Wartime Melodies Concert

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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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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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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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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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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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Players wanted

MCB is seeking players in all sections. We especially are looking for cornet and tuba players.

 

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“Musicals Spectacular”

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!

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Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year from MCB!

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Mitcham City Brass, Reflections of Christmas 2013

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Our Christmas Band

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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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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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