Band Enrichment Day a success!

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The enrichment day went off like a blast. Everyone had fun and we played some great music.

A special thanks to our tutors Julius Hoffstetter, James Harvey, Claire Axman, Rex Carter and of course our Band Director Ben van Kleef.

We played through several favorite songs such as Washington Post, Oom Pah Pah, Procession of the Sardar, as well as a few movie themes and some of our Australian set. All in all  we sight-read through around 12-15 pieces, some with more laughter than skill, but by the end of the day they were all sounding pretty good.

The day was broken into sectional rehearsals, where tutors focused on the trickier parts of some of the pieces (though in general for the day everyone’s sight reading was very good!), and group sections with the full band.

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The band sounded great. Especially our afternoon group rehearsal. Everyone had sorted out the major bugs and the pieces were sounding very solid. It was particularly nice having a really big bass-section, some of the usual rehearsal scores sounded extra special with the extra oomph.

Finally in the afternoon we all changed into our bright colours and black long pants (despite the heat) and headed up to SCU to perform for the Relay for Life event. Unfortunately there were a few clashes with the MC for the event, however the band handled it quite professionally and we didn’t let it ruin our fun!

We all had an excellent day and are looking forward to possible future repetitions.


Some more photos have gone up on our facebook group – if you were there and took any photos then add them to the folder or contact us to send them through to us to share.

 

 

 

Band Enrichment Day (Open to all!)

In some very exciting news Lismore City Concert Band is having a Band Enrichment Day and Charity Concert on Saturday April 2, from 9am-6pm.

The cost is only $18 per participant, and the concert band is providing music scores, tutors, conductors… as well as included morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

The event is being run thanks to a grant provided by the Lismore City Council as well as the venue generously donated by the Northern Rivers Conservatorium.

It will be held during the day at Conservatorium (Crn Keen st and Magellan st, Lismore), but will finish with an afternoon concert at 5pm Southern Cross University, where participants will donate their time to provide entertainment for the Lismore Relay For Life event.

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The invitation is open to players of ALL ages who play concert band instruments: brass, woodwind and percussion. It is an excellent opportunity for players to increase their band skills and endurance, as well as meet fellow musicians from the region. Throughout the day, players will participate in a range of tutti sessions as well as sectionals facilitated by various music tutors.

Participants will need to provide their own transport to the Conservatorium at the start of the day, and to SCU in the afternoon, where they will perform in front of a substantial audience.

As the Relay for Life event is to be held out of doors, should there be wet weather the contingency plan is to hold the performance in the concert room of the Conservatorium.

If you are interested or want some further information please contact us with any questions or to get a schedule of the day and registration form.

The more participants, the better the day will be. This event is a community driven event and we welcome any and all who are interested, so come and join us for what is looking to be a great day!