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BIU band now recruiting

Wednesday, 29th July, 2009

The Barrier Industrial Unions band is offering free sessions for locals interested in learning a brass or percussion instrument.

The band is on a recruiting drive to bolster its ranks and is offering three weeks of free tuition to aspiring musicians.

Instructor Steve Podnar said the band was particularly interested in hearing from adults who wanted get a start in music.

"It doesn't matter if they start from scratch and they have no musical experience at all," he said.

"Just as long as they're over 10 years old and willing to learn."

The band has a number of spare instruments available for people to learn on, ranging in size from the cornet through to the bass.

"We're hoping to recruit the next generation of band members who will come through and stay with the band," said Instructor Steve Vine.

"Whether they're new players, or ex-bandsmen who would like to come out and play again."

One person who has had a good time training with the band is Peter McFeeters, who is now a bass player despite having had no previous musical experience.

Mr McFeeters encouraged anyone with an interest in music and the desire to learn to give the BIU Band a go.

"It's been excellent. It's very social, there's good tutors, and it's a good band to play with," he said.

"It's a great night, and there's not a lot of cost involved."

Interested people are welcome to attend an information night with the band, which will be held at the BIU Band Hall on August 5 at 7pm.

"We'll just have a talk about what's involved in being in the band, what training is available, and we'll have some instruments there if people want to have a blow," said Mr Vine.

More information can be obtained from Steve Podnar on 8087 7633 or via the band's website at www.biuband.com.au.

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