March, April and May have been interesting times indeed! The year is continuing to move on, with 2020 now being a time to explore different ways of band connection while not being able to rehearse together.
Social distancing will be with us for a long while, but hopefully we will in South Australia see an easing of restrictions in the upcoming months allowing us to come back together as we cautiously reboot. This is a very fragile time for our economy and health so one step at a time.
There are challenges ahead, but the band committee is continuing to monitor current advise in relation to music and community activities, and will update our members as we have news.
We have not been idle. Have you seen our Music Video?
It’s a pretty good first go at a social distance banding playout. We hope it puts a smile on your face.
You can find it below, or alternatively access it via video on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/marioncityband/videos/608615776529998/
Our AGM was held by Zoom meeting on Wednesday April 29th , and was well attended. The band committee continues to meet monthly through virtual meetings to discuss band matters, plan and communicate.
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It is with great sadness the Marion City Band committee has had to communicate to members and public that our planned KI trip in April is postponed at this time (with circumstances beyond our control), however we are optimistic we will be able to reschedule this at a future date.
The world is currently in high alert, not a situation most of us would have considered we would be in, in 2020. We are continuing to follow key advise from WHO and Australian Government Departments around minimising the risk of spread of a strain of virus COVID-19.
Social distancing rules and guides have been put in place in Australia, and are being revised daily. Due to the nature of brass band activities such as rehearsals in confined space and public events gatherings, to minimise risk to our organisation and members, most group band activities are on hold at this time. So - a big yes to home practice, and an instrument clean will help pass some down time.
Contact to our organisation or other band members is still only a key tap away, so be in touch with us if you wish to chat.
We are seeing some interesting public online forums to help home practice, and social media type online group activities involving instrument playing. If you are following some of these, do get involved, and share them along to band organisations, as it is a positive way to keep our music developing and sharing at this time.
EASTER – AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BANDS LIVESTREAM: BrassBanned is putting on a special broadcast, with Tim announcing a 48 hour live marathon stream, with the last 12 YEARS of Nationals being shown(#Brassbanned). Marion City Band has attended 10 consecutive years, so I am sure some of our best (and worse) moments will be shown in full technicolour (or even in HD!). We will share this further on our facebook page so our band enthusiasts can hook in and catch this over the Easter weekend.
Band together for K.I : April 13th to April 18th
We are excited to share that Marion City Band members will be heading across to Kangaroo Island for the week April 13th to April 18th.
We have offered our services as volunteers, and will be joining the BlazeAid Team for the week, helping with the rebuild of fencing around the Parndana area in the aftermath of the devastating bushfires on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, along with any other tasks where our diverse skill sets may be of use.
We will also be playing a concert on Saturday 18th April for locals, other volunteers and visitors to Kangaroo Island.
The positive response has been amazing from our players and families, who are really keen to be able to do something hands on to help out. Being school holidays, a number of our band members are on break or have taken leave from work to be available to travel.
A few of our members are assisting another band travelling to the National Band Championships, and we also wish them well. With a gap year for our band, this has enabled us to be able to commit our resources in other ways, as it happens, to helping the rebuild on K.I.
Behind the scenes, to move a large number of volunteers, and with the logistics of concerts, we have had some fantastic help putting this all into place. More will be mentioned of the support services and local connections that are making this planning and travel possible, as we update and advertise our information across our facebook page feed in the up-coming weeks.
A BIG SHOUT OUT of THANKS to our band members and families, who have committed as a small community to BAND TOGETHER FOR K.I, to volunteer their time, manual labour and music talents for this endeavour.
There is a further story around our links with this wonderful part of our State. The SA State Youth Brass Camp in 2019 was hosted on Kangaroo Island, with the area of Parndana being where they stayed. Several of our youth players and music support helpers were involved in this Camp and Music Tour around K.I. We were keen to offer our assistance where we could to help make a difference in their community in the aftermath of the bushfires.
Leading up to our departure date, members will be assisting at Saturday BBQs at Stratco St Mary's each weekend until we leave.
Please show your support by visiting us and buying a sausage. As travel is self funded by members, all money raised will go towards offsetting travel costs for our members.
The season of pageants and Christmas carols was again successfully supported, with the bands being involved in the following over the last few months:
Mount Gambier Christmas Pageant and Lions Blue Lake Band Festival
National Pharmacies Adelaide Christmas Pageant
Sunset in the Park with ASO at Marion Warriparinga Wetlands
Clovelly Park Primary School Carols
Marion Primary School Carols
Glandore Community Carols
Mount Barker Christmas Pageant
Blackwood Christmas Pageant
The year's activities concluded with Carols in the Neighbourhood and our traditional band break up evening. As is customary, a number of members were presented with awards, and we also said farewells to a number of long term players, including Music Director Veronica Boulton. We wish them well as they continue on their life journeys.
A few well deserved weeks off now during the Christmas and New Year Summer Break!
All the best to those of our youth heading off in mid January to State Youth Brass Camp....... details of concerts around the riverland will be available on the South Australia Band Association website/facebook.
For Marion City Band .... it is BAND CAMP time to start the year off - being held at Aldinga Beach on the Australia Day Long Weekend. There will be a public concert on Monday morning - 27th January .... so look out for further details on this.
Marion City Band Inc is calling for EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST from energetic and enthusiastic people to take on the role/s of MUSICAL DIRECTOR in one or more of our bands in 2020 and beyond. Position description is attached.
If you or anyone you know may be interested, please be in touch. For further information or to apply please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Darren on 0408 899 714.
|With a busy lead up to Christmas, Marion City Band at last count has 14 upcoming engagements over the next 5 weeks!. A slightly crazy time but exciting being out and about at so many community and festive events. |
Just a quick recap - last few weeks has included the South Australian Brass Band Solo and Ensemble Competitions, accumulating in a Champion of Champions play off at the 2019 Celebration Dinner and Awards night.
We are proud to report the following:
Champion of Champions Open Brass : Christopher McDonald (Marion City Band)
Champion of Champions Junior Brass : Jayden Doe (Marion City Band)
Well done to other entrants, qualifiers for the Champions event and a big thanks to those volunteering at recent SABA events,
Continuing on into 2020 we are keen to hear from any interested persons that would like to join us!
We have a strong training program in place for those wishing to start their musical journey, or revisit some skills, or just have some fun trying a new instrument, as well as some player vacancies across a range of instruments in both our B Grade and C Grade Bands. Please be in contact with our Presidents, Secretary or Events Co-ordinator if you would like to come along for a rehearsal or two or more! We are particularly keen to hear from experienced Cornet/Trumpet players and percussionists.
Please dont be shy .... give us a call!
|A fantastic evening of Celebrations for our 50th Birthday. |
Special guests on the evening included Mr Doug Burnside (1970 appointed band master), sisters Christine, Susan and Julia (founding Waite Family members), Mr John Davidson (Drum Major 1970, and ongoing member through to early 2000), Mrs Bernice Heaven (honorary member), Mr Robin Kidney (1970 music support), Marion Mayor Kris Hanna, and we had visitors from far and wide – past and current members joining us on the evening.
To continue on …. the next 50 Years are kicking off with our usual flurry of events leading up to the festive Christmas season. Look out for us in the next few months, it’s a whirlwind – with the line up being added to as event requests are come in!
Some BIG public events upcoming you will see us at include:
South Australian State Solo Championships - October 19
Adelaide City - National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant – November 9th
Sunset Symphony – Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at Warriparinga Wetlands, Marion – November 9th
Mount Gambier Christmas Parade and Blue Lake Band Festival – November 16/17
November and December …. Pageants …. Pageants …. Pageants!!
We are continuing to seek expressions of interest for Music Director/s so please contact us (see previous posted info for all details). Application round close October 17 so contact Darren asap if you are considering this opportunity.
Marion Bands are well into our practicing now.... with only 2 weeks to go to the S.A State Band Championships, being held Saturday 27th July at the Vogue Theatre.
We have two competition bands entered in the states competition, being Marion City Band (playing in A grade Brass due with no other B grade bands competing), and Warriparinga Brass representing in C grade Brass.
Our usual wirlwind of rehearsals are taking place, amongst Tour Day (Warri) and Community engagements (and the lovely Winter weather!!)
Celebrating 50 - Marion City Band - Saturday 21st September
We are planning for September a Celebration 50 Evening on Saturday 21st September at the Marion RSL (our " old" home ..... so stay tuned for updates on this one in the coming weeks!).
We are keen to track down old band photos or other memorabilia that may be about from ex-members, so please contact us via our facebook page/messenger if you have some old treasures that we can add to our display! And put the date in your diaries (let us know if you are keen to come - we are contacting membership lists from past details, but not all had email, and people move - so dont be shy...the more the merrier. IF we cant find you.... please contact us! Hope to see you there.
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What a busy few months!.
Nationals Rehearsals x2 weekly
Edwardstown Sports Complex Opening Entertainment
National Band Championships in Queensland
Edwardstown Youth Vigil Marion
Marion RSL Dawn ANZAC Service,
Edwardstown Memorial Gardens ANZAC Service,
City March ANZAC
Thats a wrap for Term 1.! Keep following our Facebook feeds for update out and about happenings..
Next is the Hahndorf Band Festival on May 11 - watch out for Heaven Brass and Marion mid morning.
Entertainment is the focus, so lets see what we show toppers we can pull out of our bells!
LiveStream of the Band Championships is via website https://www.brassbanned.com/. or you can connect on social media https://www.facebook.com/Brassbanned
If you can't be there in person, tune in on Friday (stage) , Saturday (Street March) and Sunday (stage) to catch up with us! Competition on stage is screened adjudication (so no public timings announcements) - contact a band member who can keep you posted....
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