If you were hearing the sounds of brass band music echoing around town during the past week, you were not alone – the 29 member Brass Band comprising members from bands of Ottobeuren, Hawangen and Bohen and the Unter Allgau Region of Bavaria Germany, were in town to celebrate the 9th Biennial Bavarian Music Festival and Beerfest.
This event has its roots in the signing of the Sister City Partnership Deed by then Mayor, Cr Lucy Sullivan in Ottobeuren on 5 October 2002.
To celebrate the relationship between our towns, Council hosted a Civic Welcome for the Band on Wednesday, 1 March in the School of Arts Theatre. This followed on from their earlier and impromptu appearance at the early morning Business Breakfast in the School of Arts Banquet Hall.
Mayor Peter Petty welcomed the visitors as did Local Member Hon Thomas George MP.
“This is a great event for Tenterfield”, Mayor Petty said. “The Partnership is now in it’s fifteenth year and the willingness of Band members to travel to Tenterfield and share their wonderful music is greatly appreciated”, he added.
Further, he thanked the Tenterfield Rotary Club for organising the event and for the many families who are willing to host Band members for the week.
“It is the great spirit of our community working together that allows an event such as this to take place. These are things that make Tenterfield great”, Mayor Petty added.
Gifts were exchanged with Council presenting each of the Band members with a small, framed print by local botanical and wildlife artist Nola Sindel.
The Band had a busy week, performing not only at the Civic Welcome but at a Concert in the School of Arts on Thursday, School Concert at the High School MPU on Friday, performance in Bruxner Park on Saturday morning to celebrate the launch of 2017 Seniors Week, the Bavarian Beerfest in the Memorial Hall on Saturday evening and culminating with a performance in the Band Rotunda in Jubilee Park on Sunday morning.
Media Contact: Mayor, Peter Petty 0411 475 301