Over a lifetime some people involve themselves with several different activities, depending on what life presents to them at the time. For someone to spend a lifetime on one activity is rare, when today’s world offers so many competing activities.
This in not the case with Ian Lehmann who turns 80 this weekend. Mr Lehmann has been involved with brass bands since he was eight years old and in the Dimboola Band.
Dimboola also had a school band that his father Stan Lehmann started in 1946. Stan Lehmann was also the bandmaster of Warracknabeal, who Ian played with as well. His father Stan Lehmann also started bands in both Jeparit and Rainbow.
Stan Lehmann stepped down from those three bands and reformed the Dimboola Band in 1954. There were 14 members of the Lehmann family in the Dimboola Band when it reformed in 1954.
Owing to Dimboola being a member of the Wimmera Band Group, that formed nearly 50 years ago, Ian Lehmann had played contests with Warracknabeal and Ararat and has played with the Beaufort Band performing in the outback series of concerts with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Not only has Mr Lehmann enjoyed playing music that has included playing in jazz bands and dance bands, he also is renowned around the Wimmera as an adjudicator for marching contests. For several years he adjudicated the Wimmera Band Group ‘Band Sunday’s, saving the group the expense of hiring an adjudicator from the the Victorian Bands League. Mr Lehmann can also be heard playing the last post on ANZAC day, something he has done for more than 30 years.
Mr Lehmann said, “I recommend playing music to everyone. I have found it relaxing, as while you are playing music your forget all your problems.”
“I have been blessed with being able to play music for so many years,” he said.