Marion City Band was established in 1969 with support from the City of Marion Council to purchase the first set of instruments and uniforms for students from Mitchell Park Boys’ Technical College to continue their musical education after graduating.
This relationship with the City of Marion continues to be a strong component of the bands success, continuing into 2019/2020 as Marion City Band celebrates 50 Years!
A big influence in the band’s history was the appointment of Musical Director, Veronica Boulton, in August 2004 through to December 2019. This was a catalyst for a number of changes in the band, including the then junior/training band of Warriparinga Brass moving towards being a strong competition band in its own right, moving through D to C Grade Brass, while Marion City Band (competition band) continuing to move forward from C Grade Brass to B Grade (and under competition rules, playing in A grade where no B grade band registered). This in turn led to further development of a new junior/training band being established to continue the strong training program, with Heaven Brass being formed to cater for this need.
This period saw a major increase in the bands’ efforts towards fundraising and recruitment which have been essential components in the band’s efforts to create a positive, encouraging and inclusive environment for members of the community to discover and continue to develop their interest in brass bands.
Education Program: Heaven Brass
Marion City Band commenced its education program in August, 2004 with the establishment of the junior band, Warriparinga Brass. Today, many of the pupils from this first cohort have progressed to become valued members of our senior bands, with some even continuing their studies at the Adelaide University Conservatorium of Music.
At present, the main focus of Marion City Band’s education program is ‘Heaven Brass’:
The Heaven Brass education program accepts students of all ages and caters to individuals who have zero or very little experience in playing brass/percussion instruments. While the program is structured towards learning the skills of brass/percussion musicianship, its main focus is instilling an enjoyment for learning in learners.
Early stages of the program involve small group and (where possible) individual lessons in order to teach the basics of playing brass and percussion instruments
Small group lessons are taught by experienced musicians and are conducted under the supervision of the Musical Director and assistant tutuors.
Once pupils have developed sufficiently to read and play basic music, they progress to the main ‘Heaven Brass’ ensemble where they learn to play achievable music in a music ensemble setting
Members of Heaven Brass are usually ready to graduate from Heaven Brass to Warriparinga Brass (one of our senior bands) after a year, but there is no cut off date.
We do encourage members of Heaven Brass to continue the process of learning after they graduate to the senior bands by seeking private tuition.
The cost of Heaven Brass tuition and instrument hire is included in the quarterly fees charged by the band. Ensuring that tuition and instrument hire is affordable is a major focus of the band.