THE music won’t stop for St Marys Brass Band despite the end of a long partnership with St Marys Band Club.
It was decided at a meeting last week that both parties would go their separate ways, citing ‘‘irreconcilable differences’’.
The 40-member band is now looking for a new rehearsal venue quashing community speculation that it will fold.
‘‘Quite the opposite,’’ member Ken Bradley said.
‘‘Yes, our relationship with the Band Club has come to an end, but the band is very strong at the moment and will remain so.’’
The band competed at the Federation of Australasian Brass Bands BrassFest in Brisbane last weekend after taking out the NSW A grade title for the second successive year just six weeks ago.
‘‘It’s an invitation-only event involving the best bands in Australia and New Zealand,’’ Mr Bradley said.
‘‘We have competed every year since it began in 2008.
‘‘We performed at the QPAC, which is the place to perform in Brisbane.’’
Mr Bradley has been with the band since 1976 and was previously musical director and president.
He is also a life member and former director of the club.
The band dates back to the formation of the St Marys’ District Band in 1882.
Its modern version has been in continual existence since the late 1940s. In 1952, members suggested applying for a liquor licence as a way to raise funds to keep the band going.
With help from businesses, the St Marys District Band Club was granted a licence in 1956, on the same day Penrith Panthers were also granted a licence.
‘‘It’s sad for everyone involved that the relationship with the club is over,’’ Mr Bradley said.
‘‘But it reached a point where the situation became untenable and couldn’t be reconciled.
‘‘There was no choice but to separate.’’