The Cardinia Civic Concert Band has had another busy year participating in many community events including Australia Day, the Summer Music Series at Emerald Lake Park, Pakenham Show, regular citizenship ceremonies and ANZAC Day events throughout the Shire. The band also held its first car boot sale as well as 2 variety nights.

The highlight of the band’s calendar was their first overseas concert tour. Touring through Austria and Italy, The Cardinia Civic Concert Band held 14 performances in internationally acclaimed venues including Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna and Hohensalzburg Fortress in Salzburg. A highlight for the 45 members on tour was the opportunity to perform alongside local bands in Salzburg and Binasco. Their hospitality was second to none and we look forward to hosting them in Australia in the near future. The tour was a huge success and a credit to the dedication and talent of our local musicians.

For the first time this year our annual concert was held in the Lakeview Room at the Cardinia Cultural Centre. The band performed to a record crowd and received many outstanding reviews from our regular attendees as well as members of the community experiencing the band for the first time.

As the year draws to a close the band is preparing for the Christmas season where they will be performing at the Pakenham, Lang Lang, Maryknoll and Beaconsfield Carols by Candlelight.

If you are interested in finding our more about the band or wish to join please see our website or visit our Facebook page. We rehearse every Tuesday night at 7.30 at the Army Road Hall in Pakenham Upper and are always looking for new members of all ages and abilities.