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.
Next Saturday 15th November 2014 heralds the start of another Lions Club Blue Lake Brass Band Festival. Bands from South Australia and Victoria battle it out in the on stage competition for cash prizes, including $2000 for Band of the Year. BUT, not before participating in the Mount Gambier Christmas Parade, Massed March and Street Parade competition. If you are in the area, check out the band events or consider it as a fun and profitable event for your band next year.
Then, on the 29th November, the fourth annual Stand Like Stone Foundation Limestone Coast Tattoo is hitting the streets. Tickets on sale at Chapman's Newsagency - see poster below for details.
The SABA State Youth Camp and Tour has a total of 32 participants, representing Marion, Mitcham, Tanunda, Riverland, Salisbury, Warriparinga & Hahndorf bands. Information regarding what participants need to do now has been emailed to applicants.
If you're feeling disappointed that you didn't get your application in on time and you'd really like to participate, don't despair - late applications are able to be received over the weekend with a deadline of close of business Monday 10th November - as this is when the order for shirts needs to be placed!
The camp runs from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 January at Camp Kedron which is located on the shore of beautiful Lake Bonney. The daily schedule will involve morning rehearsals, afternoon swimming, evening rehearsals, eating and volleyball.
For information contact Veronica on 0412 866 737 or email@example.com
The proposed tour concerts are:
Morning - Loxton Pioneer Village
Early Afternoon -Berri Senior Citizens
Late Afternoon - Jarrett Memorial Gardens, Renmark
Evening - Barmera Hotel
Morning - Monash Adventure Playground
Afternoon - Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery
Evening - Barmera Monash Football Club
Morning - Berri Farmers' Market
Afternoon - Family and Friends, Camp Kedron
Time to dust off the Sousaphones, find that pesky lyre that's somewhere at home and get ready to for the Christmas earworms that everyone will be humming. The Credit Union Christmas Pageant heralds the start of the Christmas season for most bands around the State.
Christmas time is a busy seasond for many of South Australian bands as they can provide wholesome entertainment for appreciative crowds and earn some extra money. Christmas Pageants are a long standing tradition in South Australia and the Credit Union Christmas Pageant has a healthy representation from many of our brass and concert bands and although it is only a couple of hours on a Saturday there are a few tips to remember when participating:
There are many other Pageants around the state that bands are involved in every year. Many of them welcome dressing up and any other enertaining flair you can bring to the street. Mount Gambier Pageant sports a healthy contigency of Victorian and South Australian Bands because they have partenered up with the Blue Lake Brass Band Festival and offer cash prizes to the best dressed and most entertaining bands. Mount Barker Pageant winds its way through the suburban landscape with all sorts of musical entertainment and cleverly constructed floats. Glenelg and Onkaparinga Pageant tempt you towards the cool ocean where you hope your lyre can handle the sea breeze. Norwood is gently up hill the whole way - fortunately there are enough watering holes at the end.
This is a busy time of year for many bands - have fun and give South Australia a good representation of what the band community has to offer.
Inspired by our friend and her commitment to getting the word out regarding breast cancer awareness, the K&N Brass Band are organising a concert in support of the McGrath Foundation entitled “Dreaming of a Pink Christmas”, to be held in Adelaide on the afternoon of Sunday 7th December 2014, from 2pm. Although the event is being organised by K&N, the band performing will be no ordinary brass band: “South Australian Brass Knockers” is SA’s first all-female band, formed specifically for this event, with ladies from a number of South Australian bands donating their time and talent to this worthy cause. The venue for the concert will be the Grainger Studio (home of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra), Hindley Street, Adelaide.
In June 2014 Vivienne Little, Kensington & Norwood Brass Band Committee Member, concert compere and wife of one of our players, was diagnosed with breast cancer at only 46 years of age. After a left mastectomy and further testing, the long-term prognosis is very positive; although some years of hormone therapy and monitoring are necessary, there is no immediate requirement for radio- or chemotherapy. There is no doubt that the early detection of the cancer has played a vital role in such an encouraging outcome.
A message from Allen Woodham OAM:
Huge announcement today that Mount Gambier is to be the home of the James Morrison music academy. This will be a three years university course through the University of South Australia based in Mount Gambier. Commencing 2015 and gradually expanded to enroll 200 selected students. James Morrison to live in Mount Gambier. Came along to the city band rehearsal and sat in with his two sons playing cornet. Just amazing news for music development nationally.
This Friday 24th October 1.10pm, Elder Hall Lunchtime Concert presents the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra under the baton of Bob Hower with Euphonium Solist BJ O'Donovan. This concert will perform works by Shostakovich, Cichy, Stanhope and features James Curnow's Symphonic Variants for Euphonium and Band. Tickets available at the door, for more information http://music.adelaide.edu.au/elderhall/concerts/lunch/
Para Hills Band Baritone player, Les Dawson died on 4th October 2014 after a short Illness at the age of 75. His funeral is on Wednesday 15th October 2014 at 1pm, Folland Chapel, Enfield Cemetary.
SABA encourages anyone to contact the Webmaster with any local band news or events.