Our Bavarian friends leave behind memories of laughter and dance

The 10th biennial Bavarian Brass Band visit has wrapped up, leaving Tenterfield ears ringing with oompah music and laughter from foreign friendships.

This visit of 31 band members and a seven-strong crew was on par with past ones numbers-wise, but the cultural exchange extended a little farther with the band also performing in Mingoola and Ballandean.

Rotary Club president Skye Stapleton said the jam session at Mingoola Public School (including students from Bonshaw) gave the visitors an insight to small schools they may not have otherwise have had, and they got to have a go on the marimbas.

After arriving on a Monday the visitors have several days of touring before the official civic welcome on Thursday. They'd passed through Ballandean last time and thought it an opportunity for a lunchtime concert this time around, which was well-received by the 50 audience members.

Ms Stapleton said the band comprised a mix of those who have been coming for many years, along with those on their return visit and some first-timers.

All were billeted out to local families, with around 20 households participating. In some cases families were reunited with guests they'd hosted previously.

The programme got busy on Thursday with a popular evening concert at the Tenterfield School of Arts following the civic reception in Bruxner Park. 

The highlight of the visit for many was Saturday night's Beerfest, with just under 500 tickets sold. Ms Stapleton said this was a comfortable number, allowing people to move around the tables and spread out on the dance floor.

Many came in costume, with quite a number of outfits bought from an enterprising marketholder earlier in the day at the Music and Markets, again in Bruxner Park.

Ms Stapleton said it was a lively night, but with no dramas.

"It was a really well-behaved crowd who really enjoyed themselves, and that's what we want."

The visitors departed Tuesday for four days in Sydney and a week in Hobart before flying home, keen to return in two years time.

Ms Stapleton said the huge undertaking takes 18 months to plan, and if it wasn't for the volunteers and host families and Rotary members it wouldn't be possible.

The main beneficiary from this year's Beerfest is local bushfire victims, although proceeds are yet to be tallied.