South Australian Band Association- State Band Festival
Mitcham City Brass (MCB) took part in this weekend’s massive musical event held at Hahndorf. The weather was magnificent and so were the bands and soloist who took part. This was an official event celebrating 175 years of Hahndorf’s history.
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
Please join us in our next concert “All Hands on Deck” at the Fisher Chapel, Scotch College on the 12th of October at 2.30pm. This is a combined concert with Unley Concert Band.
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.
MCB April 2014
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.
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.
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.
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”
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!
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.
The band finished their concert with highlights from “Moulin Rouge”
Both concerts were ably compered by our MD Steven Packer who also brilliantly arranged some of the musicals for brass band.
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.
Mitcham City Brass
Walk the Line
Mitcham City Brass will be presenting music from your favorite musicals at the Adelaide Fringe.
Saturday 22nd February at 7.30 pm and Sunday 23rd of February 2014, 2.00pm at the Hungarian Club. 82 Osmond terrace, Norwood. Book now!