ARARAT - New Ararat City Band musical director Wally Pope has slotted into his new role with ease and is busily preparing for his first major town concert next week.
Mr Pope recently took over the role from Katrina Bird, who led the city band for 18 months.
Mr Pope said it was a thrill to work with the musically talented and passionate people of the Ararat region.
"It has all been going fantastically, they are all really nice people to work with," he said.
Mr Pope only recently located to Ararat with his wife and four children after serving time in the Australian Defence Force where he was based at the Simpson Barracks in Watsonia.
During his time in the army Mr Pope spent 17 and a half years as a senior instructor with the Australian Army Band, while he has also held the title of musical director with a number of bands across the state.
Mr Pope said other career highlights include leading the Victorian State Youth Brass Band and winning a number of State and National titles with his principal instrument the tuba.
Monday night at the Ararat Performing Arts Centre will see Mr Pope conduct the Ararat City Band for the first time at a concert.
The Marian College school band and Ararat College rock band will also perform on the night, along with a variety of soloists.
The cost of the concert is $10 for adults and children/students are free, with performances to commence at 7pm.
Mr Pope said he is looking forward to the night, which will be a good opportunity to showcase the musical talent of Ararat's youth.
"It is really good the way the community works together musically with the Ararat and Marian College bands along with the Ararat City band all working together," he said.
"It is something you don't always see especially in the city where the bands tend to just work individually, so it's a nice thing to have out here in the country."