The Annual Salisbury Slow Melody Competition will be held on May 3rd 2015 at The Institute, Wiltshire Street, Salisbury. Further information will be sent to band secretaries soon.
Congratulations to Veronica Boulton of Marion City Band and Warriparinga Brass for being awarded the latest SABA Award Of Merit. SABA President, Dr Bronwyn Dolman, travelled to Camp Kedron at Barmera and presented the award to Veronica at the final performance of the South Australian Youth Brass Camp and Tour.
SABA Award nominations can be submitted to the Executive for consideration. See the SABA Awards page for more details.
A BIT ABOUT VERONICA
Veronica was born and brought up in Victoria where she began studying the piano at the age of five but her first public performance as a musician was at the age of seven, when she appeared in an Eisteddfod as a vocalist. At the age of nine Veronica joined the Traralgon City Brass Band (VIC) as a learner and played with them throughout her youth. She also played and toured with the Victorian State Youth Band.
Over the ensuing years, Veronica played with Preston, Kew and Hawthorn ‘A’ Grade Bands. She also conducted Heidelberg Youth Brass and was MD of Morwell Citizens Band. In 1995 Veronica played with the inaugural Australian Brass Band.
Veronica moved with her family to South Australia in 1996 where she resumed playing, initially on French horn,in the inaugural performance of the then newly formed Unley Concert Band. After a little over a year playing with the Unley Concert Band, Veronica moved back into brass bands and began playing with K&N Spring Gully Brass.
It was whilst playing there that, Veronica initiated the creation of the K&N Youth band. From an initial existing small group of five or six young learners and inexperienced players Veronica recruited, developed, and conducted that Youth band. Veronica’s dedication and enthusiasm, combined with her musical and motivational skills, developed K&N Youth into what became the premier Junior Brass Band in South Australia. With the help of a number of parents and helpers, in the year 2000 Veronica took the band to the National Band Competition held in Geelong where they won the Junior ‘C’ Grade Competition.
Between 2001 and the end of 2010 Veronica taught music at various schools, mainly in Adelaide’s southern suburbs. Without exception she was responsible for enhancing the relevant school’s music programs often introducing a brass instrument element. In two instances (St Peters Woodlands and Woodend Primary) Veronica again initiated and formed school bands. Inevitably, at all the schools where she taught, there were music students who were recruited or ‘steered’ towards either her own or other local community brass or concert bands in addition to their school performances. Over the ensuing years and even to the present time, many of those school students and current band members received music related scholarships (most with references from Veronica) and are now undertaking music studies as a major subject in their senior school years.
Throughout 2004 Veronica taught and conducted the Hahndorf Town Junior Band. It was in June that year that Veronica was appointed MD of the Marion City Band. Not wishing to let down the Hahndorf band she began her role as new MD at Marion and continued to conduct and teach Hahndorf Juniors until the end of that year.
In June 2004 at the time of her appointment as Musical Director of Marion City Band, Marion was a relatively small band competing in ‘D’ Grade. The growth, development and improvement Veronica has made to the band since her appointment has been phenomenal.Veronica’s personal drive, enthusiasm, energy, commitment and dedication to effect that change, has been nothing less than exceptional.
Veronica immediately had the senior band competing in ‘C’ Grade and after winning two National 'C' Grade Championships the band now competes in 'B' Grade. She instigated and taught in a training program for juniors and adult learners. She recruited from schools and the general community. She encouraged, supported, and cajoled players and ‘would be’ players into becoming involved in banding and soon after her appointment she was able to form a Junior Band (Warriparinga Youth). That Junior band competed in and won the Junior ‘C’ Grade competition at the 2010 National Band Championship in Tasmania and in SA in 2011. The Band has since been re-graded in SA to Junior ‘B’ Grade. Warriparinga Brass now competes as an open 'D' grade band allowing young and adult beginners the opportunity to perform on the competition stage. In 2014 Veronica started Heaven Brass as a training program for Marion City Band and gives members the opportunity to learn new instruments and conduct. Under Veronica’s direction, leadership and inspiration, Marion City Band, as an organisation has grown enormously. From that relatively small beginning, the Marion City Band organisation now has in excess of 100 registered players performing in three different competing bands and a training band.
Veronica is currently sits on the SABA Executive and has been active in the facilitation of the State Band Championships. Veronica has been the driving force behind the 2015 SABA State Youth Brass Camp and Tour which has brought players from across the state together to perform throughout the Riverland. The success of this venture is testament to the passion and drive that Veronica has towards the SA Band Movement.
There is no doubt whatsoever that Veronica has an enduring influence on performers and performances, particularly in Junior Banding in South Australia and as a consequence, the band movement generally in South Australia.
The South Australian State Youth Brass Camp and Tour 2015 has sucessfully blasted its way through the riverland. Under the skillful leadership of Jim Dempsey, 34 members of bands from South Australia came together to form a brass band at Camp Kedron, Barmera. After three days of intensive rehearsal (swimming, board games, cards, a quiz night and plenty of food) the SA State Youth Brass performed 9 concerts over three days.
The band travelled to Loxton, Berri, Barmera, Renmark and Wilkadene with the blue tuba in tow and performed a variety of music spanning over 400 years from The Renaissance to a composition recently written for the ensemble by local composer, Dr Mark C. Smith called 'Land of the Blue Tuba'. Some keen players were even given the opportunity to perform as featured soloists and conduct the ensemble.
A final concert back at the campsite for friends and family included a special presentation of a SABA Award of Merit to organisor/ promoter and bus driver, Veronica Boulton. Mark C. Smith attended this concert to hear his new comosition that had been performed all throughout the Riverland.
A huge thank you goes to Veronica Boulton, Jen Shinnick, Alexandra Bowman, Jim Dempsey, Mary Westley, George Burton, Roy Pettifer, BJ O'Donovan and Dr Mark C. Smith for all your efforts in making this initiative such a success. Thank you to Riverland Brass for your hospitality and use of equipment. Also thanks go to the participants who performed and behaved so well, representing Holdfast Bay Concert Band, Hahndorf Town Band, Marion City Band, Playford Concert Band, Warriparinga Brass, Riverland Brass, Mitcham City Brass, Tanunda Town Band and The South Australian Band Assiociation.
To see more photos from the Camp and Tour, check out the SABA facebook page.
Preparations are well under way as the South Australian State Youth Brass Camp and Tour hits the road this week. Participants are fueling their excitement as they grab their sleeping bags, hats, bathers and board games.... oh, and I suppose an instrument and music stand may come in handy!
7.30pm - Barmera Hotel
A new composition called 'Land of the Blue Tuba' has been written by local composer, Mark C Smith, to be featured in the program for the upcoming SA State Youth Brass Camp and Tour through the Riverland of South Australia. Here are a few words from the composer about this new work:
"This work is a playful exploration of the traditional tune “Bound for South Australia”- an English song that has it’s origins on the docks of the Thames in London. The work also incorporates the “Song of Australia” written by German born South Australian composer Carl Linger. “Song of Australia” was one of four works considered as Australian National Anthem in the 1977 Anthem referendum. The “Blue Tuba” is a direct reference to the innovative fundraising campaign to finance the 2015 Youth Brass Band camp."
A bit about the composer:
Dr Mark C Smith has a long-standing connection with the South Australian Band Association. He has been a member of various SA bands for the last 28 years as a performing member and Conductor, and is currently a member of SABA’s Music Advisory Board. Mark is prolific in his output of band music, with works played in concerts and contests by orchestras and bands Australia wide. He is a professional writer and was responsible for producing works for the Adelaide Carols by Candlelight for Fourteen years. As a performer, Mark has had tremendous success in solo competitions. He has won Six National solo prizes on Trumpet and Flugelhorn, and is the current SA champion on the latter (for the ninth consecutive year). Mark works as Director of Music at the Star of the Sea School – one of SA’s largest Primary School music programs. He was awarded a PhD in Music Composition for his 2012 Thesis “Casting Brass” which explored the influence of the banding movement upon orchestral music.
As part of the Adelaide Fringe 2015, the City of Adelaide Band is presenting two concerts that will showcase big band and swing tunes with a range of hits from the golden age of Broadway and the movies.
AS TIME GOES BY: Broadway, swing and jazz hits from yesteryear
Sunday 22nd February, 2pm
The German Club
223 Flinders St, Adelaide
Sunday 8th March, 2pm
The Hungarian Club
82 Osmond Tce, Norwood
Tickets $17 from FringeTix or at the door.
The Salisbury City Band presents as Part of the Adelaide FRINGE Festival "Putting in the Brass' Tuesday 24th Feb 2015 7.30pm - 8.30pm at the Salisbury Institute 17-19 Wiltshire St Salisbury
Tickets $18.00 booking through BASS
Come and join the Salisbury City Band in cabaret style evening. The big brass band sound of a 40 person band playing hits from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's. BYO supper plate. The venue is licensed so sorry no BYO drinks.
On Sunday 7th December 2014, Grainger Studio was filled with more than 200 appreciative audience members for the Brass Knockers concert in support of the McGrath Foundation, raising money to help victims and families of those affected. An entertaining program of fun songs from Jaws to Gounod, The Typewriter to The Tit Larks wowed the audience with special guest vocal performers and solos by band members. Below is a video of highlights from the concert.
The 2014 Blue Lake Band Festival in Mount Gambier had great weather, festive crowds and healthy audience in the Helpmann Theatre throughout the day. The Mount Gambier Lions Club has once again delivered a well run full day of competition and entertainment from South Australian and Victorian Brass Bands. With cash prizes for all awards and participation in the WIN Television Chrismas Parade, all the bands have had a great weekend.
Street March Competition Results:
(Music was handicapped by the adjudicator and not included in the final street parade result)
B Grade (drill, music)
Geelong West: 208, 41 2nd
Marion City Band: 205, 43
Greater Dandenong: 211, 42 1st
Mount Gambier: 201, 43
Creswisk Brass: 203, 47
Ballarat City: 207,46
On Stage Competition
Adjudicator: Mark Ford
This was graded with a Hymn, Own Choice Test, March and Entertainment Item
Geelong West: 46, 95, 47, 44 = 232 1st
Marion City Band: 44, 92, 44, 42 = 222 2nd
Greater Dandenong: 43, 91, 45, 41 = 220
Mount Gambier: 39, 85, 38, 38 = 200 1st
Warriparinga Brass: 36, 85, 38, 37 = 196 2nd
Creswick Brass: 35, 80, 38, 38 = 191
Portland Citizens Band: 33, 78, 36, 36 = 183
Ballarat City: 37, 84, 39, 39, 199 = 199 1st
Champion Band in the Street March: Greater Dandenong
Best Drum Major: Michael Mathers
Best Band in Christmas Parade: Geelong West
Frank Thompson B Grade March: Geelong West
Frank Thompson C Grade March: Mt Gambier
Frank Thompson D Grade March: Ballarat
Murray Johnson Memorial Hymn Tune Award: Creswick Brass
Lions Band of the Year: Greater Dandenong
Lions Musical Director of the Year: Katrina Bird
Position Vacant - Music Director
Payneham City Concert Band is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic musician to join the ranks of the Band in the role of Music Director to lead and develop its 40+ members of varying ages and experience.
The Band has a proud history of music making beginning life more than 60 years ago as the Murray Park Band (a brass band), later becoming the St. Peters Municipal Band and in 1966 a concert band – the only one in South Australia at that time. The band moved to Payneham in 1988 under the sponsorship of Payneham City Council and it continues to receive the support of the now combined City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Council.
The Band rehearses on Tuesday nights, from 7:30 till 9:30pm, at the Payneham Senior Citizens Hall, 54 Coorara Ave, Payneham. We currently perform 10-12 times a year (including 4 community concerts, ANZAC March and Norwood Pageant, our annual Reflections Concert, Strathabyn Band Festival and the Long Tan Memorial as well as other once off performances). We are keen to expand our performing calendar.
The primary role of the Music Director is to attend and direct musical rehearsals, select music, conduct performances and concerts, assess the musical ability of playing Members and arrange positions within the Band as they deem appropriate for the capabilities of the Member and the needs of the Band, with the agreement of the Member in question.
The successful applicant will have proven leadership and networking skills in addition to a sense of humour underpinned by appropriate qualifications and experience.
Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Payneham City Concert Band, on 0411877285 to discuss the position and obtain an information package. Alternatively send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or letter to P.O Box 14, Marden SA 5070.
Expressions of Interest close Friday 5th of December 2014.
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