Seniors Week ends on a high note with musicians

AN activity-packed Seniors Week ended on a high note in Brisbane's Queen Street Mall as a group of wind and brass musicians entertained young and old on the city rotunda.

The big week from August 15 to 23 - with the theme 'It's on for young and old' - was the state's biggest celebration for older people and the wonderful role they played in community life.

• Enjoying the sounds of the Queensland Wind and Brass in the mall on the last day of Seniors Week were Rod Innes, 77, of Wishart, and Eddie Hirche, 82, of The Gap and his wife Lorraine, 78 with musicians John Nagy of Nudgee on saxophone, David Innes of Holland Park on French horn, and Elissa Higgins of Nundah on bass clarinet.

Rod Innes said he was the 'tone deaf' one in the family but he encouraged his children's love of musical instruments and son David chose the French horn.

"As the name suggests, humans originally used to blow on the actual horns of animals before starting to emulate them in metal," David said.

The state government this year provided more than $100,000 towards more than 100 sponsored Seniors Week events in Brisbane and throughout Queensland.

Coralee O'Rourke said the government had committed $56 million in the 2015-16 State Budget to core pensioner concessions.

"Seniors Week activities included concerts and cabarets, sports and fitness events, cinema evenings, nature and garden walks, gallery hopping, coach tours, high teas and long lunches, ageing 'think tanks', Aboriginal culture celebrations, home safety and abuse prevention seminars, aqua zumba classes and much more.

The Queensland Wind and Brass was formed in 1989 and arose from a need for a high standard musical group for post-secondary musicians.

The group consists of both amateur and professional woodwind, brass and percussion players, aged from 17 years upwards.

Awards won by the group include best wind ensemble in the Brisbane City Councils 'battle of the bands', and most outstanding performance trophy in the Queensland Festival of Music.

Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7 pm in the Main Concert Hall of The Old Museum, corner Gregory Terrace and Bowen Bridge Road. Bowen Hills. Seniors are welcome.

Contact Wayne Boxall on 0412 816 992 or email

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