FYCB busy online in 2020

The band has continued to shine online, adapting quickly to online meetings since March, 2020.

In Term 2 we met for warm-ups and recorded weekly challenges, keeping each other motivated during the difficult period.

Throughout Term 3, having gone into lockdown No. 2, the band partook in the Halfa With a Master series. This was a series of 30 minute interviews with 10 professional musicians from around the world who donated their time to chat to host Louisa and the band about all things music: routine, career stories, tools for performance anxiety, repertoire ideas and more. We are so grateful to all the Masters who took the time to chat with us!

Our first Master interview all the way from Wales was with Dr. Robert Childs

In Term 4 we are continuing warm ups and being mentored by three professional musicians in their area of expertise: high brass, low brass, and percussion. Each month band members submit a recording of a piece to receive feedback on. Repertoire themes include: October- articulation and/ or dynamics, November- lyricism, December- own choice.

Now that restrictions are easing, we hope to be playing together soon!

FYCB & WB at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

What a delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

The combined band played a 45 minute set of entertainment items for a crowd of brass band fans and visitors (aka newly converted brass band fans.) We were spoiled with a chocolate tasting that showcased the huge range available. Thanks to Marc Nethercot from Northern Brass for the invitation to perform and to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery for having us.

What a view!
Solo Cornets: Stuart McCorkelle (principal), Brenton Burley, Daniel Caton performing Candyman
Band members, friends and family learning about the delicious range
After the gig at a wine tasting, Yering Station. BR: Steve (flugel), Ant (tuba), Laszlo (tuba), Stuart (cornet), Emily (horn), Kathryn (baritone) FR: Marc Nethercot (MD Northern Brass), Pat (cornet), Louisa (MD FYCB), Ramona (horn), Katie (percussion)






Scraggers Support the ‘scrAyFLW

The band performed for spectators of the Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne Demons as they filed in through the gates.

Though the drizzle was threatening, Daughters of the ‘Scray and a selection of pop tunes, including Valentines Day themed, were enjoyed by the footy fans. A wonderful team effort!


Footscray RSL Centenary Anniversary

An ensemble of FYCB and WB members lead a march

from Footscray Memorial Gardens down Geelong Road to the Footscray RSL on Saturday morning, 18th of January. A ceremony was then held, with the band performing national anthems, and Brenton Burley playing the Last Post.


















Moving Week

The new band hall is almost ready for our first rehearsal



Since late 2019 it has been all hands on deck to get the band hall packed up and ready to move.












FYCB, WB, and HSYB will all move together















Bye old band hall. We’ll miss your shabby charm.

A huge thanks to everyone who helped with the move!

FYCB relocated in 2020

The band has been relocated to Victoria University: Footscray Nicholson Campus, just 500 metres away from our 10a Hyde Street location. The VU campus is just west of the train line, still a short walk from Footscray Station.

The Hyde Street location is perfect for the development of an early learning centre to be built adjacent to the school. More information about this project here.

The 26th Carols in the Gardens

A Cheerful Carols at Yarraville Gardens













We had a wonderful time hosting the 2019 Yarraville Carols in the Gardens. The evening was compèred by the multi-talented Chelsea Plumley; music lead by Louisa Trewartha with the combined forces of Footscray-Yarraville City Band, Western Brass, and the Hyde Street Youth Band; a joyful massed choir made up of local choirs; and special guests Nina Ferro, Andrew Broadbent, Naomi Cochrane, Belinda Sofra, John Connors, Byron Crump, and special mention to Felicity Baldock who did

an amazing job filling in last minute for Margaret Haggart.

With an enthusiastic and ever-increasing crowd before us, and due to much thoughtful planning by the FYCB committee (particularly Kathryn Cooper) the event was relaxed, enjoyable, and thus a huge success.

Thanks to everyone who attended. See you next year!

FYCB and WB at the Zoo

A wonderful opportunity for Footscray-Yarraville City Band and Western Brass to join forces.

Hundreds of people flocked to the zoo on the first day of summer, 2019. We performed a selection of creature related songs, such as The Bare Necessities featuring Laszlo Szetey, and Jurassic Park; hits like Eternal Flame featuring Hannah Trewartha, Uptown Funk, and Lemon Tree; and some festive tunes including our favourite Jingle Bells, Batman Smells arranged and performed by the talented Byron Crump. Although storm clouds threatened throughout, we and our wonderful audience had a great time.

Thank you to Maurice​ Mammoliti for hosting us. We hope to see you again in 2020!













































FYCB Europe – Day 1 – Versailles, France

My roommate is still sleeping so I’m sitting on the window sill watching the sunrise, writing a one fingered update on my phone.

The flight was ok, first one 8 hours – no sleep, 3 movies. Then a 15 hour flight. Maybe 4 hours of dozing. Binge watch of 6 episodes of ‪picnic at hanging rock‬. At Paris airport for 3 hours going through customs, sorting out lost bags and finding people who were meeting us there. (Only lost one bag (not mine) should turn up today).

But then! We took the coach to Versaille. So beautiful! Wandered around the grounds for 3 hours with such beautiful weather. We walked through manicured gardens, paths, through the forest and endlessly found new twists and turns. Took lots of silly photos on a few different cameras.

Lovely day, great lunch. Back to Paris, went for a wander, had omelette and wine.

Bed at 7, just had 11 hours sleep.

Great day.

– Emily Furlong (solo trombone)

The Fabulous Friends of FYCB

Where would we be without our helpers and supporters? Well, we would not be able to do half of what we have achieved during this Armistice Centenary year. Footscray-Yarraville City Band would like to thank all our helpers and supporters who do fundraising, promotion and community engagement, selling tickets and memorabilia, Front of House, Back Stage and technical support as well as providing sound advice to enable the band to achieve it’s goals. We’re incredibly grateful to have such a talented and willing crew supporting the band in it’s endeavours. Each and every helper is as much a part of the band as the those who sit in rehearsals and make the music.

Of special mention is Lorraine Wright and John Hoppe who have both thrown themselves into The Silent Anzac Project with an astonishing amount of dedication and perseverance. Lorraine and John have been working hard all year to promote our shows, develop contacts with potential project partners, fundraising, coordination of commemorations, poppies and wreaths, copious amounts of letter writing, research and just plain hard slog. Thank you, John and Lorraine.