Our Christmas Band
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.
Casual gear for the Concert
Santa and his Helper
Band on stage
Tamina Judd accepting band of the year award for Mitcham City Brass.
Tamina was also nominated band person of the year by SABA
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”!
Mitcham City Band took part in the 30th birthday celebrations of the club this afternoon in glorious sunshine. Our MD and Flugal Horn soloist are members of the club.
Playing the National Emblem on the bowling green.
Bill playing “What a Wonderful World”
MCB in concert
MCB in concert
MCB Tuba engine room
MCB Euphonium and Baritone section
MCB Horn section
Unfortunately the band was not successful in attaining a major placing in the State Band Championships this year. Whilst there were only a few points separating bands it was nether the less a disappointment for band members after so much hard work. The test piece was Dean Goffin’s “Rhapsody In Brass” a major challenge for “C” grade bands. The band did succeed well in the Solo, Party and Ensemble contests held on the Saturday . After a very wet winter, the marching contest which was due to take place on the Marryatville School Oval was cancelled; this was a disappointment for many bands as a lot of time had been invested in marching practices. However in beautiful sunshine the band acquitted itself admirably providing the catering for the many bands attending over the weekend.
For the band to go forward and compete successfully in the future, we need to build on our player base and in this regard we need to recruit players in the following sections; Cornets, Basses and Percussion. Players for all sections are of course welcome.
On a positive note it has been announced by the South Australian Band Association (SABA) that Mitcham City Brass has been awarded Band of the Year, our hard working band secretary, Tamina Judd, has been named Band Person of the Year. Tamina has also been appointed Secretary of SABA and Joanne Cross has been appointed to the SABA committee. Congratulations to both our members.
Results are announced.
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Mitcham City Brass (based in Adelaide, South Australia) is a progressive C Grade brass band enjoying much success over the last few years, winning State C Grade titles and coming third in the 2011 Australian National Brass Band Championships. Practice is held on Mondays and Thursdays commencing at 7.30 pm in the Band room at the corner of Grange Road & Belair Road, Torrens Park opposite the Mitcham Council Chambers.
Lessons are available for those wishing to brush up their skills, or those wishing to learn a brass instrument from scratch. NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME!
We are currently seeking experienced cornet and bass players.
Our Musical Director, Steven Packer is a much respected, talented musician, musical trainer and arranger having served in the Royal New Zealand Navy Band for many years.