The 2015 SABA State Band Championships will be held at Trinity College Gawler on the 29-30th August. The format will be similar to last year's competition with the solo and party events happening on the same weekend. Information packs will be out to bands very soon.
Marion City Band Inc. has seen many changes over the last 2 years with the introduction of a new training band, Heaven Brass, regrading of the flagship band, Marion City Band, new logo and uniform and several new players added to the ranks. It is only fitting that Marion City Band Inc. has a new website to reflect all the positive changes. Check out www.marioncityband.org to see all the latest news and find out more about Marion City Band!
POSITION VACANT - MUSICAL DIRECTOR
St John Ambulance Band
The St John Ambulance Brass Band would like to advise that we are seeking expressions of interest for the role of Musical Director.
The band currently numbers 20 active players of varying age groups and abilities based at Modbury South Australia and currently rehearsing on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:30pm. The band has an active and hard working committee who seek to increase the band's size and capabilities to better support and promote the St John Ambulance organisation, community involvement and to create more enjoyment and opportunities for the musicians involved.
Ideally, candidates will possess the following attributes:
-professional background as a musician or music educator
-ability to attract new members
-confidence and positive attitude
-experience conducting an ensemble/basic conducting knowledge
Please direct any enquiries to the secretary, Hayley Cloosterman on 0401 747 789 or email email@example.com
Looking for a band to play with in 2015, then why not come and check out the current C grade champions at Enfield Brass where you will find a fun packed group of musicians. There is room for everyone, but in particular Eb Tuba, Trombone and Tuned & Kit Percussion. For further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0466 963 244. To see us in action, feel free to drop into a rehearsal on Wednesday evenings @ 8pm Klemzig Community Hall 242 North East Road, Klemzig
The Adelaide Fringe 2015 promises to be one of the biggest and best yet with hundreds of shows through February and March. Further details on Adelaide Fringe 2015 events and ticket sales are at www.adelaidefringe.com.au
Here are some of the events hosted by SABA Bands:
Absolute Brass - K&N Brass
Osmond Terrace Function Centre
Sunday 15th Feb - 2.30pm
Sunday 22nd Feb - 2.30pm
Animated Antics - Mitcham City Brass
Hungarian Club of South Australia
Saturday 21st Feb - 7.00pm
Sunday 22nd Feb - 2.30pm
As Time Goes By: Broadway, Swing and Jazz hits from yesteryear - City of Adelaide Band
The German Club
Sunday 22nd Feb - 2.00pm
Hungarian Club of South Australia
Sunday 8th March - 8.00pm
Putting in the Brass - Salisbury City Band
Salisbury Secret Garden - Salisbury Institute
Tuesday 24th Feb - 7.30pm
Here are some other events that may interest SABA members:
A Summer's Day Botanical - Band of the South Australian Police
Adelaide Botanical Garden - Restaurant Lawns
Saturday 28th Feb - 3.30pm
At Home with FPO - Fusion Pops Orchestra
Norwood Concert Hall
Saturday 14th Feb - 2.00pm and 8.00pm
Big Band Blues - Mike Stewart Big Band
Osmond Terrace Function Centre
Sunday 1st March - 7.30pm
Thursday 5th March - 7.30pm
Carne Carnevale: Division 4 - Band of the South Australian Police
Friday 13th Feb - 7.30pm
Saturday 14th Feb - 7.30pm
Invitation to the Dance - Adelaide Wind Orchestra
Saturday 7th March - 8.00pm
Jazzflip! - COMA
The Wheatsheaf Hotel
Monday 16th Feb - 8.00pm
Monday 23rd Feb - 8.00pm
Monday 2nd March - 8.00pm
Music at Twilight - Woodville Concert Band
Sunday 15th March - 5.30pm
Sax to the Max - Sax to the Max Saxophone Quartet
Sunday 22nd Feb - 6.00pm
Sunday 1st March - 6.00pm
Sunday 8th March - 6.00pm
The Half-Pissed Harpist - Harpist, Christine Morphett
Adelaide Irish Club
Sunday 1st March - 3.00pm
Sunday 15th March - 3.00pm
The High Life - Rhapsodie Saxophone Quartet
The Jade Monkey
Sunday 1st March - 3.00pm
Thursday 12th March - 7.00pm
The Trumpet of the Swan - Norwood Orchestra
Norwood Concert Hall
Sunday 1st March - 2.30pm and 5.30pm
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.
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