Ben van Kleef conducts the LISMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA this weekend …

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Image: Ben van Kleef conducting the last performances by Lismore Symphony Orchestra

 

It’s not too late to catch the final performance of the Lismore Symphony Orchestra today, conducted by our very own Ben van Kleef … The theme is PASSION!  Follow the links below for more info … Performance is at 2pm today at Southern Cross University’s WHITEBROOK THEATRE:

http://lismoresymphony.org/

https://www.facebook.com/events/403660780056777/?notif_t=event_aggregate&notif_id=1526760442148771

ALSO, several of our Band members & colleagues will be playing within the Orchestra itself … This is a special opportunity to see live orchestral music in a regional country town.

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Temporary BandLeader …

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Hi all …

Our Musical Director, Ben van Kleef is having a few weeks off from conducting the Lismore City Concert Band whilst he focuses on this weekend’s performances by Lismore Symphony Orchestra, which he is yet again conducting.

Laurie Green, Cornettist/Trumpeter, Teacher & Bandmaster/Conductor of several bands (including the Ballina Shire Concert Band & the Galaxy Jazz Band <— formerly known as the Northern Rivers Big Band), has stepped in to fill Ben’s shoes during this period.  (Laurie ALSO plays with the Lismore Symphony Orchestra.)

The Band has already had one session with Laurie at the helm & is benefiting from experiencing the perspectives that Laurie brings with him.  Many thanks, Laurie.

ConBand NEWS + New COMMITTEE :-)

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THANKS to all who attended our Pizza Night / AGM … Several long-standing Committee members are having a rest after much dedicated effort & a few Band members (players) have stepped into their shoes to help share the load of supporting & managing the Band .. HUGE THANKS to outgoing Committee peeps & WELCOME to our newbies.

MINUTES from this recent AGM (or any future Meetings) can be obtained by request from our new Secretary, Letitia Scott.

Please find below text from our ANNUAL REPORT for the 2017/2018 year, as presented by our outgoing Secretary, Wendy Coates [who has held this position for 4 years until now <– thanxx Wendy].

Lismore City Concert Band Annual report: 2017/2018

Presented by Wendy Coates (Secretary), on behalf of the Lismore City Concert Band Committee …

The Committee is happy to report a year of solid achievement for the Band.

Members:  The band has grown some over the year, with a steady trickle of new players including some younger players, which is good to see.  Also good to have several families with siblings and parents getting involved.  At the same time we have missed other members who have taken time out for various reasons, or moved out of the area.  We had a Japanese clarinettist join for a term while she was studying at Southern Cross University.  It’s great that some ex-players, other local musicians and extended family members continue to join us for public performances.

Gigs:  The band continues to play its regular gigs as well as some new ones.  We performed our end of year Christmas Concert on the new Quad area that has been developed between the new Art Gallery, Library and Con.  It’s great to now have access to such a beautifully appointed open air space in the centre of town, and not far from our rehearsal space in the Conservatorium.  We hope to use it more in the future.  The regular Anzac day gig went well in 2018 and this was followed up with a midday performance at the Lismore Workers Club, which was a lot of fun for all involved.  Unfortunately we had to miss our regular appearance at the Lismore Show in October 2017 due to inclement weather.  Last year we decided to reach out to other concert bands in the area, extending invitations to a shared event and were very happy to have a contingent from the Ballina Concert Band journey to Lismore to join us in the auditorium at the Worker’s Club in September for a day of combined rehearsal and culminating in a performance. The band marched again in the Lismore Lantern Parade in June 2017.  It was exciting to have our new T-shirts ready for the gig featuring a funky icon of a hand clutching a bunch of music notes rising from the water.  The flood theme being very significant to Lismore as this was only a couple of months after the devastating 2017 flood and the town focus very much on recovery.

Funds:  Raising money in addition to membership fees is an ongoing responsibility, to cover our ongoing tuition, insurance, library maintenance and photocopying, special projects and other costs and to keep the band operating and solvent.  A small increase in membership has helped improve our finances but we are still going behind by a certain amount each year and need to find alternative ways to raise funds.  We applied to the Southern Cross Credit Union for a grant this year but were unsuccessful. This year we missed the usual end-of-year raffle because the committee members were busy and we didn’t get it started early enough.  We really could do with some extra help with this to rectify this situation in 2018. The regular Bunnings Sausage Sizzle remains a reliable source of income that plays a vital role in our fundraising effort.  A big shout-out to the small band of volunteers donned aprons and served bangers on sizzle day last year.  We sold out by days end.  As well as raising much needed funds, it’s also an excellent opportunity to talk to public about the band and a great bonding session.  The committee will be seeking help from members with this activity again for our next sizzle on 1st July, 2018.

Library:  Maintaining our extensive library of scores and instruments requires attention on a regular basis.  At the beginning of the year a small team gathered to sort scores, returning them to the filing system so they can be easily located for the new year.

Promotion:  Band publicity has been maintained via the website and a number of pieces in the local press.  The Facebook page continues to be an important site for sharing information.  At the beginning of the university year a small group of members took a stall at SCU Orientation week to promote the band, and had many good inquiries but unfortunately no new members from it to date.

Venue:  We are ever thankful to the Conservatorium for supporting the Band by providing us with ongoing use of the Concert Room for our weekly rehearsals and of the storage space.  At the beginning of the year we signed another Memorandum of Understanding to continue this arrangement for the next 12 months.

Musical Direction:  We thank our wonderful music director, Ben Van Kleef for his vision, musical guidance and leadership.  Ben continues to inspire the band to be the best that it can be and to make playing music together a lot of fun.

Committee:  Thanks to the members of the committee for their diligence and commitment to doing as much as they can with the resources available.  We look forward to another year of musical development, sharing the enjoyment of playing together and to making a contribution to the culture and community of our town.

We look forward to the Lismore City Concert Band going from strength to strength over the coming year.

Wendy Coates (Secretary)

 

 

 

Reminder: PIZZA NIGHT & AGM …

Hi all!  🙂

Don’t forget that TONIGHT is our AGM/Pizza Night STRAIGHT AFTER REHEARSAL … Formalities will be minimal & pleasant socialising shall be maximal! 😉 …. UPSTAIRS @ the CONCERT ROOM of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium [Keen Street, Lismore ]

pizzaFOR THOSE WHO HAVE SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:  Let us know @ start of REHEARSAL so that we can order appropriate pizzas [e.g. including GLUTEN-FREE].

Rehearsal is @ usual time slot of 5-7pm … Pizza & AGM is due to start around 7.15pm [i.e. after we’ve packed our stands & chairs away].

After pizza-munching commences, we will be presenting our 2017 Annual Report, declaring all existing Committee positions vacant, & then hopefully electing some fresh faces to the 2018 CommitteeThis is a rewarding role that is crucial to the ongoing running of the ConBand – meetings are sparsely spaced & very friendly … Please come along if you’d like to hear about our achievements for the past year & our dreams for the year to come … Oh, & pizza! 🙂

Any enquiries/apologies, please contact our current Secretary, Wendy Coates (0431222765 or wnd_coates@yahoo.com.au)

You are ALSO welcome to come earlier [anytime from 5pm] to listen to our REHEARSAL beforehand … [This will NOT be a concert, just our regular rehearsal, but attending may provide you with more awareness of our mission/purpose regardless of whether you’re interested in joining as either a player or a Committee member.]

♥ SEE YOU THERE!! ♥

Notice of AGM … PIZZA NIGHT!! … 7.15pm – 7th May, 2018 @ the CON

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Lismore City Concert Band COMMITTEE members invite you to our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING … to be held straight after our rehearsal on Monday 7th May [from 7.15pm] at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium [Keen Street, Lismore … UPstairs in the foyer area OUTside the Concert Room] …. PIZZA will be provided!

We will be presenting our 2017 Annual Report, declaring all existing Committee positions vacant, & then hopefully electing some fresh faces to the 2018 CommitteeThis is a rewarding role that is crucial to the ongoing running of the ConBandmeetings are sparsely spaced & very friendly … Please come along if you’d like to hear about our achievements for the past year & our dreams for the year to come … Oh, & pizza! 🙂

Any enquiries/apologies, please contact our current Secretary, Wendy Coates (0431222765 or wnd_coates@yahoo.com.au)

You are ALSO welcome to come earlier [anytime from 5pm] to listen to our REHEARSAL beforehand [if that tickles your fancy?] … This will NOT be a concert, just our regular rehearsal, but attending may provide you with more awareness of our mission/purpose regardless of whether you’re interested in joining as either a player or a Committee member.

We look forward to sharing a slice of life & pizza with you. ♥

Success @ O-Week 2018!

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We had a great day at Southern Cross Uni on Wednesday …

It was ‘O-Week’ – the main introductory/orientation week for new students all over Australia – & our Committee members (along with Musical Director, Ben Van Klef) held an info stall @ Southern Cross University’s Lismore Campus – replete with a sample of instruments – in an effort to snaffle a few new players for the Con Band.

Many students (& some teachers!) showed interest in the stall, with more than a handful providing their contact details & expressing strong intention to come along to check out the band at rehearsals.  The stall was a great idea & you can bet we’ll be there next year!

Our next rehearsal is tomorrow night (Monday 5th March, 5-7pm) – fingers cross that some of those lovely peeps we met at Uni will turn up to taste a Con Band rehearsal.

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SCU INFO DAY – Come see us at ‘O-week’!

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A few of us stalwart band folks will be holding an INFO STALL at Southern Cross University’s LISMORE Campus today …

Come along & say ‘Hello‘  🙂 … we’ll be pretty obvious in our bright 2017 ‘Street Band’ t-shirts + we may even play a tune or two!  😉

Our friendly LCCB outreach team will be able to answer your enquiries about what to expect from playing with us, or even just chat about music generally.

Oh! & we’ll have some of those snazzy t-shirts* for sale – but you’d better be quick, we’ve nearly sold out.

*Original artwork concept by Committee member, Greta Seed / digital artwork composition by fellow Committee member,  Ellie Magee-Jessup

FREE Combined Concert Band Day

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Lismore City Concert Band is hosting a COMBINED BAND DAY – this exciting opportunity is a chance for being part of something bigger – allowing small (and large!) community bands to get together and play as a large ensemble! Lismore City Concert Band is providing the music and percussion instruments on the day.

Music for ALL – this is a day celebrating being part of community concert bands – we very much welcome entire bands coming along, however if you are an individual playing percussion, woodwind or brass you are welcome to come along too!

WHERE: Lismore Workers Club – Auditorium
WHEN: Sunday 24th September
WHO: Open to Concert bands as a group, as well as individuals.
COST: Best of all – It is FREE!!!!!!!!

The day will consist of meet-and greet, joint rehearsals of all members, performances from individual bands (if you would like your concert band to perform please contact Ben Van Kleef or message below), then a joint concert at the end of the day.

Audience members are welcome for the concert in the afternoon (just a gold coin donation for this). This will probably be from around 1pm on, with an interval – we will update this closer to the event when we have a better idea of numbers.

As the Lismore Workers club has kindly donated the use of the Auditorium we suggest that as a gesture of gratitude that band members purchase their lunch from the Lismore Workers Club.

If you are interested – individually or as a group – and wish to get a copy of the music in advance, or just if you have any questions, then contact our musical director Ben Van Kleef on 0432 575 911 or Contact Us via the link.

Lismore City Concert Band AGM 2017

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To be held at Northern Rivers Conservatorium (in Concert Room)

March 13, starting 7.15 pm

Members and community, please join us for the presentation of the annual report on the activities of the Lismore City Concert Band and the exciting plans for 2017

All committee positions will be declared vacant at the meeting.  We look forward to having some new faces on the team in 2017.

SEE YOU THERE!

Tea and coffee and a light snack will be provided.

See Agenda here