In 1985, as part of International Youth Year, LBMCB was invited to perform as the guest band at the Orange Festival of the Arts. They joined Blue Mountains and Lithgow City Bands, Orange City Industrial Band and the Orange Police Boys Junior Band to play at the Orange Civic Centre and in Robertson Park. In that same year, the band performed several concerts, including at Springwood Hospital fete and Glenbrook Centenary Fair.
By 1990 the band had gained recognition as a significant local community organisation. In addition to town fairs in the lower Mountains, the band performed at many and varied local community events including Blaxland/Glenbrook RSL Anzac services and Carols by Candlelight services, and further afield at Canberra’s Floriade. In 2001 the band changed its name to Lower Blue Mountains Concert Band Inc.
In Easter 2002, the band travelled to Broken Hill to the Year of the Outback Band Festival & Military Tattoo. Competing against interstate bands, LBMCB won the Concert Band section of the contest and was invited to perform at the Gala Concert in the Broken Hill Entertainment Centre.
In 2009, Mountains Youth Band achieved national recognition when it was awarded Champion Band at the Australian National Concert Band Championships (Junior C). The band travelled to Hobart in the following year and successfully defended this title. These successes established Mountains Youth Band as the premier youth community concert band in Sydney’s western region. Mountains Youth Band has performed numerous outstanding concerts, and was recognised by the NSW Government with a development grant of $10,000 in 2009.
The impact of Mountains Youth Band has been significant with many instrumentalists progressing to University to study music, or performing with prestigious Sydney ensembles. However it is the camaraderie and development of musicianship that highlights the contribution this band has made to many young people, and the opportunity for engagement with the Arts experienced by the players, their families and the wider community.
In May 2005, the Lower Blue Mountains Concert Band adult division amalgamated with the Mountains Wind Ensemble. This ensured the viability of a strong local concert band for rehearsals, performances and social activities. The membership has been augmented in recent years, with some members of Mountains Youth Band graduating and joining the adult band, and some parents of youth band members and other interested community members dusting off old instruments and returning to ensemble playing, some after many decades of absence. The strength in numbers, development of skills and range of instruments has allowed a more diverse repertoire to be enjoyed and the chance for the adult band to compete at eisteddfods and perform major concerts.
The first thirty years….
Blue Mountains Concert Band Inc. is now recognised as a significant local organisation, contributing at many levels to the community. The band regularly supports local Anzac Day services, and community fairs and events. In the recent few years, all three divisions have combined to present outstanding concerts, showcasing the growing strength of the organisation and the musical talent and dedication of all instrumentalists in the band, and of our musical directors, Garry Clark and Tim Coggins.
For thirty years, this organisation has contributed to the Blue Mountains and wider community, and has engaged a significant number of people of all ages with the Arts, through their participation as performers with the band, or through their enjoyment as members of the appreciative audiences.