A night at the Adelaide Fringe – from MCB’s Animation Antics


MCB waiting to go on stage for the 2015Adelaide Fringe Festival


With the thermometer hovering around 40C this weekend, Mitcham City Brass were rolling up their costumed sleeves in the air-conditioned comfort of The Hungarian Club, Norwood to present their 2015 Fringe Concert show  “Animation Antics”. Dress was strictly costume only and from the pictures taken at the show, some members really got into theme!


Peter Milter

“Prince Charming” alias MD Steve Packer kicked off the musical extravaganza with a Goff Richards arrangement of “The Flintstones” followed by the cry of “WILMA” from the band!


Prince Charming and Jasmine Garcia

Paul Dukas’  the “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” featured in the Fantasia 1940 cartoon, transcribed by Steven Packer, was played complete with a back projected screen. In contrast Fantasia 2000, The Final Hymn from “The Firebird” was played with chorale precision.

Our first soloist of the evening Peter McIntyre gave an excellent rendition of Rossini’s “Largo Al Factotum” on the Euphonium. The Animation Antics theme had given the MD a lot of scope in the selection of music. It also gave him the opportunity of informing the audience of his encyclopaedic knowledge of the Disney cartoon creations!

Barry Gray’s “Thunderbirds” theme march followed.

We were then introduced to our guest singer Jasmine Garcia. Jasmine a young Adelaide music student and junior Broadway performer sang beautifully for the audience “Colours of the Wind” “Somebody to Love”, “Angel”, “Part of your World” from “the Little Mermaid”. Jasmine performed as our guest artist throughout our event.


Jasmin Garcia performing for the Fringe

The tempo increased with Alan Fernie’s arrangement of the theme to “Mission Impossible”.  “Hallelujah” from Shrek was beautifully played before our MD Steve picked up his new Eb bass and thrilled the crowd with an  up tempo version of “The Bare Necessities” conducted by Ian Collins dressed as the character  Dick Dastardly from Whacky Races!


The Bare Necessities

“The Chicken Run” movie theme was next, complete with kazoo solos. The first half ended with the overture from “The Barber of Seville”, the band’s first ever live performance of the famous Rossini selection.

“The Incredibles” commenced the second half of music followed by our 5 member percussion section’s performance of the “Tarzan” soundtrack highlights. The magnificent sound of “Colours of the Wind” from Pocahontas, an arrangement by Frank Bernaerts, featured the soaring sounds of our euphonium and horn sections.

“Symphonic Highlights from Frozen” an arrangement by the American composer Stephen Bulla, provided an insight into modern cartoon film music arrangements, and was a clear favourite of those children present!

Jasmine Garcia featured again in the second half with numbers from the Disney shows.


Jasmine Garcia

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story proved an appropriate choice as 3 band members were in themed costume of Buzz Lightyear and Woody. “If I Didn’t Have You” from Pixars Monsters Inc, a computer animated comedy cartoon proved popular.

To end the concert the band pulled all the themes together with Goff Richards’ magnificent arrangement of “A Disney Fantasy”.

You can’t go home without an encore and so “On the Quarter Deck” got dusted off to advertise our next concert, “Tribute to the Anzacs” which will be held on Sunday 26 April, 2015.


Our Tuba Quartet playing the Pink Panther

Scenes from the MCB opening concert for the Adelaide Fringe


Steve, David and Ian


Steve, Joanne and Ian










Grant as a Flintstone


The Flintstone Family


Ian, Joanne and George





David and Martina




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Australia Day 2015

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Mitcham City Brass at Carrick Hill.

The band took part in its first public performance of the year at the annual Australia Day ceremony at Carrick Hill.

We look forward to seeing you all at our next major event at the Adelaide Fringe Festival shortly. Tickets are now on sale.


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A busy Christmas time

Mitcham City Brass have been very busy this month. The band recently attended the Mitcham Councils annual “Carols by the Creek Concert”

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Carols by the Creek

This was followed by the Blackwood Pageant last Friday and Saturday it was off to Port Pirie to support their annual pageant. Sunday saw the band in Meningie for their pageant. The MCB is happy to support district associations and Meningie were thrilled to have our band lead their procession.


Port Pirie


Who left the lights on?

Some of us will support Enfield Brass Band this Saturday at Victor Harbour so if you are not yet “pageanted out” come and support the bands this Saturday.

Tamina Judd our band secretary also took part in the “Brass Knockers” concert this Sunday. This was an all ladies affair to support breast cancer.


Brass Knockers Band

click to listen to Brass Knockers excerpts http://vimeo.com/113832956


Following our annual breakup party the band will be resting until the 12th of January when rehearsals resume in preparation of our Fringe Concerts, see you there!

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2015 Adelaide Festival Concerts – Animation Antics!


Our first major event for 2015!

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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!

All Hand on Deck

All Hand on Deck

All Hands 6

Unley Concert Band

All Hands 4

The “Battle of Trafalgar” narrator Clive

All Hands 1

The combined bands of Mitcham City Brass and Unley Concert Band

All Hands 2

Steve Packer conducting the mass bands

All Hands 7

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.

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Mitcham Cultural Centre

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Bill Richards playing a flugal solo

MCB Institute 1

Adrian Myers playing a tenor horn solo “Misty”

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


Mitcham City Brass performing their street march at Hahndorf.


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Alan and Vic our two baritone players


The Sreet March Contest


The own choice March Contest in the new Rotunda

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


 Pictures from the concert.



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


Tuba Quartet.


Peter Milter on Eb


Steve Packer MD on Euphonium


Brenton Stewart Bb Tuba and Peter Milter Eb Tuba


Brenton Stewart


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.


MCB April 2014

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Adelaide Fringe “Musicals Spectacular”



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.


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.


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”


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!


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.


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.

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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.


Mitcham City Brass



Walk the Line

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