Welcome to the Campbelltown City Band –
D-Grade Championship Band for 2016
Musical Director: Mike Ward (until February 2017)
Campbelltown City Band exists to provide quality musical entertainment to the City of Campbelltown and to provide musical development opportunities for our band members.
We’re situated in the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide – historically a corridor of long-standing and successful brass bands. The band room is situated in the Memorial Oval Hall, corner of Darley Road and Lower North East Road, Campbelltown. (This building is due for demolition in early 2017 so the band will move to the Campbelltown Function Centre, Montecute Road in February)
Our membership today is drawn from a wide cross-section of the Adelaide community, from the young to the "not-so-young". Rehearsals are attracting solid numbers.
A key factor to our success is that we are both ‘friendly and enjoyable’ and that we strive to ensure that all are encouraged in their musical endeavours.
Campbelltown City Band enjoys a high level of support from the Campbelltown City Council primarily for the training opportunities it provides for the community.
Rehearsals are every Wednesday night 7.30 PM to 9.30 PM and everyone is welcome to attend.
(Sorry it's been quite a while since I have updated these pages but life got in the way of recreation)
Mike Ward leaves:
Campbelltown City Band was sadened to hear that Mike Ward has resigned as MD effective from February 2017.
We will miss Mike as he has put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into the band, particularly preparing us for the recent SABA Band Championships. Therein lies the problem in that Mike is retired from full time work and has not had time to relax and enjoy that retirement.
Not only do we lose a great MD but we also lose a great sausage sizzler and onion chopper. Both he and Lois will be surely missed.
Annual Concert on Sunday June 19th 2016 from 2:30pm
Contact Kaylene for tickets. Looking like a fun afternoon.
Opening of WWI Memorial 14th November 2015
Campbelltown City Band played for an hour to entertain the arriving guests to the opening of the refurbished WWI Memorial at Paradise. We not only played "The Great Escape" but true to form, managed to do so before the speeches began.
Remembrance Day Service 11th November 2015
Campbelltown City Band (those who could get time off to attend) played for the Remembrance Day Service at the Payneham RSL Cross of Sacrifice. The Last Post was played by Tracy Venning (on cornet). Really good to see a band rotunda being used as intended.
Moonlight Markets at Thorndon Park 6th November 2015
Campbelltown contributed to the entertainment at the Moonlight Markets sponsored by the City of Campbelltown. The food stalls were located adjacent to the band rotunda and quite a crowd gathered while waiting to be served or just sitting eating. It was good to again be playing entertaining music to a responsive audience and we felt the band had made a valuable contribution to the success of the first of four markets.
Barossa Band Festival 24th October 2015
Campbelltown participated in the Barossa Band Festival but were disapointed to find out our slot was not until 9:30pm. By the time we had played our 25 minutes and packed up it took some members 2 hours to get home. A rather late night for some. But the music we played was certainly entertaining and had the crowd clapping along and wanting more. Yes, a crowd! This was a unique experience to be playing to a large and responsive audience. Must have something to do with the Barossa Valley and BYO. But we did play well in the large tin shed of the Tanunda Show Hall and we did enjoy the evening.
Combined Concert with Mitcham City Band 20th September 2015
It was advertised as "A Tale of Two Cities". Mitcham City Band and Campbelltown City Band with each playing for around 40 mins then both bands joining forces fora few musical items. Mike Ward (Campbelltown) took the combined bands for two then Steve Packer (Mitcham) took everyone for two more pieces. A lot of brass but the sound was very controlled and not loud by any means.
South Australian Band Association Competitions 30th August 2015
Campbelltown competed in the D-Grade section of this competition and came a credible 2nd. Better than coming last I'm told!
The compulsory Street March had caused the band much worry as we did not have any low brass beyound Baritones. The Adjudicator's comment was a little pointed "You seem a little top heavy, can't hear the basses". Very observant he was!
But for a community band with emphasis on teaching and learning we did really well in the stage music and came away quite pleased with our performance.
Strathalbyn Bands Festival 2nd August 2015
Campbelltown was first band on stage after the lunch break and set a cracking pace with the march Star Lake
More details on the News Page
More photos on the PHOTOS pages.
Annual Concert "Seasonal Moments" 28th June 2015
Our annual concert was held on Sunday 28th June 2015 with music selected appropriate to the theme of weather. A good crowd of family and friends enjoyed well played brass band renditions of Over the Rainbow, Winter, Colours of the Wind, Thunder and Lightning Polka, The Thunderer March, Singing in the Rain and many others. During a break Afternoon Tea was provided by a team of helpers out in the kitchen. A big thankyou to soloists Geoff Snelling (tenor horn), Siam Zimmer (vocal), Steve Packer & Peter Dunlop (euphonium solo and duet), and Naomi Anderson (cornet). A small selection of photos on the day appear in the PHOTOS page.
More photos on the PHOTOS pages.
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