G’DAY ROCKY: Piper Joe McGhee has been invited back to Rockhampton to perform.
G’DAY ROCKY: Piper Joe McGhee has been invited back to Rockhampton to perform. Claudia Baxter

Community band all set to rock out in Rocky once more

THE Ipswich RSL Youth and Community Band will hold a special fundraising concert at Ipswich Girls' Grammar before embarking on their second tour to Queensland's beef capital.

The talented group of about 32 members was last in Rockhampton after the disastrous 2010-2011 floods, where they played five benefit concerts - including one for the Rocky Mayor Brad Carter - as part of a goodwill tour.

The band's guest piper, Joe McGhee, said the reception during the tour was so good they had to go back.

"We were the first to play at the then-new Yeppoon Town Hall for the mayor and they were blown away by how good the band was," Mr McGhee said.

"We called it a Goodwill Tour because both Ipswich and Rockhampton were flooded. It was great for our band to be a part of something like that."

During the next tour, which departs at the end of September, the brass concert band will perform for the Yeppoon RSL Legacy Widows and other RSL members, and the Rockhampton Senior Citizens again.

"We have also been asked to perform at the 15th National Caravan Rally, for their last night of the tour in Rocky, which will be a huge gig," Mr McGhee said.

"They are expecting over 1,000 people to be there, which will be a great experience for the band."

The Ipswich RSL Youth and Community Band plays a wide range of music, from the more traditional concert, stage and Celtic music to popular songs by the likes of the Beatles, Neil Diamond and Queen.

The Farewell Ipswich, G'day Rocky concert will be held at Ipswich Girls Grammar School on Sunday from 2.30-4.30pm.

Phone 0403 889 853 for more information.



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