We’ve had a busy couple of months recently with the East Coast Band Championships and two brass concerts in quick succession, so what’s next?
A well deserved break, perhaps?
Of course not!
For the next couple of months we’ll be gearing up for the NSW State Band Championships. This year we’ll have 3 bands competing across 4 event categories, so it’ll be a busy time for all of our players and musical directors.
We’ll post more details as the date gets closer, and in the meantime the information we know so far is on our events list.
Further out, we’ll be playing at some events in the Southern Highlands, and our end-of-year concerts will be on in October and November.
Over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend both our junior bands competed at the East Coast Band Championships as Open D Grade bands.
The kids all rose to the challenge and played extremely well in both the formal stage of the competition and the afternoon “entertainment” section.
It was a great weekend all round, and the icing on the cake was the Junior Wind Band taking out 1st place in the entertainment section! Their mini-concert of “Music for the Feet” had the audience’s toes tapping and produced smiles throughout the auditorium. They swept the audience along on a journey from the excitement of a stadium concert with Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, to a street march with “On the Mall”. Next it was the elegance of a night at the ballroom with the Shostakovich “Waltz No. 2 for Variety Orchestra”, and finally a street party with “Latin Gold”.
The junior brass kicked off their mini-concert with “Gonna Fly Now” and had the audience swaying along to “Hallelujah”, finishing up with an epic rendition of “Lord of the Rings”.
Fantastic performances all round, and a great result for a group of kids up against open graded adult bands!
Our Junior Brass & Wind Bands are preparing to head to Newcastle for the 2019 East Coast Band Championships, and the next step along the road is a fundraising concert to help with the travel and accommodation for the trip.
The bands will be performing their contest pieces at the Corrimal RSL auditorium at 2pm on Saturday 25 May.
Entry is just $5, and we’d love to have you there to hear what our up-and-coming musicians can do!
Star Wars Day is almost upon us, and to celebrate the incredible music of the film franchise a number of us will be part of a (free!) pop-up orchestra event in Wollongong Mall at 1pm on Saturday May 4.
Illawarra On Pointe Productions is organising the event, and you can find more details on their website.
Whether you love Star Wars, music, or both together, stop by the Crown St Mall Stage on Saturday and enjoy the talent of Wollongong’s musicians.
ANZAC Day 2019 once again demonstrated the dedication and commitment of the Wollongong Brass and Wind Bands with a fantastic turnout at all of our events.
Starting with the Corrimal pre-ANZAC day commemoration, we had just over 30 band members who marched and played hymns. About a third of those were from our Wind Band, who (for the first time!) were invited to participate this year.
The dawn service at Port Kembla saw the band grow to just over 40, and numbers swelled again to 55 for the Windang march and commemorative service.
The Wollongong march capped off the day with the band numbering about 60 players, and producing an epic sound.
Thanks to everyone who participated, and especially to our conductor Leanne and Drum Major Alex for keeping us in line (literally!).
As usual, we will be participating in a number of ANZAC-related events over the next few weeks.
First up, we’ll be marching and playing hymns at the Corrimal RSL pre-commemorative march on 14 April at 1:45pm. The march starts at the RSL and finishes at the ANZAC Memorial grove off Railway St. There will be a commemorative service at the memorial.
On ANZAC Day itself (25 April), we’ll be starting at the 6am dawn service at Port Kembla (corner of Allen St and Military Rd), playing hymns and bugle calls. From there, we move to Windang where we’ll march in the parade at 7:45am and play hymns for the service at Windang Bowling Club.
Finally, we’ll be in Wollongong for the main march at 10am.
We hope to see you all out-and-about supporting ANZAC events around the Illawarra.
Our Junior Wind Band is playing great music and sounding fantastic, but we need more players!
If you are/know/are-related-to someone under 19 who plays a wind instrument (e.g. flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone) or percussion, we’d love to have you/them join our band. We’d also like to start up a beginner band for kids who are new to their instruments.
The Junior Wind Band is a great way for kids who play in school bands to extend their skills and get performance experience. It’s great fun, and we’ve got some exciting events coming up later in the year including a tour to Newcastle, concerts and playouts.