Lithgow band to play in the footsteps of their comrades

JOINING TOGETHER: Between April 16 and July 13, 1915, Jack McNeill, Archie Mullins, John Osborne, Albert Rogers, John Pendlebury, Shaw Wood, Victor Braddock, James Marsland and Leslie Annesley all presented at the military barracks in Liverpool NSW and enlisted as stretcher bearers and bandsmen. Picture: SUPPLIED.

JOINING TOGETHER: Between April 16 and July 13, 1915, Jack McNeill, Archie Mullins, John Osborne, Albert Rogers, John Pendlebury, Shaw Wood, Victor Braddock, James Marsland and Leslie Annesley all presented at the military barracks in Liverpool NSW and enlisted as stretcher bearers and bandsmen. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Lithgow City Band is recruiting brass players interested in touring the WW1 Western Front either in 2018 or 2019. 

The Band plans to pay their respects on behalf of all who have fallen but particularly to former Lithgow bandsmen, Jack McNeill and Shaw Wood, who were killed in action on May 5, 1916 and are buried in the Brewery Orchard Bois Grenier just outside of the town of Armentieres.

The band will perform a commemorative service at Bois Grenier as well as visiting other sites including Ypres, Fromelles and Paschendale.

LOOKING FOR BRASS AND PERCUSSION: Lithgow City Band.

LOOKING FOR BRASS AND PERCUSSION: Lithgow City Band.

An information meeting will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, June 27 in the band hall in Wylde Street, Lithgow (behind the Mitchell Conservatorium) for brass or percussionists players who would be interested in joining the band for this very challenging but fulfilling  venture.

“This is by far the most ambitious enterprise the band has taken on in recent memory, even eclipsing the production of ‘1915’ from  two years ago,” band spokesman Don White said.

“But it’s a worthy venture that gives our band a focus outside of the many local events that it supports and provides a unique opportunity for local musicians to perform and honour their past.

Enquiries to lithgowcitybandinfo@gmail.com or Don White on 0413 034 508. 

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