Drumming up some business

ON PARADE: The Redland Ladies Drum Corps is celebrating 30 years this year and is seeking new membership for its anniversary.

ON PARADE: The Redland Ladies Drum Corps is celebrating 30 years this year and is seeking new membership for its anniversary.

The Redland Ladies Drum Corps is using its 30th anniversary to drum up a bit of interest in the group.

Currently the band has about 15 members, an ideal size for its various marches, but too few when there isn't a full contingent.

President Peggy Leslie said the band currently participated in about 30 events a year giving members a great deal of pleasure and a chance to form strong bonds and lifetime friendships.

Certainly members show longetivity with some including Samantha Smith of Thornlands having been involved since its inception.  Another former member is Doreen Matthews of Cleveland who left earlier this year, aged 93 having joined the group at age 85.

Ms Leslie said she joined after reading about the corps in this newspaper 18 years ago and has since learned how to play tenor drum and perform many routines.  She is also a teacher of the snare and tenor drums.

Ms Leslie said the band was also something mothers and daughters could enjoy together and learn discipline, drill and teamwork.

"It's great fitness and we celebrate all the zero birthdays together.  We often get together for lunch and dinner and then there's coffee after practice," she said.

The band practises from 7pm to 8pm every Wednesday at Toondah Harbour car park.  Rehearsals are currently underway for Redfest lantern parade and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in September and the Halloween event held at Manly,

"We represent the Redlands big time and are often the face of the area at these events," Ms Leslie said.

Interested people can phone Ms Leslie on 0437 860 134 or visit the Toondah Harbour carpark during practice times.

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