LET’S GET LOUD: St Joseph’s Primary South Grafton celebrates the 50th anniversary of its drum band at the Jacaranda Parade of Youth on Saturday morning. Band Leader Breanna Tory, 11, prepares for the parade. Photo: JoJo Newby
LET’S GET LOUD: St Joseph’s Primary South Grafton celebrates the 50th anniversary of its drum band at the Jacaranda Parade of Youth on Saturday morning. Band Leader Breanna Tory, 11, prepares for the parade. Photo: JoJo Newby

Still marching to beat of magnificent drums

IT ALL began in 1963.

South Grafton Parish priest Father Fred Fry purchased a set of drums with an intention to start a marching band.

Don Taubman was in the know about how to march with one, and so he taught Fr Fry and the students the tricks of the trade.

Soon enough, the St Joseph's Primary School drum band was born.

Fifty years later, it's still rocking around the streets of the Clarence Valley.

The band is synonymous with Anzac Day and the Jacaranda Festival as well as many other community events, including nursing home visits, Remembrance Day and sports carnivals.

There have been many instructors over the years with Don Taubman, Bob Hayes, Tess Bloomer and Phil McLennan.

The current principal was a member of the drum band when he attended St Joseph's in the 1970s.

The school put on an assembly last week and joined the float procession for the Jacaranda Festival. More Jaca coverage - P12.



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