Sound of brass mu­sic brings joy to res­i­dents

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Clare Kenyon

A brass band brought Christ­mas joy to aged care and dis­abil­ity ser­vices last Sun­day.

The Gold­fields Brass Band vol­un­teered their af­ter­noon to de­light peo­ple stay­ing at Amana Liv­ing, the chil­dren’s ward at the Kal­go­or­lie Hos­pi­tal, Pira Av­enue and Vic­to­ria House.

Nor­mally a band of 25, 12 mem­bers went out armed with many in­stru­ments such as trom­bones, flutes, trum­pets and horns.

Band pres­i­dent Mike Lee said ev­ery­one was singing along and it made for a very happy day.

“The staff at Pira and Vic­to­ria House had all their res­i­dents out, so we played to many peo­ple,” he said.

“We man­aged to sur­prise a few peo­ple with our pres­ence as well.”

The band’s en­gage­ments are usu­ally all for the com­mu­nity and Mr Lee said it was some­thing they loved do­ing.

“Es­pe­cially for those peo­ple who can’t al­ways get out and about,” he said.

Gold­fields In­di­vid­ual Fam­ily and Support As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Robert Hicks said the res­i­dents ap­pre­ci­ated the band tak­ing the trou­ble to come out and play.

For band con­duc­tor Keith Ni­chols, it was one of his last per­for­mances in the role, as he is step­ping down after five years.

The band hopes some­one will fill his shoes soon.

Pic­ture: Louise White

The Gold­fields Brass Band per­forms for Pira Av­enue res­i­dent John Payne.

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