The sounds of war brought to life
Bands and music played an important role in the First World War—lifting the spirits of the soldiers and instilling pride in our armed forces.
In a nod to the rousing service of army musicians, the Queensland Services Heritage Band Association (QSHBA) will fit out the Queensland Mounted Infantry Historical Troop Band (QMIHTB) in replica First World War Queensland Light Horse uniforms.
Partnering with other re-enactment groups and organisations, this authentically presented marching band will be a living memorial and commemoration of the service of veterans of the First World War. The band will continue to participate in commemoration events over the Anzac centenary period, and beyond.
QMIHTB is based in Brisbane and comprises of about 20 volunteers. These include musicians of all ages (from teenagers to sixty year olds) and from diverse backgrounds.
The band is already in demand at community celebrations around the state, including the Ipswich Festival, Wondai Reserve Forces Day, Emu Gully, Caboolture Flag Day, Chermside "Shell Green" celebration, Howard Coal Festival, Fort Lytton, and Brisbane City Mall, and of course, Anzac Day.
President of the parent organisation (QSHBA) Paul Smith believes the new authentic uniforms will raise the profile of the band even further in the community and increase opportunities for the band to contribute to Anzac centenary events and other significant occasions.
“Through QMIHTB we aim to remember and maintain our military traditions. We believe it’s important to not only remember the music of the past but, also to look the part as well,” says Paul.
2015 is a big year for QMIHTB with the Anzac centenary coinciding with the band’s 10th anniversary. Paul says they have ambitions to gain sponsorship to enable them to travel.
“We’d love the opportunity to present our shows to more remote communities in western Queensland. Further afield, there’s the upcoming 100th anniversary of the battle of Beersheba in which Queensland Light horsemen played a major role. It would be fantastic to be able to represent our veterans in these kinds of events overseas.”
The new uniforms made their debut at the Wynnum Shangri-La “Century of Heroes” dinner on 17 April 2015.