The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Music

The Castle Hill RSL North West Wind Ensemble and the Hills Music Academy Senior Band will hone its skills and reach new audiences in 2018 thanks to a share of $27,200 in funding announced today by Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin.

The two bands are amongst 23 community brass and concert bands across the state sharing 2018 Community Band Development Grants Program funding from the NSW Government.

The Castle Hill RSL North West Wind Ensemble will use its funding of $1200 to stage a concert performance to launch a CD of the band’s music.

The Hills Music Academy Senior Band will use $1,400 to hold a ‘Space and Beyond Concert’ featuring both of the Hills Music Academy bands, special guest artists and soloists. The performance will also be recorded for a DVD.

Mr Elliott said, “The Castle Hill RSL North West Wind Ensemble is a very much-loved part of region and I have great memories of their performances. To know that they can improve and extend their offering through this funding is fantastic and I look forward to hearing more from the band throughout the year.”

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said that volunteer bands play a great role in building local community spirit across NSW regions, and are a familiar placement in many areas.

“These bands bring together committed and passionate musicians to create the reliable fixtures that we see across so many communities in the state,” Mr Harwin said.

“Investment into skills development, workshops, concerts, recordings and guest appearances helps us to keep this enthusiasm alive, rewarding volunteer dedication to create impassioned music with more excitement than ever.”

Formed in 1895, the Band Association of NSW is one of the oldest and longest serving volunteer organisations in the country and has been proudly supported by the NSW Government for more than 25 years.

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