Music makes us happy whether we sing, dance or play an instrument. It is some thing we can do alone or together. It adds purpose to our community celebrations.
On Anzac Day in isolation, we played the Last Post alone at our mailboxes. It did not matter what instrument was played, the music that connected us was heard and shared by others.
This Sunday, 21st June is World Music Day. It has been celebrated every year since 1982 in over 120 countries. It started in France, where it is known as ‘Fête de la Musique’ meaning “festival of music”, to honour amateur and professional musicians. Musicians will perform for free in public places in cities across the world. Whether in isolation or with friends at home, you too can have a music day.
The Parkes Shire Concert Band members are still playing on Tuesday nights connecting by Zoom. Our music director Duncan Clement has put together a video of members playing Aladdin, which can be seen on our Facebook page. We love sharing our music and playing for our community, and we look forward to getting back to rehearsals and playing at events around the Shire.
By Ellen Tom