Michael (left), 11, Glen, 44, and Bryce Whitaker OAM, 69, keep the family tradition alive during the Best of Brass march.
Michael (left), 11, Glen, 44, and Bryce Whitaker OAM, 69, keep the family tradition alive during the Best of Brass march. Alistair Brightman

Bands out for brass extravaganza

COMPETITION will continue today for the Best of Brass that has attracted 18 bands from around Australia.

Participating bands have come from Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Gladstone, the Sunshine Coast and other areas to join the Maryborough Brass Band in competition.

Competitors took to the Brolga Theatre for a march and more competitions after the opening night on Saturday.

The bands will find out today who will take home the prizes after all the categories wrap up this afternoon.

The soloist competitions were held on Saturday, with one soloist coming from Sydney to compete.

Maryborough Brass Band president Bryce Whitaker said he was very happy with the crowd that turned out on Saturday night.

“Even though it was wet, it was almost packed to capacity,” he said.

“We are very happy with our performances.”

Mr Whitaker's grandson Michael Whitaker won second place in the Under-12 trumpet solo competition and also won the encouragement award.

Mr Whitaker said many Maryborough performers had done well in the competitions so far.

Maryborough's Thomas Dietrich came third place in the Under-16 solo competition.

Mr Whitaker said the hugely popular event would return to Maryborough's Brolga Theatre again next year.

“It has been very successful,” he said.

Visit the Brolga Theatre today to see the remaining categories.



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