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Barossa Band Festival celebrates 150 years of band music
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Tanunda will be awash with the rousing music of brass and pipe bands on the 5th and 6th of October, as the Barossa Band Festival takes to the streets. The 2007 Barossa Band Festival will combine three important musical events; the 150th anniversary of the Tanunda Town Band, the South Australian State Band Championships, and the popular Street March of the bands along Tanunda’s main street. The program begins at Tanunda Oval on Friday evening from 6.30pm, where the Tanunda Town Band will stage a carnival, complete with sideshows and rides. Entry is free. From 11am on the following day, entertainment will begin in the Rotunda on Tanunda’s main street and will include performances by a number of South Australian school bands. This will coincide with the State Band Championships in the Tanunda Show Hall (grades A & B) and in the Langmeil Centre (grades C & D). The public is welcome to attend all performances, and entry is only $5 at the door. At 2.00pm the town’s main street will host the South Australian Bagpipe Band Competition, followed at 4.30pm by a colourful Street March featuring a contingent of marching Brass Bands and Bagpipe Bands from around Australia. The music will continue into the evening with a re-enactment of the first Tanunda Town Band performance in 1867, followed by a street party with entertainment, to celebrate the Band’s 150th anniversary.