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The History of Cairns Municipal Band Inc.

Also see: Conductors, Performing and Associate Members

CMB Inc. was inaugurated in 1946 when Cairns Citizens 51st Battalion Band and the Railways Band were formally amalgamated.

The first contesting success was at Maryborough in 1947, followed by the first North Queensland Brass Band Festival in Cairns in 1949.

The original Band Hall was located from the Council Gardens in Aplin St to Martin Munro Park. This was destroyed by a cyclone in 1956.

A new Band hall was established in Charles St, in 1957 and is currently in use today.

The Band Committee and musicians were intensively involved in the organization of the first ever Australian Band Contest held in Cairns in 1958.

Continued growth throughout the 1960's led to the golden age of the Band during the 1970,s & 1980,s when the band became the Australian B Grade Champions for 3 years in a row 1976, 1977 and 1978. Contests continued in A Grade after that until 1982.

The Band participated in and led many community events throughout these years. In the late 1980's a change of direction was promoted.

In 1991 Tropical Brass was formed and in 1995 the Cairns Concert Band followed. These groups promoted a new tropical style of more popular music with an emphasis on community entertainment.

2006 was the 60th anniversary of the Cairns Municipal Band Inc.

In 2008 a new band was formed called Cairns Youth Stage Band. Focused on youth aged 11 to 19 this band provides an opportunity for young people to develop their skills and experience in jazz and stage band performances. From February 2015 this band was renamed Cairnsbands Big Band.

The organisation continues today with an unbroken line of Brass Banding spanning a period in excess of 100 years in Cairns.

Presidents

  • Hastie Harry 1946-1951
  • Burnell Wally 1951 - 1958
  • Maunder Arthur 1958 - 1959
  • Davie Robert 1959 - 1960
  • Burnell Wally 1962 - 1963
  • Mulry Harold 1963 - 1965
  • Ruddell Tom 1965 - 1975
  • Maunder Les 1975 - 1979
  • Ruddell Tom 1979 - 1984
  • Wright Warren 1984 - 1985
  • Bruce Don 1986 - 1989
  • Maunder David 1989 - 1990
  • Davie Col 1990 - 1995
  • Ireland Kelvin 1995
  • Medlik Les 1995 - 2001
  • Davie Col 2001 - 2004
  • Turner Brian 2004 - 2005
  • Koch Tim 2005
  • Barrett Graham 2005 - 2008
  • Smith Robin 2008 - 2010
  • Caldwell Peter - 2010 -

Life Members

  • Bosanko Henry 1968
  • Burnell Wally 1970
  • Ruddell Tom 1975
  • Dean Stan 1977
  • Rumble Mick 1981
  • Davie Col 1981
  • Maunder Les 1981
  • Wright Warren 1983
  • Medlik Les 1992
  • Davie Patty 1992
  • Turner Tom 1997
  • Wright Ron 1997
  • Wright Judy 1997
  • Harre Laurie 2009
  • Cadman Jim 2012
  • O'Brien Keith 2012
  • Barrett Ros 2012
  • Barrett Graham 2012

Conductors Brass Band

  • White Harold 1946 - 1957
  • Hopkins Dave 1957 - 1958
  • Wellings Tab 1958 - 1962
  • Ogilivie Edgar 1963 - 1966
  • Smith Ted 1966 - 1967
  • Pitchfork Norm 1967 - 1970
  • Greenwell William 1970 - 1971
  • Gorringe Frank 1971 - 1974
  • James Frank 1975 - 1981
  • Wright Warren 1981 - 1983
  • Dickie David 1983 - 1984
  • Cadman Jim 1984 - 1988
  • Milliner Ron 1988 - 1991
  • Pike Majella 1992
  • White Alan - 1995
  • Lepke Matt 1995 - 1998
  • Bolster Geoff 1998
  • Wright Warren 1998 -
  • Cadman Jim - to 2010
  • Caldwell Peter 2011-

Conductors Concert Band

  • Mills Jabin 1995
  • Amies Greg1997
  • Linstead Jane 1999
  • Corcoran Linda 2002
  • Williamson Chris 2004
  • Spannenburg Cherie 2004
  • Frost Adrian 2007 -2014
  • Knobby Neilsen 2014 -

Conductors Big Band

  • O'Connor Muir Ron 2008 - 2010
  • Hannah Steve 2010 - 2011
  • Nicholls Cameron 2011-

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18 Charles St North Cairns
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