Smithton’s big bash

Circular Head Council’s Deb Mainwaring, Royal Australian Navy Band of Tasmania’s Mark Ham and Tall Timbers Tasmania’s Matthew Gillow prepare for the 25th annual Variety Oasis TasBash coming to town on Sunday October 18. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Event. The Variety Oasis TasBash is celebrating 25 years of service to Tasmania with an afternoon of family fun in Smithton later this month.

The TasBash parade will arrive at Tall Timbers Tasmania around 2pm on Sunday October 18 with more than 25 creative and crazy cars filling the streets.

The family-friendly event will be an opportunity to marvel at the array of spectacularly colourful cars, a jumping castle will be set up, as well as food and coffee vans.

Variety Tasmania raises funds for children with all funds staying in the state to provide support and equipment such as wheelchairs, learning and walking aids, communication devices and more.

As part of the event, the Royal Australian Navy Band of Tasmania will travel to Circular Head to entertain the crowd.

Performing a mini-tour in the lead-up to the Sunday event, the band will visit Smithton High School to perform for local schools on Friday October 16 and entertain residents at Emmerton Park on Saturday October 17.

Lead by bandmaster, Chief Petty Officer Mark Ham, the band will play three performances at SHS at 10am, 11am and 1pm.
“I’m especially looking forward to playing for the schools,” Chief Petty Officer Ham said.

“It’s great to show them the different aspects of the Navy and what’s available. Also, music really breaks down barriers for children.”

A concert at Emmerton Park will be held the following day from 1pm.

The band consists of 11 members from “all walks of life” who rehearse weekly.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” Chief Petty Officer Ham said.

Based at the Anglesea Barracks in Hobart – the oldest continually serving barracks in Australia – the band’s repertoire includes rock, jazz, classical music and ceremonial drums.

Circular Head Council recreation and community officer Deb Mainwaring encouraged community members to take advantage of the visit.

“Variety Tasmania do such a fantastic job, it’s terrific we can have them here in Smithton!”

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