Recent events

The band has again been very busy providing music and entertainment. Some of our recent events include the opening of the bowling season at Happy Valley Bowling Club. This ceremony again enjoyed magnificent sunshine and the band put on a sparkling concert in the afternoon to a packed audience.

On the 12th of October the band performed in a much anticipated concert performance of “All Hands on Deck”, at Scotch College. This was a combined band event with Unley Concert Band. Each band selected music with a naval theme and performed separately and then combined forces with a narrated performance of “The Battle of Trafalgar”. This concert has been a pipe dream of our MD for some time. It was a spectacular performance which stirred the audience. The only thing missing was the cannon smoke and cordite!

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All Hand on Deck

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Unley Concert Band

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The “Battle of Trafalgar” narrator Clive

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The combined bands of Mitcham City Brass and Unley Concert Band

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Steve Packer conducting the mass bands

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Steve Packer performing “Rule Britannia”

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Mitcham Village Music Cultural Day was on last Sunday and the band played in the blazing sun for an hour of light concert music to a good local crowd. Also on display was an illustrated history of Mitcham City Brass complete with old photos, uniforms and instruments associated with the band history. Of particular note was the band bass drum which has been restored and was illustrated in a 1922 photo of the band. We hope to put on display some of these old photos on our web shortly.

Coming events include the Mitcham Carols by the Creek on 30th of November, and several pageants which the band will participate in, Port Pirie, Meningie and the Blackwood Pageant. We hope to see you there supporting the band.

We thank all our supporters for their magnificent support in making 2014 a great year for the band.

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Our weekend at the State Championships.

This year the State Championships were combined with the Hahndorf Band Festival in a variety of venues including “The Old Mill” for Brass Bands, St Michael’s Church for Concert Bands and for the own choice march in the newly commissioned Rotunda in the Pioneer Memorial Gardens. The Rotunda has been named in memory of one of Hahndorf’s pioneering bandsman, the late Lawrence W E Kramm. The Parade of Bands were bands are adjudicated, on inspection, deportment marching formation and musical skills whilst playing a musical instrument brings out the best rivalry amongst musicians and drum majors!

After many weeks of intense rehearsals both in and out of band rooms, the contest took place in the beautiful historic village of Hahndorf under magnificent blue skies. The event for the first time was live streamed to the world on www.brassbanned.com

Whilst MCB did not win, we put in a very solid performance, attaining 3rd place.

For full results of the weekend go to http://www.sabandassociation.org/results.html

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Mitcham City Brass performing their street march at Hahndorf.

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Alan and Vic our two baritone players

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The Sreet March Contest

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The own choice March Contest in the new Rotunda

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By the Centre… Quick…March! now an annual event!

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 Pictures from the concert.

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George our latest recruit, sampling coffee from our new coffee machine!

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Tuba Quartet.

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Peter Milter on Eb

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Steve Packer MD on Euphonium

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Brenton Stewart Bb Tuba and Peter Milter Eb Tuba

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Brenton Stewart

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Band piano accompanist, Richard Blinco

 

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Wartime Melodies concert review

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The band has had a very busy week after taking part in the Colonel Light Dawn Service and the annual Anzac Parade in the City of Adelaide. To round off our weekend the band presented a “Wartime Melodies” concert in the Fisher Chapel at Scotch College on Sunday to a large audience.

The format of the concert differed from our usual entertainment in that we featured the National Anthems of the participating countries associated with the war effort.

The theme was arranged around “wartime melodies” and we heard our own MD performing “Song for the Skies” on his Eb Tuba. Bill Richards on Flugel horn, played “What a wonderful World” and our principal euphonium soloist, Peter McIntyre performed “Benedictus” from The Armed Man.

The band played a selection of favourite marches including “Aces High”. Contrasting pieces included the “Theme from JFK” and Leonard Ballantine’s beautiful arrangement of “Mid All the Traffic”.

The program conclude with “Nightfall in Camp” and “Prelude and Sunset” when the flag was lowered.

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MCB April 2014

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Adelaide Fringe “Musicals Spectacular”

 

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Musical Spectacular with Mitcham City Brass at the Hungarian Club, Norwood.

Adelaide Fringe Concerts for 2014

Musical Director Steven Packer with guest artist Benji Riggs.

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This year’s concert featured music from the musicals going back to Victorian time to “The pirates of Penzance”, featuring our trombone section in knee bending style in the “The Bold Gendarmes” complete with helmets, to the latest “Defying Gravity” from Wicked.

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Soloist left to right , Ian Collins, Grant Eaton, David Corkindale and James Paltridge

The bands guest artist was a Benji Riggs a year 12 student, who sang with considerable skill, “I’ve Got You Under my Skin” and “Georgia on my Mind”. This was Benji’s first concert with the band.

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Benji Riggs vocal soloist.

The program featured: “Come Follow the Band” from Barnum, “The Bold Gendarmes”, followed by a tenor horn solo, “Over the Rainbow” featuring Adrian Meyers playing his first solo with the band. “Seventy Six Trombones” from the Music Man and then our featured soloist, Peter McIntyre on the Euphonium playing “Bess, you is my Women Now”. Benji then sang his two numbers surprising the audience with his singing talent. We ended the first half with the famous number from Carousel, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”

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Tamina Judd and Luke Lambert

After the Intermission, the pace quicken somewhat with “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray. Tamina Judd (Euphonium) and Luke Lambert (Cornet) played highlights from the musical Chess. Our Soprano soloist, Paul McDonald and Bill Richards on Flugel horn gave a moving rendition of “Pie Jesu” from Requiem. To mark the finish of the “South Pacific” stage musical in Adelaide, the band played an arrangement by Steven Packer of this wonderful Musical. Our brilliant percussion section featured in the “Circle of Life” from the Lion King using just about every percussion instrument available. MCB has the best set of percussion instruments in Adelaide apart from the ASO!

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Paul McDonald and Bill Richards

Beauty and the Beast was followed by the Andrew Lloyd Webber favourite, “Memory” from Cats. Funny hat time featured again in our concert, last year it was miner’s hats for “Brassed Off”, this time for “Defying Gravity” from Wicked.

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The band finished their concert with highlights from “Moulin Rouge”

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Both concerts were ably compered by our MD Steven Packer who also brilliantly arranged some of the musicals for brass band.

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Wittunga Under the Stars

Mitcham City Brass were the first performers on stage for the annual Wittunga Under the Stars concert held in the beautiful native gardens at Wittunga, Blackwood.

A very large audience enjoyed a magnificent evening of music on the lawns, organised by the Blackwood Lions Club.

As the evening progressed the audience were entertained by “Sound Factory” and finally by “Walk the Line” who played  all your Johnny Cash favorites

Sound Factory – performing hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s. Includes Cold Chisel, Hoodoo Gurus, INXS, Jimmy Hendrix, Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and much much more.

As Rohan Powell quipped, lead singer of Walk the Line, it was worth it to hear Mitcham City Brass play Lady Ga Ga! Next time he wants the dance moves performed by Steve Packer our MD.

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Walk the Line

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Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year from MCB!

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Reflections of Christmas Concert

The band gave their annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, in the Fisher Chapel, Scotch Colege.

It was a time to wear some Christmas colour and cheer.

Our MD selected some exciting and challenging music interspersed with Christmas Carols.

Father Christmas was on hand along with Santa’s Helper to distribute Christmas Cheer!

The band played the Hallelujah Chorus as its final number.

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Casual gear for the Concert

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Santa and his Helper

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Band on stage

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Mitcham City awarded Band of the Year by South Australian Band Assocation.

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Tamina Judd accepting band of the year award for Mitcham City Brass.

Tamina was also nominated band person of the year by SABA

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Magnificent Marches Concert

Our Musical Directors epic wish came true with the realisation of our recent concert Magnificent Marches. Whilst some of us had doubts about the audience’s and player’s stamina it was extremely well received. The concert took place in the Uniting Church at Goodwood.

The program started with “Barnard Castle” and progressed to the “Grand march from Aida”, followed by “Invercargil” an old brass band favourite from Alex Lithgow, extremely popular in Australia and New Zealand. Composers Sousa and Strauss featured in the “Liberty Bell” and “Radetsky March”. Brassed Off movie favourite march “Death and Glory” was enjoyed by a now fired up audience.  Rimmer’s “Slaidburn” was played in fine style at a sedate march tempo by the band. Ron Goodwin’s arrangement of “Aces High” completed the first half of the concert.

The second half of the concert commenced with “Amparito Roca” taken at a wicked pace by MD Steven Packer. Steve, an ex-Navy musician, both Australian and New Zealand Navy introduced the crowd to the “Royal Australian Navy” march. The band then played “On the Quarter Deck” an old standard by Kenneth Alford. Steven introduced an arrangement of “Zaphenstreich” by Beethoven, a very old military tattoo march. The Salvation Army has a huge library of marches and the band played the popular “Goldcrest” which features several Army choruses. Alford featured again in “Colonel Bogey”, followed by “St Louis Blues” by the American composer W C Handy. Holzman’s “Blazeaway” completed the concert. We thought the audience were all marched out, but no we could not finish without an encore of “Blazeaway”!

 

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