The positive power of music is alive and well in Wee Waa as the community band continues to recruit new members. Pictured, Alana Galagher, Susanne Kable, Sarah-Jane Horne, Tim Weaver, Peter Carrett, Leon Wager, Jack Gett, Josie Galagher, Anna Baird and Anna Haire, middle, Emily Brand, Jo Horne, Emma Dixon, Tess Haire and Miranda Davis, front, Charlie and Ted Haire. Absent: Jess Bignall, Bree Pillar and Edwina Keft.
On Monday evenings, music and laughter can be heard echoing out from inside the Rose Street Gardens’ hall, as the Wee Waa Community Band holds its weekly practice session.
Recently, the Wee Waa News ventured inside the hall, and found the always-jubilant Peter Carrett enthusiastically conducting a band of local musicians.
“You’re playing like a drunken sailor,” exclaimed Mr Carrett.
“That’s better, that’s better – that’s good now,” Mr Carrett added, as he positively encouraged the band to perform.
Band members vary in age and they play a variety of instruments – from the trumpet and keyboard to the glockenspiel.
The colour, fun and movement inside the hall is a stark contrast to the horrible dust and wind blowing down the main street.
And it seems a world away, as the band started playing an upbeat, Appalacian folk dance tune.
It’s clear the positive power of music is alive and well in Wee Waa.
“There is nothing like the power of music to lift the soul out of darkness, particularly when times are tough – it’s a good mantra for this group,” said Mr Carrett.
Most locals would have heard, or at least heard about, the Wee Waa Community Band but its humble members don’t always trumpet the ensemble’s success.
The group was formed less than a year ago, in September 2018, and already boasts 25 band members who are currently building up to a crescendo of concerts.
“The band continues to develop a program of songs for future performances,” said Mr Carrett.
“They played at the community Anzac Day service in April and took part in the Narrabri Eisteddfod in May.
“Other performances for the rest of the year include the Wee Waa High School concert night, the Country Music Muster, Weeronga aged-care facility, the Mardi Gras and the Community Carols Night at the hospital.”
Former school principal Mr Carrett has never been one to sit still for long, and so it was little surprise that his retirement, in 2018, sparked the start of a new project – the formation of a band.
“Retirement doesn’t mean giving up on your community and I find myself as busy as ever, and with help, the dream of a community band for our town will be realised,” said Mr Carrett.