I am delighted a community band in the Heathcote electorate will hone its skills and reach new audiences in 2018 thanks to a share of $27,200 in funding.

The Sutherland PCYC Concert Band will spend $1,000 to partner with a local band for a regional tour and workshop at Jenolan Caves, as well as contribute to the purchase of a new trailer to transport instruments and equipment.

The band is amongst 23 community brass and concert bands across the state sharing 2018 Community Band Development Grants Program funding from the NSW Government.

The band is a very much-loved part of the Heathcote electorate and to know that they can improve and extend their offering through this funding is fantastic and I look forward to hearing from the band throughout the year.

Volunteer bands play a great role in building the local community spirit and are a familiar placement in many areas. These bands bring together committed and passionate musicians to create the reliable fixtures that we see in our community.

Investment into skills development, workshops, concerts, recordings and guest appearances helps us to keep this enthusiasm alive, rewarding volunteer dedication to create impassioned music with more excitement than ever.

Formed in 1895, the Band Association of NSW is one of the oldest and longest serving volunteer organisations in the country and has been proudly supported by the NSW Government for more than 25 years.

Visit www.create.nsw.gov.au for more information.