Wrap up of 2019
By the time we reach the end of the year the Southern Highlands Concert band will have performed six concerts. The commitment and talent shown by all band members, who regularly turn up to Wednesday night rehearsals, undoubtedly shines through in each performance with audiences’ appreciating a wide range of music from the band during the year.
The first concert in May 2019 was ‘Incredible!’ and no the SHCB members were not blowing their own trumpet … well some musicians were, but ‘Incredible’ was the name of the concert which, as the promotional poster stated featured music ‘that’s larger than life’. With well-loved music from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cole Porter, John Williams and Queen, to name just a few, many people in audience could be seen singing along to their personal favorites.
Next came the Family Concert where band members, led by Musical Director Julian Paviour, really had the chance to let their hair down, paint themselves green and dress up as their favourite film characters! The Monsters, Mischief and Mayhem family concert featured talented and enthusiastic students from the Bandemonium school band program and provided everyone with an afternoon of musical activity, fun and entertainment. The music, which was drawn from films, cartoons, rock, the circus and even the classics had been chosen to appeal to both the young and the young at heart and with the amazing Keva Abotomey as the mischievous MC and vocalist the afternoon was a huge success.
In September it was time for the band to step outside and perform in the rotunda in Corbett Gardens, Bowral, as part of Tulip Time. This event, now in its 59th continuous year, is one of Australia’s oldest and best loved floral festivals attracting tens of thousands of visitors over it’s seven day run and the added attraction of the Southern Highlands Concert Band playing on the weekend delighted the huge crowd that gathered round. Performing at these type of events helps to broaden the love of concert band music to those who may not have had access to it before and it’s something the band is always keen to be involved with.
Into November where all music scores had turned toward the United States of America in preparation for the Americana Concert, featuring Noni Hansen and Stephen Wheatley. The programme contained several pieces that would have been in many peoples American top 20 including ‘An American in Paris’, ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story classic, ‘Mambo’. Compositions from Stephen Foster, George Gershwin delighted the audience with the final number being YMCA, a song released in 1978 by the Village People that is still as popular today as it was back then. The arrangement included a stunning trumpet solo by John Corley which brought the concert to a fantastic end. One member of the audience summed up the afternoon by saying “I’m leaving with a smile on my face and a skip in my step!” What more can you ask for? An added bonus of the afternoon was the record breaking raffle which raised hundreds of dollars with money going to the Bush Fire Appeal.
The final event for 2019 will be playing for a Carol concert at Harbison, Burradoo on December 11th.
Next year the SHCB look forward to performing more quality music concerts to members of the Southern Highlands whilst also providing a medium for musicians of all ages to enjoy and develop their musical abilities.
Rehearsals are held at 7:15pm on Wednesday evenings during school terms at the Bowral Memorial Hall, Bendooley Street, Bowral. Visitors always welcome.