Expresses love for Malta by playing his rare musical instrument with Maltese bands
During the height of the festive season Chris Grima, an Australian of Maltese descent, avoids the Aussie winter cold and holidays in Malta. With him he brings his sousaphone, a fairly large instrument not normally used by Maltese brass bands.
Chris could be seen accompanying the band at St Julian’s during their festive march. With his unusual instrument wrapped around him and between one march and another he explained that he willingly joins a band when invited. The condition he imposes is that he plays free of charge because in his own words, he plays from the heart. This instrument, he said, is mostly used by US bands and can be disassembled in parts to make it easy to carry around.
Chris said that as a boy he came to Malta with his father for a number of years and studied music with the Imperial Band. On returning to Australia he joined the Our Lady Queen of Peace Maltese Band and nowadays he still plays with the band together with other Maltese who live in Sydney.
Chris’s final musical performance for this summer will be with the Mellieħa band for their 8th September celebrations, joining the band where he learnt his music and developed his love for music and boisterous brass band marches.