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EVERGREEN Brass Band - a community band from Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.

Overview

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.

Activity

We are the most active brass band in Bendigo with 25 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.

Members

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 & Performances

We welcome visitors and new members.

Time

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.

Location

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.


Google Map

Parking

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.

PLEASE NOTE
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.

Concert Calendar

(Last updated on 9th April 2019.)

DateTimeVenue
Wed 30th Jan 20191:30 pmBendigo Health - Stella Anderson, North Bendigo
Wed 13th Feb 20191:30 pmBendigo Health - Joan Pinder, North Bendigo
Wed 27th Feb 20191:30 pmBethlehem Home for the Aged, Golden Square
Sun 10th Mar 201910:30 amSandakan Memorial Service, Strathdale
Wed 13th Mar 20191:30 pmBenetas - St Laurence Crt, Kangaroo Flat
Wed 27th Mar 20191:30 pmRoyal Freemasons, Flora Hill
Wed 10th Apr 20191:30 pmBenetas - St Laurence Ct, California Gully
Wed 1st May 20191:30 pmBendigo Retirement Village, Spring Gully
Wed 8th May 20191:30 pmRoyal Freemasons, Kangaroo Flat
Wed 22nd May 20192:00 pmStrath-Haven Residential Care, Kennington
Wed 5th Jun 20191:30 pmBentleys Aged Care, East Bendigo
Wed 19th Jun 20191:30 pmAviva Communities, Kangaroo Flat
Wed 3rd Jul 20191:30 pmRoyal Freemasons, Flora Hill
Wed 17th Jul 20191:30 pmBethlehem Home for the Aged, Golden Square
Wed 31st Jul 20191:30 pmBendigo Health - Stella Anderson, North Bendigo
Wed 14th Aug 20191:30 pmVictoria Heights Residential Care, Ironbark
Sun 18th Aug 201910:30 amVietnam Veterans Day - RSL, Long Gully
Wed 28th Aug 20191:30 pmBupa Aged Care, North Bendigo
Wed 11th Sep 20291:30 pmBendigo Retirment Village, Spring Gully
Wed 25th Sep 20191:30 pmBenitas - St Laurence Court, California Gully
Wed 9th Oct 20191:30 pmBentleys Aged Care, East Bendigo
Wed 23rd Oct 20191:30 pmBenetas - St Laurence Crt, Kangaroo Flat
Wed 6th Nov 20192:00 pmStrath-Haven, Kennington
Wed 20th Nov 20191:30 pmBendigo Health - Joan Pinder, North Bendigo
Wed 4th Dec 20191:30 pmRoyal Freemasons, Kangaroo Flat

Musical Director

EVERGREEN Brass Band, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.

Brian McMennemin

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.

Musical Directors

  • Bryan POCOCK
    (1995 - 1998)
  • Harry BULLOWS
    (1998 - 2001)
  • Pat DUGAN
    (2002 - 2010)
  • Brian McMENNEMIN
    (2010 to date)

History

Our little story.

  • baby

    1995

    Our Humble Beginnings

    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).

  • certificate

    14 April 1998

    Incorporation

    The Band was incorporated as The Evergreen Concert Band Inc.

  • shake hands

    10th March 1998

    Bendigo & District Bands' Group

    The Evergreen Band affiliated with the Bendigo & District Bands' Group.

  • removalist truck

    2nd June 1998

    New Band Room

    The Band moved to the bandroom of Marist Brothers Band (now called Marist Brass Band).

  • blue neck tie

    8th Feburary 1999

    Uniform

    The Band explored a change of uniform, but decided to retain the existing navy blue trousers/skirt, white shirt and navy tie.

  • black bow-tie

    1st June 2000

    Black Bow-Ties

    Being unable to source more blue neckties, the Band replaced them with black bow-ties.

  • vbl logo

    26th May 2008

    VBL

    The Band joined the Victorian Bands' League.

  • certificate

    2nd March 2009

    Name Change

    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.

  • removalist truck

    1st March 2010

    Moving Back

    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.

  • green neck tie

    25th May 2015

    New Tie Colour

    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.

  • www logo

    9th October 2017

    Website Launched

    The website was proposed on 28th August 2017.

  • certificate

    15th July 2019

    Updated Constitution

    The Band adopted the Model Rules from the Associations Incorporation Reform Regulations (Vic) 2012. The aims & objectives were also updated.

  • 28th July 2019

    Now a Registered Charity

    The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission has approved Evergreen Band Inc as a registered charity.

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President: Robert Hallinan
Vice-president: Graeme Phillips
Secretary: Lynette Blainey
Treasurer: Ellis Blainey
All correspondence to:
The Secretary
Mail address:
Evergreen Band Inc
752 Strathfieldsaye Road
STRATHFIELDSAYE Victoria 3551 Australia