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By MICK ROBERTS ©
AS A young man, during the 1930s, Doug Davies would don his uniform, polish his shoes, and tuck his cornet under his arm for the hike from his home on Black Cutting Hill, to practice his musical instrument under the Coral Trees in Railway Street, Corrimal.
Like his father David, teenager Doug became a member of the Corrimal Town Band which entertained the working class and fiercely contested competitions throughout the state during the early 1900s.
This is the story of town banding when at some time just about every coal mining village in the northern Illawarra boasted their own brass band.
Town banding has its roots in the working class and is unique in its principally amateur…
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