Stardust and The Mission take to the stage with Ararat’s City Band

Ararat’s City Band will help bring a critically acclaimed touring show to the Ararat Town Hall next Friday, after rehearsing the music for several months.

A group of around six brass instrument band members have been rehearsing for several months, preparing for the double-bill show which includes Stardust, created and performed by Joel Carnegie, and The Mission, created and performed by Tom Molyneux.

Ararat City Band Secretary Amy Stevens said players had been rehearsing individually before merging their music a few weeks ago.

“The group is really excited to be part of the show and is looking forward to performing next week with Tom and Joel,” she said.

Stardust tells the story of Col Brain, a professional trumpet/cornet player and bandmaster. Before Col died, he stored all of his life’s possessions in a wooden dresser and locked it up, never to be opened again. So what was inside?

Told through the eyes of his grandson, Joel Carnegie, herein lies the discovery of a time capsule of Australian musical life, in a heart-warming quest to uncover what Col wanted us to know about his life by the things he left behind.

The Mission tells the story of Allan McDonald, a “fighting Gunditjmara” man from southwest Victoria, who was one of the state’s first Indigenous soldiers to enlist for war.

Allan fought at some of WWI’s most famous campaigns, including Gallipoli and Beersheba, only to be denied a soldier’s settlement on his return to Australia, and forced from his land at the Lake Condah Mission. So what drives someone to fight for a country that doesn’t even recognise them as a citizen? How do you keep fighting in an unjust world and why?

Stardust and The Mission will play at the Ararat Town Hall next Friday, July 26, from 7.30pm. Tickets are $29 ($19 concession) and are available at