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!
“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!
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.
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 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.
“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.
Scenes from the MCB opening concert for the Adelaide Fringe
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.
Mitcham City Brass have been very busy this month. The band recently attended the Mitcham Councils annual “Carols by the Creek Concert”
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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