Marion City Band has been extremely busy since the National Competitions in April, with some special entertainment events in June and July on the Calendar.
On the 4th of June, Marion players provided music service supporting the RAAF WW1 and Bomber Command Memorial Service held at the Adelaide City parade grounds. It is always such an honour and privilege to be able to support our local service associations.
“The Brass Ring” was formed in June, with seven Marion players assisting as musician support for the Adelaide Festival Cabaret perfomances of The Second Wedding Singer, with Simon Hall. This was a great experience for those involved, with great feedback as they adapted to their new roles!
Warriparinga Brass participated in the Mitcham Band Festival held 24th June, providing an entertaining repertoire selection in a 45-minute set, including Four 16th Century Dances, Euphonium Solo Solitaire, March of the Cobblers to name a few pieces , then finishing with Celt of Glencoe.
Marion City Band was delighted to host Fletcher Mitchell, International Euphonium Soloist and Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician last weekend.
Fletcher performed as the guest soloist with the Marion City Band in concerts at Bird in Hand Winery 8th and 9th July. The afternoon concerts featured the world premiere of a 12 minute euphonium work “Cu’ Allaidh” by talented US composer Jarrett Wheatly, as well as an Australian euphonium solo “Stomp” by Sydney composer Brendan Collins.
Fletcher additionally presented a free brass masterclass and small recital at the Marion City Band Hall Thursday evening 6th July.
Marion City Band treated the audience to Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, in 10 movements (arrangement by Elgar Howarth), in conjunction with an art exhibition at Bird in Hand Winery, South Australia.
Guests while enjoying the musical works, were able to view the art exhibition hosted by the Hills Art Collective, with over 100 paintings on display. In a delightful touch, during the performance, local artist Ingrid Mangan (artist in residence for the weekend) invited members of the audience to her easel to help paint the Promenade, taking inspiration from the music flowing in the background.
Here is a link to the article published 11th July 2017 in which Marion City Band Music Director Veronica Boulton was interviewed by Jared McCunnie. A fantastic read, and highlights just why Marion City Band is going from strength to strength.