The Evergreen Band was established in 1995 by a group of retired bandsmen seeking an opportunity to perform and have a social rehearsal.
Initially formed as concert band, the Evergeen Band has developed into very friendly brass band.
We are the most active brass band in Bendigo with 26 concerts and 45 rehearsals scheduled for 2019.
The Band performs at both public and private functions. Each fortnight the Evergreen Band provides a daytime concert at various retirement villages throughout the City of Greater Bendigo.
Because we normally only rehearse and perform during daylight hours on weekdays, members of other bands are also able to join the Evergreen Band.
Most of our members are retired, however we welcome players of all ages.
Rehearsals are held on Mondays, excluding public holidays, from 12:45 pm to 2:45 pm.
Afternoon tea is held during rehearsal and usually includes fresh home-made scones served with jam and whipped cream.
The last rehearsal for the year is scheduled for
Monday 9th December 2019.
Rehearsals are held in the bandroom of City of Greater Bendigo Brass Band - located at the Tom Flood Sports Centre, Water Street, Bendigo.
The Band room is behind Clan Macleod Pipe Band Room.
Enter via Water Street. Drive straight across the asphalt bus parking towards the buildings, through the gate, then park within the fenced yard at the band rooms.
There is no parking between Water Street and the Band yard during band rehearsal on school days. Council parking officers may issue parking infringement notices on school days.
|Wed 30th Jan 2019||1:30 pm||Bendigo Health - Stella Anderson, North Bendigo|
|Wed 13th Feb 2019||1:30 pm||Bendigo Health - Joan Pinder, North Bendigo|
|Wed 27th Feb 2019||1:30 pm||Bethlehem Home for the Aged, Golden Square|
|Sun 10th Mar 2019||10:30 am||Sandakan Memorial Service, Strathdale|
|Wed 13th Mar 2019||1:30 pm||Benetas - St Laurence Crt, Kangaroo Flat|
|Wed 27th Mar 2019||1:30 pm||Royal Freemasons, Flora Hill|
|Wed 10th Apr 2019||1:30 pm||Benetas - St Laurence Ct, California Gully|
|Wed 1st May 2019||1:30 pm||Bendigo Retirement Village, Spring Gully|
|Wed 8th May 2019||1:30 pm||Royal Freemasons, Kangaroo Flat|
|Wed 22nd May 2019||2:00 pm||Strath-Haven Residential Care, Kennington|
|Wed 5th Jun 2019||1:30 pm||Bentleys Aged Care, East Bendigo|
|Wed 19th Jun 2019||1:30 pm||Aviva Communities, Kangaroo Flat|
|Wed 3rd Jul 2019||1:30 pm||Royal Freemasons, Flora Hill|
|Wed 17th Jul 2019||1:30 pm||Bethlehem Home for the Aged, Golden Square|
|Wed 31st Jul 2019||1:30 pm||Bendigo Health - Stella Anderson, North Bendigo|
|Wed 14th Aug 2019||1:30 pm||Victoria Heights Residential Care, Ironbark|
|Sun 18th Aug 2019||10:30 am||Vietnam Veterans Day - RSL, Long Gully|
|Wed 28th Aug 2019||1:30 pm||Bupa Aged Care, North Bendigo|
|Wed 11th Sep 2029||1:30 pm||Bendigo Retirment Village, Spring Gully|
|Wed 25th Sep 2019||1:30 pm||Benitas - St Laurence Court, California Gully|
|Wed 9th Oct 2019||1:30 pm||Royal Freemasons, Golden Square|
|Wed 23rd Oct 2019||1:30 pm||Benetas - St Laurence Crt, Kangaroo Flat|
|Wed 6th Nov 2019||2:00 pm||Strath-Haven, Kennington|
|Wed 20th Nov 2019||1:30 pm||Bendigo Health - Joan Pinder, North Bendigo|
|Sun 1st Dec 2019||5:10 pm||Summer in the Park, Botanical Gardens, White Hills|
|Wed 4th Dec 2019||1:30 pm||Royal Freemasons, Kangaroo Flat|
During 2010, the Evergreen Band was privileged to secure, Brian McMennemin as their new Musical Director. Brian is a Life Member of the Victorian Bands' League and was awarded a Service Medal for 60 years membership and their Certificate of Merit. The National Band Council of Australia have awarded Brian a 25 year Service Medal. He is a member of Eaglehawk Citizens' Brass Band where he plays Eb tuba and is a committee member of Bendigo and District Band's Group.
At 11 years of age, he started on the baritone at Maldon Brass Band under the tutorage of Eric Desmond and then progressed to euphonium. In 1956 he entered the RAAF as a boy musician in the RAAF Band at Laverton. Upon leaving the RAAF in 1964, he joined St Kilda Brass Band and remained until 1969 whereupon he moved to Springvale and joined Dandenong Municipal Band. Whilst at Dandenong he also became conductor of their junior band.
In 1976 Brian moved to Bendigo and became bandmaster of Bendigo Central Band. In 1977 the Shire of Strathfieldsaye sponsored the band and it became known as Strathfieldsaye Municipal Band. During 1979, Brian became conductor of Hopetoun Bendigo Band. In 1984 whilst still conductor at Hopetoun Bendigo Band, Brian also became conductor at Marist Brothers Band.
Brian has taken bands to both state and national championships, with bands under his baton winning three national titles.
Formed in 1995, the Band was originally known as Bendigo Evergreen Concert Band. Rehearsals and meetings were held in the rooms of the City of Bendigo Brass Band. (now called City of Greater Bendigo Brass Band).
The Band was incorporated as The Evergreen Concert Band Inc.
The Evergreen Band affiliated with the Bendigo & District Bands' Group.
The Band moved to the bandroom of Marist Brothers Band (now called Marist Brass Band).
The Band explored a change of uniform, but decided to retain the existing navy blue trousers/skirt, white shirt and navy tie.
Being unable to source more blue neckties, the Band replaced them with black bow-ties.
The Band joined the Victorian Bands' League.
With the attrition of reed players, the Band had become a brass band. The name of the corporate entity was changed to Evergreen Band Inc. Registration number A0036380Z.
Day-time parking at Marist Brothers Band disappeared due to the establishment of the new Doxa School.
Consequently the Band moved back to the City of Bendigo Brass Band hall.
The black bow-ties were replaced by green neck ties for the men and green scarves for the ladies. The colour of the trousers/skirts had changed from navy to black some years ago.
The website was proposed on 28th August 2017.
The Band adopted the Model Rules from the Associations Incorporation Reform Regulations (Vic) 2012. The aims & objectives were also updated.
The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission has approved Evergreen Band Inc as a registered charity.