Anzac Day

Each year, Blue Mountains Concert Band and Mountains Youth Band perform public and private Anzac Day services.  This is a selection of our experiences.

Anzac Services 2022

BMCB and MYB were grateful to be able to commemorate Anzac Day in person this year.

The bands combined to perform at the Anzac Service at the Anzac Memorial in Glenbrook Panthers Bowling Club.

Photo credit: Greg FarmerVideo credit: Denis Bainbridge

2021 Music for Anzac Day

A Commemoration

This year, with the cancellation of services in the Blue Mountains due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the bands have created two short videos of commemorative music in the spirit of ANZAC.

Join with us in honouring our Service men and women, past and present. Lest We Forget.

Mountains Youth Band
2021 Anzac Day Commemoration

'The Recessional' arranged by Ed Wilson

'The New Anzacs' composed by Brian Hogg

The Recessional

God of our fathers known of old

Lord of our far flung battle line

Beneath whose awful hand we hold

Dominion over palm and pine -

Lord God of hosts be with us yet

Lest we forget - lest we forget.

The tumult and the shouting dies

The captains and the kings depart

Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice

A humble and a contrite heart

Lord God of hosts be with us yet

Lest we forget - lest we forget.

- Rudyard Kipling

Blue Mountains Concert Band
2021 Anzac Day Commemoration

'Abide With Me' - arranged by Ed Wilson

'Vera Lynn Forever' - arranged by Willy Hautvast

'The Man From Snowy River' - composed by Bruce Rowlands, arranged by Ed Wilson

Abide With Me

Abide with me: fast falls the eventide,

The darkness deepens: Lord, with me abide;

When other helpers fail, and comforts flee,

Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;

Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;

Change and decay in all around I see;

O thou who changest not abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes,

Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;

Heaven’s morning breaks and earth’s vain shadows flee;

In life, in death, O Lord abide with me.

- Henry Francis Lyte

2020 Driveway Dawn Service

At 6am, members of Blue Mountains Concert Band commemorated Anzac Day from their homes and driveways by performing the Last Post and Rouse on their own instruments. BMCB have played for the Blaxland-Glenbrook RSL Dawn and Morning Services for approximately 30 years; to have to stay away this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic was a blow to our commitment of service to our community.

Music is our way of upholding the memory of those who once defended us and honouring those who still do.