Rich history shines through for Wondai band
THE Wondai Town and District Band is one of the town's oldest continuing organisations.
Originally a marching band that welcomed the first train to Wondai in 1904, it reformed officially in 1909 and has operated continuously since then.
In later years, the band achieved a remarkable record of service.
It farewelled citizens from Wondai Railway Station as they departed to serve in two world wars.
Winston Burrows has played in the band for 54 years and said most members found it difficult to leave.
"They're a wonderful group of people, and they work together really well - even the young ones want to join in," he said.
"I put that success down to the band's friendship and fellowship."
The members range from young to old, with the band's oldest member being former Wondai mayor Percy Iszlaub, who has been playing tuba for the band for 73 years.
From its roots as a marching band, the Wondai Town and District Band has gone on to play contemporary music to cater to young and old.
"The introduction to the different tunes and contemporary-type music has probably been the biggest change for the band," Mr Burrows said.
"It's really all about teamwork. We've got some wonderful players, and the older members end up mentoring the younger ones."
The band has at least three families that play together and pass their knowledge on to one another, one replacing the other when a member leaves.
"We just like to have fun and have close friendships with each other," Mr Burrows said.
The band will play at the Wondai Show this Saturday from 12.30pm.