On Sunday, February 25, the 50th Anniversary Concert of ‘Music For The People’ was held at Mossvale Park.
Mossvale Park is a magnificent facility with mature shade trees exceeding 100 years in age and located between Leongatha and Mirboo North.
That this annual event of fine Music For The People celebrated its 50th anniversary on the day is noteworthy and a tribute to all involved.
The event is organised by a small band of dedicated volunteers and to their credit, is supported each year by local service clubs, individuals, organisations and the South Gippsland Shire Council.
To say it was a great day of music and entertainment would be an understatement. It was fabulous.
For more than five hours, the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band, the South Gippsland Concert Band, the Wonthaggi Citizens Band and the Royal Australian Navy Band and vocalists provided a wonderful program of world class music.
Anyone who loves brass bands would have been enthralled however the music covered the full spectrum ranging from traditional marching music through to jazz, swing, popular classics and Broadway favourites.
During one of the interludes, to the surprise of all, a group of musicians from the Inverloch area known as the Invy Horn Jam did an impromptu walk through the audience playing New Orleans style Jazz, another highlight.
My purpose in writing, however, is to highlight that this wonderful day of music and entertainment deserved an audience far beyond the number which attended. There were probably less than 300.
I have been attending this wonderful day of music for around 40 years and can recall appreciative audiences in the past of around 2000 in number. This concert deserves much more support than it is getting and I correspond in the hope that next year, South Gippslanders who appreciate music will consider this to be a must-attend event.
Anyone who appreciates and loves fine music and entertainment will be assured of a wonderful day.
I suggest people who reside within a one hour drive of Mossvale Park should put it in their calendar for next year. This fabulous park with wonderful mature shade trees, proper toilet facilities and a purpose built sound shell is the ideal setting for this wonderful annual event.
The weather in February is usually ideal and many regular attendees bring a picnic lunch and liquid refreshments.
Refreshments can also be purchased at the event.
I see no reason why the audience should be less than 1000 and hopefully build from there in coming years.
Let’s support this event next year as it moves into its second half century of bringing ‘Music For The People’.
Alan Brown, Wattle Bank.