Yarrabah Band Festival : Return of the brass band brings thousands out to Indigenous Community
By Kristy Sexton - Mc Grath | November 09, 2014
A lost historical Aboriginal brass band has performed again in far north Queensland for the first time in 40 years.
The second annual Yarrabah Band Festival attracted thousands of people to the Indigenous community of Yarrabah, west of Cairns, on Saturday night.
It saw performances from Queensland duo Busby Marou and Indigenous singer-songwriter Shellie Morris, and the resurrection of the Yarrabah Brass Band.
Queensland Music Festival artistic director James Morrison, who has been working with his brother John to encourage elders and children to pick up trumpets and tenor horns once again, said the return of the brass band was monumental.
"They had a brass band here from 1901, full strength until the 1950s, it carried on a little into the 70s but sort of died out," he said.
"But during that time there were a number of Indigenous bands who not only played in their communities but travelled around and competed and performed.''
Yarrabah Brass Band co-ordinator Greg Fourmile said it had stirred up some strong emotions, especially among the community's elders.
"It brought back the memories of when they were kids listening to the brass band in their era and pride, I suppose, because there's members of the band that are grandparents as well as uncles and fathers," he said.
Latest News | Novembber 09, 2014
The Yarrabah Brass Band stirred up some strong emotions in the community.