The Cairns Bands organisation is in fact a re-badge of the Cairns Municipal Band which had its 70th birthday in 2016. The band goes way back and records show brass banding was alive in Cairns before 1880.
Cairns Bands consists of three different band types:
Tropical Brass is our brass group playing a wide variety of entertainment numbers. Vocals, guitar and keyboard are standard features of our jobs but acoustic only performances are common.
Cairns Concert Band was formed over 20 years ago to give wind players the opportunity to join the organisation. Now it is the biggest of Cairns Bands and also features a wide repertoire of music styles.
Cairns Bands Big Band provides a venue for younger players as well as the styles of the American Big Band era and modern jazz funk numbers are in the play mix.