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Brass bands were a popular form of music within the community during the nineteenth century and reached the height of popularity in the period between the First and Second world wars.

Community bands were an important feature of community life and performed regularly at local parks and civic occasions. While annual State and National competitions allowed bands to display their skills to a broader audience.

The Concord Citizens’ Band was founded about 1921 and gave regular performances in Cabarita Park. In 1928 when the photograph (above) was taken, Concord were the winners in the ‘C’ Grade Championship of Australia. In 1933 there were some 26 members in the band with instruments and fine uniforms.

There was another brass band at Five Dock.