Centenary Performance a Blast!

On Saturday the 3rd of October, Lismore South Public celebrated its centenary and Lismore City Concert Band were invited to augment the ceremony, starting it with a stirring rendition of Waltzing Matilda.

The audience was an enthusiastic amalgamation of past students, parents, teachers and community members. After hearing three of the past headmasters reminisce, watching the planting of a commemorative tree, and seeing the P&C give the school a new banner, the Lismore City Concert Band played the ceremony out with the very Aussie Click Go the Shears. This was followed by a further 40 minute set of our repertoire easing from the ceremony into generational mingling reunions (dating back to 1926) and general appreciation of the historical displays.

The band was sounding particularly good, and we received several compliments on the overall tone, and versatile repertoire.

Thank you to Lismore South Public for having us, it was an excellent day.

Lismore South Public School performance

Lismore South Public School Centenary Performance


Lismore City Concert Band will be playing at the official opening of Lismore South Public School Centenary on Saturday 3rd October. The Band Director, Mr Ben Van Kleef said “this event fulfils our mission to bring the community together to make music.”

In previous years the Concert Band had a very strong association with the school, when many students and members of their extended families played with the Band.

During the 1970s-90s the band had over 80 players, including many school students, with rehearsals taking place in the Lismore Band Hall behind Oakes Oval in Magellan Street.

Today the band is rebuilding on a small and committed core of players, and has ambitious plans to recreate its past glories. The band welcomes previous players, particularly past students and family members of the Lismore South Public School, to join them playing at these celebrations.

Band Director, Mr Ben Van Kleef, said “it would be a great honour to have past members of the band and school join us for this performance”. If you’d like to take part, please contact Ben on 0432 575 911.

The Lismore City Concert Band rehearses during school term on Monday evenings at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, 5-6.30pm in the upstairs Concert Room. The final rehearsal in preparation for the Lismore South Public School event is Friday 2nd October 2-4pm.