Welcome to 2015

Following a hectic December of Christmas carols and pageants, we’ve all had our well-earned January break and rehearsals have resumed at Mt Lawley.  The first rehearsal saw many members’ eyes tear up as their instruments emerged from their cases after a long break, like long-lost friends arriving at the airport.  There was much blowing out of dust and untangling of tinsel left over from Christmas jobs.

2015 will almost certainly be a milestone in the history of Perth Concert Band.  We will have regular sponsorship for the first time in about 30 years, opening the door to a new public profile more public performance opportunities.

January also saw a few fearless band members embark on a new endeavour – the formation of a marching drum corps to lead the band at parades and excite audiences at gigs.

What other excitement could be in store for us this year?

Quarry Amphitheatre, Nov 16

Perth Concert Band’s last major event of 2014 will be spectacular.  We’re linking up with Canning City Brass Band to perform at The Quarry Amphitheatre in City Beach, on the evening of Sunday November 16.

Canning City Brass Band, the reigning WA state B grade champion brass band, are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year and have recently wowed the audience at a special concert to mark the milestone.

The concert will start with a set from PCB, followed by a set from CCBB and ending with both bands joining forces on stage for the final numbers.  Hold on to your wine glasses, this is going to be loud.  This is the first time PCB and CCBB have combined, and we’re all anticipating a great night out.

Gates open at 5:30pm and the concert starts at 6:30pm.  Bring a rug and your picnic dinner, and relax on the grass terraces at The Quarry as the weekend fades into Sunday evening and the stars come out.

Tickets will be available on Ticketmaster’s website from Tuesday October 28th.

2014 A-Grade state champions

Perth Concert Band are Western Australia’s champion A-Grade concert band for 2014, as a result of our success at the WA Band Association state championships in Bunbury.  This follows months of detailed work on the extremely challenging A-Grade test piece.  Even the adjudicator commented on the level of difficulty.

We last won the state A-Grade in 2011.  This year we improved on our 2011 efforts by also making a very commendable effort in the contest’s “Entertainment” category.  With ponchos, false moustaches, sombreros, maracas, and trumpeters jumping in unison, we delivered our best high-energy rendition of Tequila!  Even the tuba itself wore a sombrero.  The audience lapped it all up and joined in the cries of “Tequila!”.

The evening was finished with a group celebration at one of Bunbury’s pubs.  Photos can be found on the Gallery page.

A video of our entertainment piece is available on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTmBudWRIl0

 

Some serious progress

Our rehearsal venue has been cleaned out just in time to allow some serious improvement as we prepare for the upcoming WABA State Championships in Bunbury.  Our own-choice pieces are sounding as sharp as knives and even the test piece, the cause of much heated debate, is starting to sound how its composer probably intended.  Some parts are even, according to our esteemed MD, “better than I thought we’d be able to get it”.  Will the band’s combined creativity be enough to pull together an entertainment piece to bring the house down?

New committee

Congratulations and a huge thank-you to all our committee members after last week’s AGM.  It’s great to see a few new faces step up and get involved in the running of the band.  We promise it’s less painful than the running of the bulls…

A new-look committee poses so many exciting questions.  Will the vice president be on time for committee meetings now?  Will the new band sergeant be more effective than the old one?  And where did the old fundraising officer go???  Only time will tell, but it should be fun finding out.

WABA quiz night

Band members are encouraged to come along to the WA Band Association’s quiz night on the evening of Saturday Feb 22nd. This will be a great chance to mix with members from other community bands. Last year’s quiz was a lot of fun and most local bands had one or two tables taking part. We need a crack team of PCB quizzers to do us proud!
Anyone interested in coming along should email Graham.

First rehearsal 2014

Happy new year to everyone who came along to kickstart 2014 at our first rehearsal last night.  It was great to see everyone again after the break.

Welcome back and a huge congratulations to Anne, who we haven’t seen for a while.  And welcome to the three new players – can you believe we’ll have two bass clarinets now???

Thanks to Transperth poster-boy Paul for conducting.