2017 June and July – Busy times update

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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.

http://jaredmccunnie.weebly.com/reviews/veronica-boulton-interview-marion-city-band-the-importance-of-community-music-and-youth-banding

2017 May News Update

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Drum Corp:

Marion Drum Corp rehearsals are being held on Monday nights 5.30-6.30pm at the band hall.

With a broad range of experience within the group, from first time trying through to experienced percussionists,  it is not too late this term to join in…. just call 0412 866 747 for more details.

Heaven Brass:

Tutors Chris, Harry and Jayden are being kept very busy this term, with several new players joining us from Clovelly Park Primary School.

After Marion City Band held a come-and-try brass session at the primary school, a number of students attend lessons and rehearsals on a regular basis and are enjoying the experience.

Heaven Brass performed recently at the Marion Celebrates Event – held at the Marion Domain.   Heaven Brass was the opening stage act to entertain the crowd for the event, for some this was their first public stage music performance.

Warriparinga Brass:

Rehearsals are well underway for Warriparinga, who will be playing in the Mitcham Band Festival being held at the Vogue Theatre on Saturday 24th June.

Each band participating will be on stage for a 45-minute program of entertainment music (including a hymn and march).  Warriparinga will be performing later in the evening of this all day event.

 

Marion Band:

Marion players will be performing July 8 and 9 at the Bird in Hand Winery (free entry), as part of Hills Art Collective exhibition (resident artist Ingrid Mangan).

A concert showcase is being held 3pm Daily, with Marion City Band featuring the music work “Pictures at an Exhibition”, and welcome guest Soloist Fletcher Mitchell.

2017 Australian National Band Championships – Launceston, Tasmania

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Well, what an exciting and busy few months it has been.

Marion City Band provided entrants in both B Grade and C Grade Brass Bands at the Australian Nationals Competitions held over the Easter weekend in April (14-17th) in Launceston, Tasmania.

With lots of rehearsal time over a period of 3 months , along with a pre-nationals concert held for family and friend prior to leaving, the bands were well prepared for this year’s competition.

The B Grade Marion City Band results were outstanding with a 3rd place from 14 Bands competing in this section.

Results from C Grade Brass Bands were equally outstanding, with Warriparinga Brass, in their debut at this level (moving up from D grade after a successful 2016) achieved a 2nd of 8 entrant at this years National Competitions.

Many players and their families took the opportunity to have an extended holiday after the Nationals and doing some exploring around Tasmania.

 

Anzac Day 2017

Marion City Band provided support to several services for Anzac Day remembrance, including:

Evening Marion RSL Youth Vigil, with last post by Jayden Doe.
Dawn Service Marion RSL, with last post by Alexandra Bowman
Dawn Service Edwardstown Memorial, with last post by Imogen Behan
Adelaide City Anzac Day Commemorative March

 

What next?

It is straight back into rehearsals for the Marion players, with several exhibition and entertainment appearances on the gig sheet.

But exciting times – Marion City Band is also starting its own Drum Corp. Refer to the upcoming events or our facebook page for details. This will held on Monday nights 5.30 – 6.30pm, so come along and give it a go….

Marion City Bands AGM will be held on the evening of Wednesday May 3rd 6pm at the Marion City Band Hall.

2017 January Youth Brass Camp

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Many of Marion City Band youth players attended the Youth Brass Camp held in January.

 

With three days to learn lots of pieces, and for some adjust to a different instrument, it was then time to showcase for family and friends before heading off on a tour of the limestone Coast (Naracoorte / Mount Gambier).

The tour was a huge success, with stops at various locations, including in Keith, Naracoorte Soundshell, Blanche Cave, Mount Gambier Band Hall just to name a few, the three days of tour was a whirlwind of activity. For some of the players this is their third attendance at the Youth Brass Camps, and a big thanks to Veronica Boulton for organising this fantastic event.

   

 

Christmas 2016

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Marion City Band were extremely busy out and about during November and December, with community Christmas pageants and support for various celebrations during this time, including

  • Marion Primary School Christmas Carols
  • Library Christmas Carols for City of Marion
  • Mount Barker Christmas Pageant
  • Blackwood Christmas Pageant
  • Marion Shopping centre Food Court entry Carols
  • Concert in Dumbarton Reserve + Band Break up evening.

Well done on another fabulous year of Brass Banding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep and eye out on our facebook page for more photos, events and performances.

Rehearsals for the 2017 National Band Championships being held over Easter in Launceston, Tasmania begin early in the New Year.

 

October 2016 – Whats been happening

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Moving through another busy year, Marion City Band has once again successfully participated in the  South Australian State Championships, held at Immanual College late August.

Represented by Marion City Band (B Grade, playing in A Grade), placing 2nd of 3 entrants overall, and Warriparinga Brass (C Grade), placing 2nd (on countback tied 1st) the results were reflective of the preparations leading up to the competition.   Great job by all the Solo and Ensemble entrants too…… Well done all round!.

With several community events keeping the bands active out and about, its busy times, as always.    Heaven Brass most recently entertained at a local kindergarten event, and with November fast approaching several of the bands cornet players will be representing on November 11th services at various locations around Adelaide, along with the band supporting at the Repatriation General Hospital.

September saw the band’s Bandology Concert – held at Marion Cultural Centre. Heaven Brass, Warriparinga Brass and Marion Bands entertained the audience of family, friends and public with a fun afternoons list of music.


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2016 March – Yamaha Australian National Band Championships

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Congratulations to all the bands who participated at the 2016 Yamaha Australian National Band Championships, held at Gawler (Trinity College) over the Easter Weekend.    A full list of results can be found at the National Band Council of Australia Inc website, or on their face book page.

Marion City Band (B Grade Brass) and Warriparinga Brass (D Grade Brass) bands played well in their grades, and were well represented by a number of excellent Solo and ensemble entries.

The journey of each of the bands to be achieving at the high standards was noted by Music Director Veronica Boulton.      Marion City Band Inc.  only but a few years ago represented at Nationals level with one C Grade Band (in last position), and has in 2016 expanded and developed to a point of a playing team of musicians across B Grade and D grade sections.

Exciting times, with a strong training program enhancing the musicianship ability across its players, and contributing to the wonderful family and community atmosphere within its bandroom.

The band was excited to host Surfers Paradise Brass for social BBQ dinner Thursday evening prior to Nationals, a great way to start the weekend.

November 2015 – Mount Gambier Blue Lake Band Festival

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Marion City Band members have completed this years journey to Mount Gambier for the 2015 Blue Lake Band Festivals.

The events of the festival on Saturday started with the Marion Marchers on Parade for the inspection and street marching competition, followed by the All Bands mass march and the Mount Gambier Christmas Pageant.

With a colourful and fun display of costumes players from Marion City Band posed as Mexicans and Warriparinga Brass as Snowmen – with the music to match each of the costumes.

The band events at Mount Gambier were televised live online through Brassbanded  (http://www.brassbanned.com/), who provided a livestream feed coverage of the street marching, pageant and stage competitions.   Band members, supporters and family unable to make the trip to Mt Gambier were able to take advantage of this and see live the performances by ours and other bands.

Congratulations to both Marion City Band and Warriparinga Brass Band on their stage performances.

One of the exciting highlights of the weekend  was the presentation of the Mount Gambier Lions Band of the Year 2015 award, which was presented to Warriparinga Brass on Saturday.

Well done to all involved – from sewing of costumes through to playing in the bands (and everything in between).

A very successful weekend.

We have moved!

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Exciting Times!

After many months of planning, its happening NOW.  This week Marion City Band Inc is moving to a new home.

Rehearsals for the band will now take place at the new Band Hall, location being 48 Dumbarton Avenue, Edwardstown, SA 5039.

The rejuvenation of the inside of the Hall is looking fantastic – with special thanks to those contributing time, inspiration and expertise over the last few months to create a custom rehearsal venue.