Band on the move, 40 years on

Blacktown City Band are ready to face the music. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Blacktown City Band are ready to face the music. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Blacktown City Band are ready to face the music. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Blacktown City Band are ready to face the music. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Blacktown City Band are ready to face the music. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

Blacktown City Band are ready to face the music. Pictures: Helen Nezdropa

THE music will soon end for their first and only home but the show must go on for Blacktown City Band.

After 40 years at the Imperial Band Hall at Blacktown Showground — which was built by original members — the band hopes to move into its new home by the end of the year.

The band will have a dedicated space at the former Lalor Park Senior Citizens Centre, which is being redeveloped into a community resource hub.

Blacktown Council previously resolved the Imperial Band Hall should be demolished due to its age and condition.

The lease and licence for the band's new home is expected to be approved at tomorrow night's council meeting.

"There will be no time for tissues because we'll be too busy," band director Bill Belcher said.

"It gives us a chance to go through 40 years of junk. Our library consists of 3000 pieces of music."

The band looks forward to moving into its new home.

"There's a euphoria of not knowing what will happen next," Mr Belcher said.

"We're sorry we have to go and it's the end of an era but we look forward to having more storage. The council has been very generous. There are also prospects for us to teach music in our new home."

He hopes the Imperial Band Hall can be saved.

"It's a landmark that has started to wear but it would be a shame to lose it," he said.

Blacktown City Band was runner-up at various state and national titles before it switched its focus to performing at events.

The band has performed in front of 100,000 in China and enjoyed a two-week European tour last year where it performed eight concerts.

It plays once a month at Westpoint Blacktown and also at Westfield Mount Druitt.

Mr Belcher has been playing in bands for 65 years.

"I'm one of people who will never retire," he said.

"Some may think it's stupidity but I love simply love playing.

" Music is like a disease. Once you start playing an instrument, you're hooked and it becomes a hobby for life."

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