Welcome to the
EVERGREEN
Brass Band
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Sponsors

The Evergreen Brass Band would like to thank the following for providing grants.

KL (Fostervile Gold Mine)
City of Greater Bendigo

About Us

EVERGREEN Band is an Australian Registered Charity from Bendigo, Victoria, that brings live band music to residents of care homes and retirement villages.

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 a very friendly band of brass and percussion instruments.

Activity

We are THE most active brass band in Bendigo.

The Band performs at both public and private functions. Each fortnight the Evergreen Band provides a daytime concert at various care homes and retirement villages throughout the City of Greater Bendigo.

Members

We are a very friendly band with fun rehearsals and performances which are normally held during daylight hours on weekdays. We play marches but do not march nor enter competitions. Most members also belong to other bands in the area.

Players of all ages are welcome.

Rehearsals & Performances

We welcome visitors and new members.

Time

Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (excluding Easter Monday).

Afternoon tea is held during rehearsal and usually includes fresh home-made scones served with jam and whipped cream.

Location

Rehearsals are held in the bandroom of Eaglehawk Citizens' Brass Band,
27 Peg Leg Road, Eaglehawk Victoria.

The Bandroom is opposite Aldi between the ambulance station and the fire station.


Google Map

Parking

The Eaglehawk Citizens' Band Car Park is located in Market Street opposite Seymoure Street. Street parking is also available in Peg Leg Road.

2021 Concert Calendar

(Last updated on 07 December 2021 @ 02:38 pm)

DateTimeVenue
1Wed 31st Mar 202112:30 pm - 1:30 pmHargreaves Mall near Williamson St, Bendigo
2Fri 2nd April 20213:00 pm - 5:00 pmGood Friday Concert, Ulumburra Theatre, Bendigo
(plus another 4 community bands)
3Wed 14th Apr 20211:30 pmBendigo Retirement Village
33-53 Mandurang Road, Spring Gully
4Wed 28th Apr 20212:00 pmUniting AgeWell Strath-Haven
131-149 Condon Street, Strathdale
5Wed 12th May 20212:00 pmBentleys Aged Care
47 Harpin St, East Bendigo
6Wed 26th May 20211:30 pmBenetas, St Laurence Crt
6-8 Wesley St, Kangaroo Flat
7Wed 23rd Jun 20211:00 pmAviva Communities
31 Furness St, Kangaroo Flat
8Wed 7th Jul 2021
*** Cancelled ***
Royal Freemasons
61 Alder St, Kangaroo Flat
9Wed 4th Aug 2021
*** Cancelled due to COVID restrictions ***
Freedom Aged Care
107-115 Condon St, Kennington
10Wed 18th Aug 2021
*** Cancelled due to COVID restrictions ***
Vietnam Veterans Day
Bendigo RSL, Havilah Road, Long Gully
11Wed 15th Sep 2021
*** Cancelled due to COVID restrictions ***
Bendigo Retirement Village
33-53 Mandurang Rd, Spring Gully
12Wed 13th Oct 2021
*** Cancelled due to COVID restrictions ***
Benetas St Laurence Ct
6-8 Wesley St, Kangaroo Flat
13Wed 10th Nov 20211:30 pm - 2:30 pmBenitas St Lawrence Crt
6-8 Wesley St, Kangaroo Flat
14Wed 1st Dec 20211:30 pm - 2:30 pmBendigo Retirement Village
33-53 Mandurang Rd, Spring Gully
15Wed 8th Dec 2021
*** Cancelled due to COVID close contact at venue ***
Benitas St Lawrence Crt
6-8 Wesley St, Kangaroo Flat
16Wed 15th Dec 20216:00 pm - 8:00 pmCarols at Bunnings
Midland Highway, Epsom
17Sat 18th Dec 20217:00 pmChristmas Carols
Uniting Church, High St Wedderburn
18Wed 22nd Dec 20211:00 pm - 2:30 pmCarols at Bunnings
Midland Highway, Epsom

Musical Director

EVERGREEN Brass Band, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.

Brian McMennemin OAM

During 2010, the Evergreen Band was privileged to secure, Brian McMennemin as their new Musical Director. On 26th January 2021, Brian was awarded the Medal of The Order of Australia for his service to music through brass bands. 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 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 Bands' Group.

At 11 years of age, Brian 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 OAM
    (2010 to date)

History

Our little story.

  • baby

    1994

    Our Humble Beginnings

    Formed in August 1994, 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 room.

  • 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

    20th 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

    Charity Registeration

    Evergreen Band Inc. is registered by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission.

  • 25th logo

    August 2019

    25th Anniversary

  • covid-19 graphic

    9th March 2020

    Covid-19 Pandemic

    The COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions required the Band to go into recess, cancelling all performances and rehearsals.

  • removalist truck

    25th January 2021

    Move to Eaglehawk

    There had been a continuing issue with daytime access and parking at the City of Greater Bendigo Brass Band room prompting the move to rehearse at Eaglehawk Citizens' Brass Band room.

  • Order of Australia

    26th January 2021

    Brian McMennemin OAM

    Congratulations Brian! Our musical director was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his service to music through brass bands.

  • smile

    31st March 2021

    We're Back Performing

    After over a year of cancelled performances due to pandemic lockdowns, our first gig was at lunchtime in Hargreaves Mall, Bendigo.

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President: Robert Hallinan
Vice-president: David Hague
Secretary: Lynette Blainey
Treasurer: Ellis Blainey
For Bookings please contact:
John Tatti


or phone
0409 437 327
All other correspondence to:

The Secretary, Evergreen Band Inc
752 Strathfieldsaye Road
STRATHFIELDSAYE Victoria 3551 Australia