Tenterfield officially welcomes Bavarian Brass Band | PHOTOS, VIDEO

Rotary's visiting Bavarian Brass Band was officially welcomed to town on Thursday morning, putting on a free mini-concert for those gathered in Bruxner Park on a very warm day.

The musicians, however, have been keeping well-hydrated (and keeping local hoteliers happy) by all accounts.


It's the band's 10th biennial visit, and the sixth for Reinhard 'Popeye' Lohr who said on each occasion he feels more that it's like coming home.

Interpretation of proceedings into German by council's Erika Bursford for the sake of our visitors added an extra layer of cultural appreciation this visit, which ostensibly is a cultural exchange between Tenterfield and sister-city Ottobeuren.

Helen Duroux provided a Welcome to Country, followed by the official civic welcome by mayor Peter Petty. Mr Petty presented Mr Lohr with the framed print of an aerial photograph of Tenterfield taken by Peter Reid, along with boomerangs for each of the band members, in the hope that they will return.

Mr Lohr presented Mr Petty with a framed print of the band. Mr Petty said it will be added to the display of photographs of past band visits in the council chambers, which generate a lot of interest and discussion when the visitors toured the chambers earlier. Each Tenterfield councillor also received a tshirt and information booklet on the region that the band members call home.

MP Barnaby Joyce saluted the German influence on many regions of Australia including Tenterfield, but closed with his customary skin cancer warning as the Australian sun beat down on the fair-skinned Bavarians.

A highlight of the band's visit for many will be the Beerfest on Saturday night at Tenterfield Memorial Hall, where a lot of cultural exchange will be practised.

In the meantime seats for Thursday night's concert at Tenterfield School of Arts are filling fast but bookings can be made online until 5pm, or tickets may be available at the door if they haven't sold out.

Similarly those who don't yet have their tickets to the Beerfest can book online until 5pm on Friday, or purchase them at the door on the night.

See the band for free this Saturday morning from 10am back in Bruxner Park for Markets and Music.

Here are some highlights from the civic welcome….