The Oriental Band…is usually the first unit formed by an emerging Temple, Philae being no exception.
After WW11 when men were returning from the horrors they witnessed abroad, they chose to add some humour and music to our parades. We parade to pay back the public for their support.
Our Oriental Band has suffered drastically as a result of the “Black Camel” having decimated ourranks. Our P.P. Fred Jewer, a 55 yr Shriner and lead drummer passed the bar a couple years ago. Our Musical Director, Noble Ernie Brown, 35+ years to mention a few, recently passed.
We have acquired some new members and are attempting to pass on what musical skills we have to ensure the unit continues to exist.
We continue to meet at the Philae Shrine Ctr. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7p.m.
Come out and enjoy our fellowship. We like to say, “if you can play the radio and count to seven- we can make you an Oriental Bandsman”. Dues are minimal and we may be able to fit you out with a uniform. Nobles with trailers and towing ability are strongly needed as our present members are getting too old to march the long parade routes. We, along with many units need new Noble’s support. It is fine to join the Shrine and a Shrine Club but, we need your support in what ever unit ON THE STREET, to thank our public for their support.