Marching bands galore will brighten the carnival area on festival Saturday. The traditional morning parades will feature brass bands, pipe bands and the thunderous sound of the marching drum bands.
One hundred and forty pipers and drummer from Armidale, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scots College, Toowoomba, Warwick Thistle, City of Brisbane and Stanthorpe will perform their best march tunes and perform in a massed band. Then one hundred and thirty brass band musicians from Stanthorpe, Toowoomba, Warwick City, Western Winds and the Light Horse Band will lift the carnival spirit.
To add even more to the festival programs the Shiwa Kinzan Drum band from Japan will be performing as part of the morning parades then again in the grand parade. The powerful drumming performance by this band was first experienced in 2006 and to help the festival celebrate its 50th anniversary the town of Shiwa, Japan has sent its band to excite the audiences.
Joining the festival for the first time is the Brisbane St Joseph’s College Red Thunder Drumline which will be performing in the Grand Parade - what a performance the festival audience will be in for.
The Royal Navy Band Queensland under the direct of Bandmaster Chief Petty Officer Andrew Stapleton has something special in store for the 2016 festival. Leading the Grand Parade will be 20 musicians, resplendent in uniform will be something to see. The next part of their program features a moving ceremony Beat to Quarter and Ceremonial Sunset. This will be held on the concourse of the Stanthorpe Civic Centre at 5pm. The ceremony is amongst the oldest of Naval Ceremonies dating back centuries and it reflects the tradition of calling the ship’s company to Quarters and Action Stations when battle is imminent. Ceremonial Sunset reflects the traditional saluting and lowering of the Ensign at sunset. The beautiful Evening Hymn will be performed and with a volley from the field gun the orderlies will fold the Ensign to the tune Song of Australia before dismounting with Waltzing Matilda. A ceremony not to be missed.
Then the Navy Band makes a return to the Multicultural Carnival and Wine Fiesta at 9.30 Sunday with their Stage Band performing the most wonderfully entertaining music. Thank you Navy Band.
Then for a farewell from the festival, the Shiwa Kinzan Drummers will be at the multicultural carnival stage in front of the Mayor of Shiwa and official party with a fun performance they say goodbye to Stanthorpe and head home to Japan. Thank you Shiwa-Iwate Prefecture.