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105 Years of Brass Bands in Whyalla!



"A Weekend of Celebrations"




28th of February, 2017




 This year Whyalla - South Australia, will be celebrating 105 years of continuous,

 organised brass (and concert) banding in our city!
 


 Last year we sought to ascertain interest in brass and concert bands who would like to be

 a part of the celebrations by attending the occasion to be held over the 21st and 22nd of

 October, this year 2017. A preliminary program of events will look something like this;

 
  • Early bird "Meat & Greet" (Free) BBQ, at picturesque Ada Ryan Gardens on Friday evening, the 20th of 
        October, 2017.
  • Main Street "Grande Parade" of participating Concert and Brass bands from around the state and some 
        of our visiting band friends from interstate.
  • Roving concert and brass band ensembles (by volunteering bands), throughout the major shopping centre
        and foreshore areas.
  • Mass bands concert at the modern and luxurious "Middleback Arts Centre" concert hall.


 Accommodation is available in the form of;



  • Modern, safe, air conditioned and secure rooms attached to the University of S.A. (Includes access to TV room and kitchen), at $50.00 per night, or $100 for up to seven nights.
  • Seaside "cottage camp" style dormitory accommodation with kitchen facilities, and BBQ area at the
        historic light house cottages. Boasting walking trails and one of the best beaches in South Australia,

        (Stony Point)!
  • Modern motel style accommodation, including continental breakfast (cooked breakfast extra), at $90.00.
  • Caravan camping sites (un-powered), from $20.00 per night.
  • Caravan (powered sites), $25.00 per night at the picturesque Whyalla Caravan Park, (TOP Park). If you
        prefer a cabin, 25% off total cabin rates!


 Information will be at hand on local tourist attractions, tours and areas of interest.


 
 This is very much a show case of brass and concert band talent, skill, comradeship and

 most of all fun! This is an experience that locals, visitors and others in the mid North

 of South Australia will not have witnessed for decades, and an example of the excitement

 which accompanies the brass band experience!

 
 In order to secure accommodation and venues, we need your individual and/or band

 commitment to the weekend now. Please make this occasion our opportunity to showcase

 brass and concert banding to the northern part of our great state. We will also be

 welcoming our fellow banding friends from interstate and are eager to make them feel at

 home.

 
 Please confirm your individual interest, and if you are not participating in a visiting band,

 whether you play an instrument and are willing to be part of the combined band.

 If you are a Band Secretary (or administrator), please confirm your bands attendance,

 what sort of accommodation you will be seeking and estimated band numbers. We must

 confirm attendance now by
the 13th of March, 2017.


 
 For any queries or information, please don't hesitate to contact;


 
 Band Secretary, Mr Reg Warnes on;  0401 - 991 - 090

 
  
 

 You can register your attendance and interest by clicking the icon below:





 Thank you so much for your time and the opportunity to invite you our valued colleagues

 to such a special occasion to us!


 
 We look forward to meeting up with you.




 



Band Mid-Year News and Report



  22nd of July, 2016



  Whyalla Community Brass has seen a busy past financial year, with around 45 performances or

  appearances being undertaken. The busiest time of year is always typically December, when the

  bands caroling season and fundraising program takes place.

   PICTURE: Whyalla Community Brass involved at "Whyalla Carols in the Park" 2015. The band provided some pre-show entertainment.

 

  Expenditure and funding of the band cost nearly $9,000 last financial year.  On the back of local job losses

  and local financial pressures, the band noted that the 2015 Christmas fundraising campaign realised a

  decrease of income at approximately 5 - 6%. The expenditure amount included a large capital investment (or

  much needed major capital purchasing program), which included the acquisition of a locally built specialised

  trailer.  The trailer is a secure, weatherproof enclosed structure enabling instruments and other equipment to

  be loaded and transported safely and securely. This is of particular importance given that many members of

  the band are elderly or are challenged by physical disabilities.

 

  The band has been able to manage and

  finance its operations in a modern, up to

  date manner, reducing overall costs to

  its operations and the community. Other

  than the normal fundraising participation

  of members and friends of the band, we

  are able to utilise a cache of privately

  loaned brass instruments and a private

  music library. This has ensured a

  supply of instruments and music at

  near zero cost to the band. 

PICTURE: Malcolm Turnbull, one of many politicians visiting Whyalla to discuss the future of Arrium. Job

 losses are already creating financial impacts on the city, not for profit groups & local business.

 

 Private music rooms also donated for use by the band has ensured a safe weather proof rehearsal area for

 members. For larger accommodations, the Anglican Church of Whyalla has further assisted to provide

 facilities at a low cost.

  Further efficiency is

  achieved through the

  “General Sponsorship”

  program which realises a

  working relationship

  between private enterprise

  and individuals through

  sponsorship donations.

 

  Where ever possible,

  Whyalla Community Brass

  makes purchases locally,

  and this past financial year

  has seen thousands of

 

  dollars returned to our local community businesses and industries, including Bedford Phoenix industries.


  The past year has also

  seen the membership of

  the South Australian Band

  Association. This is the

  peak body for brass and 

  concert bands in South

  Australia.


  The realisation of ethics

  and standards in brass       

  banding is important, as is  

  the need to keep in step 

  with changes in banding,

  governance and the greater

  brass banding world.

           PICTURE: Band Members Dean & Cheryl Stewart featuring in a Stratco Whyalla promotion.


  Whyalla can now exercise voting and make submissions regarding this state body and the decision

  making processes. The “S.A.B.A.” has great human and other resources within this area of the arts, and is

  invaluable to operating effectively within the community. The band is also experimenting with a concert

  ensemble concept, aimed at including instruments such as saxophone and clarinet.


  There were two

  significant events which

  had both an effect on our

  band, the community and

  extended community over

  this past year.


  We celebrated the

  contribution of Mr JimTerry

  to brass banding, and the

  then Whyalla Youth

  Orchestra which included

  the establishment of the

  annual “Jim Terry Brass

  Band Award”. 

                                               PICTURE: Band Sec. Reg Warnes & Anglican Minister Ali Wurm at the Annual Church Parade/Jim Terry Band Awards.

 

  The other event was the passing of former mayor Jim Pollock, whom had graciously filled the role of Patron

  for the band. Jim Pollock, a long term Whyalla “warrior” and leader.


 

 PICTURE: Whyalla Community Brass performing at the Mt Laura Homestead Museum.


  Whyalla Community Brass looks forward to 2017 with all its challenges for the band and our city with

  optimism and even celebration, as we commemorate 105 years of continuous brass banding in our great city!

  Next year will be a year of consolidation as we continue founding and laying the foundations of the new band.

  We continue to thank members of our community and look forward to working with them next year.






 


 

MAIN PHOTO: Son of the late Jim Terry and former bandmaster Stewart Terry with wife and musician Janette Terry stand with the inaugural recipient of the Jim Terry Memorial Brass Band Award, Mr Raymond Powell.

 


Annual Brass Band Award



Presented.



 16th of November, 2015


Whyalla Community Brass band has announced that the winner of this

years inaugural “Jim Terry Memorial Brass Band Award” has been

presented to band veteran - Mr Raymond Powell.

 

The Jim Terry Memorial Brass Band Award has had its inaugural presentation held on Sunday, at St

Martin’s Anglican Church. The award - named after James (Jim) Terry, recalls the contribution of former

Royal Marines Bandsman Mr Jim Terry, to the past Whyalla Citizens Band and Whyalla Salvation Army

Band (Citadel Band), including his service to the then “Whyalla Youth Orchestra”.

 

The award was presented to band veteran Mr Raymond Powell, also a serving member of Whyalla

Community Brass band. Mr Powell, a senior citizen of 94 years of age, continues active involvement with

Whyalla Community Brass band. Despite having had both hips replaced and battling ongoing ailments, Mr

Powell has shown that disability is not necessarily a barrier to volunteering or serving the community.

Ray’s past service with brass banding in the United Kingdom included playing with the Salvation Army

band there, continuing service here in Whyalla through both the Whyalla Citizens Band, and Whyalla

Citadel Band until it was disbanded in 2011. Ray has served with the band’s Executive Committee and has

also been actively involved with other local community groups including the Whyalla Buff Lodge and the

Meals on Wheels organisation.

 

The award comprised a trophy, $200.00,

(generously donated by Beyond Bank Whyalla), a

$100.00 gift voucher for Size Music in Adelaide and

a $50.00 Westland Shopping Centre Gift Voucher,

courtesy of Westland Shopping Centre. The

successful nominee is one who has achieved

outstanding service or excellence associated with

brass instrument performance, or banding in

Whyalla and surrounding district.


PHOTO RIGHT: Migelle Hiscock, Whyalla City Council Group Manager - Community, presents Ray Powell with the personal trophy'


“Anyone young or elderly can be nominated in and around the Whyalla area, either from any of the

schools, colleges, groups or associated bands and we are encouraging young people and schools to be

involved in the music encouragement award” said Phillip Babidge, the Whyalla Community Brass band

Music Director. Nominees meeting the criteria are then assessed by the Whyalla Community Brass Bands

“Executive Committee”, prominent Whyalla community identities, and representatives from the Terry

family.

 

Mr Stewart Terry son of the late Jim, wife and musician Janette Terry, (now of Adelaide) and the extended

family, have been extensively involved in the founding of the award by Whyalla Community Brass. Mr

Stewart Terry has also made his mark on brass banding in Whyalla, having been a previous bandmaster

with the Salvation Army Whyalla brass band some years ago.

 

The Terry family has commented that; “Music and in particular – banding, has always been a big part of

Jim’s life”. The family indicated that Jim Terry learned to play an instrument as a young person through

The Salvation Army Junior Band in Newcastle, U.K. Then, in 1940 (at only 17 years of age), Jim joined the

Royal Marines Band. Following the war, Jim Terry continued his love of banding through The Salvation

Army. In 1966 he and his family immigrated to Australia, where Jim took up the leadership of the Whyalla

Citizen’s Band.

 

Over the next five years, and under Jim Terry’s leadership, the Whyalla Citizen’s Band were involved in

many competitions. Of great achievement was Whyalla Citizen’s Band’s elevation from “D Grade”

registration through to “B Grade”, only just missing out being elevated to “A Grade” status in the 5th year!

During 1972 Jim regretfully concluded his Bandmaster role with the Citizens Band and took up the Deputy

Bandmaster position with the Whyalla Salvation Army Band - becoming Bandmaster in 1975. Jim also

conducted the Whyalla Youth Orchestra at the same time.

 

Jim Terry’s prior experience with the Royal Marines and brass bands in general, ensured a high standard

of leadership along with an outstanding working knowledge and mastery of brass band music. In 1982 Jim

and his wife Lil, moved to Adelaide.  His love of banding continued over the following years, playing with

the Seacombe Gardens and Norwood Salvation Army bands - until he passed away in 1993. Mr Babidge

commented that “Whyalla Community Brass takes great pleasure in celebrating and remembering Jim’s

outstanding contribution to brass banding in Whyalla. We are proud to commission this award”.



 



“The Jim Terry Memorial Brass Band


Award”- To be established.



26th of May, 2015

  PICTURE: (Supplied by the Terry family). Jim Terry receives the band "baton" from former Salvation Army Bandmaster Bevan McDonald.



Editor

 

Following much research, discussion with family members and band endorsement, this local award plans to have its

inaugural presentation, later this year. The award - named after James (Jim) Terry, recalls the contribution of former Royal

Marines Bandsman Mr Jim Terry, to both Whyalla Citizens Band and later the Whyalla Salvation Army Band, (Citadel Band).

 

The award will comprise a trophy, and $100.00 to the successful nominee who has achieved outstanding service or

excellence, associated with brass instrument performance, or banding in Whyalla and surrounding district. Anyone can be

nominated in and around the Whyalla area, either from any of the schools, groups or associated bands, Phillip Babidge, the

present Music Director said. Both the young and older veteran’s can be nominated by the community. Nominees meeting

the criteria are then assessed by the Whyalla Community Brass Bands “Executive Committee”, prominent Whyalla

community identities, and representatives from the Terry family.

 

Mr Stewart Terry, son of the late Jim, has been very involved in the founding of the award by Whyalla Community Brass.

Stewart has also made his mark on brass banding in Whyalla, taking over The Salvation Army Whyalla Band leadership at a

later stage.

 

The Stewart family has commented that; “Music and in particular – banding, has always been a big part of Jim’s life”. The

family indicated that Jim Terry learned to play an instrument as a young person through The Salvation Army Junior Band in

Newcastle, U.K. Then, in 1940 (at only 17 years of age), Jim joined the Royal Marines Band. Following the war, Jim Terry

continued his love of banding through The Salvation Army. In 1966 he and his family emigrated to Australia, where Jim took

up the leadership of the Whyalla Citizen’s Band.

 

Over the next five years, and under Jim Terry’s leadership, the Whyalla

Citizen’s Band were involved in many competitions. Of great achievement

was Whyalla Citizen’s Band’s elevation from “D Grade” registration through to

“B Grade”, only just missing out being elevated to “A Grade” status in the 5th

year! During 1972 Jim regretfully concluded his Bandmaster role with the

Citizens Band and took up the Deputy Bandmaster position with the Whyalla

Salvation Army Band - becoming Bandmaster in 1975. The Whyalla Salvation

Army Band was one of the largest Salvation Army bands in its Australian

Southern Territory, at the time. Jim also conducted the Whyalla Youth

Orchestra at the same time.

 

The author of this article can personally attest to the high standard of

leadership with regards to Jim, along with his outstanding working knowledge

and mastery of brass band music. In 1982 Jim and his wife Lil, moved to

Adelaide.  His love of banding continued over the following years, playing with

the Seacombe Gardens and Norwood Salvation Army bands - until his

passing in 1993. Whyalla Community Brass takes great pleasure in

celebrating and remembering Jim’s outstanding contribution to brass banding

in Whyalla. We are proud to commission this award.

                                                                                                                                                       PICTURE: (Supplied by Dean Stewart).

                                                                                                                                                       Jim Terry in the Whyalla Citizens Band.

 

 



Whyalla Concert Band from Hummock Hill Brass Band of 1912,
 

to Whyalla Concert Band in 2013…. And beyond!!



16th of February, 2015


What really did happen in 1938?



The Mc Bryde Terrace “Band Hall” was donated by the Broken Hill Pty Ltd in 1938. “The Company” maintained

the premises, which also doubled as the companies “Pay Office”. Thus Whyalla Citizens Band became known

what it is today. Mr Stewart, a life member with Whyalla Citizens Band, (now with its “offshoot” Whyalla

Community Brass), recalls the days of this use. “There even used to be a security man standing next to the

stalls holding a rifle
” Mr Stewart said.


One of the most memorable performances of the

newly instituted “Whyalla Citizens Band”, was on

the visit of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to

Whyalla, in 1954. Following the Queens visit the

Whyalla community rallied to show support for our

towns band. The public, local business and the

Broken Hill Pty Ltd donated 3,600 pounds to the

band as a gift, ($7,200). This was a huge boost and

went to the purchase of much needed new

instruments.



READ THE WHYALLA COMMUNITY BRASS ACCOUNT OF WHYALLA'S TOWN BAND!                 Click here


 

2014 Carol Season Commences


21st of November, 2014

 

Well here we are the end of our first year and approaching into the caroling season. We are performing at One Stop Foodland, Westland’s Woolworths car park, through the streets and some parks of the city, at the Apex Christmas Pageant, and Whyalla City Plaza Traders. Band members are also going to be performing at the Iron Knob carols on the first of December 2014 as well.

We have over 20 performances from the 29th of November through to the 24th December, where we will conclude with a carol performance at the Rotary Park Rotunda, Whyalla foreshore! The band would like to thank our supporters and MOST importantly our SPONSORS, One Stop Foodland, Flinders Avenue Whyalla, Mr. Eddie Hughes MP, and Whyalla City Council for their support, we would not have been here now without you, thank you all.  Do say hello to us when you hear or see us perform. Merry Christmas to you all from WHYALLA COMMUNITY BRASS!

 

Reg Warnes

BAND SECRETARY


 


 Mr Eddie Hughes MP, receives his official Sponsorship Certificate from the

band.


1st of October, 2014


 PICTURED: Band members (in summer uniform), are left - Band Secretary, Reg Warnes and Acting Deputy Music Director - Dean Stewart on the right. Mr Eddie Hughes MP, is between the band members.


The official presentation of the Sponsorship Certificate to Mr Eddie Hughes MP, our generous supporter and sponsor.

Without sponsors like Mr Hughes and One Stop Foodland - Whyalla, our volunteers couldn’t provide the services that they

do in Whyalla & district!


 


 One Stop Foodland receive sponsorship certificate


11th of September, 2014


PHOTO: Used with the kind permission of the "Whyalla News". 

 


 


 

Tanderra Craft Village Performance

 

30th of August, 2014


 


Whyalla Community Brass attended Tanderra Craft Village today, delivering over an hour of music to village goers. The

footy finals related weekend meant that numbers were down, but the band played to an appreciative audience, many taking

time out to personally convey positive feedback to band members.




The weather could not have been better with almost clear

skies, a pleasant breeze (carrying the smell of incense from

various stalls) and a mild to warm temperature of about 24

degrees! The band has further bookings at Tanderra Craft

Village for this year, and looks forward to attending these

further events.




 

 

Band donated new "A Frame Sign"


- by Option A Signs.

 

28th of August, 2014

 

A South Australian sign company based in Adelaide who

undertakes major signage projects throughout the state,

(including some undertaken in Whyalla), has offered

Whyalla Community Brass a brand new “A frame sign".


Option A Signs, instrumental in major signage projects

undertaken in Whyalla - including signage at the newly

constructed Whyalla Hospital wings, has shown support

for Whyalla Community Brass, kindly donating the sign.

Apart from Whyalla Community Brass's distinctive

uniforms, the sign will identify the band at its

performances, along with the names of our sponsors.





Whyalla Community Brass is extremely grateful of this

offer and the additional art work which will accompany the

sign. "Option A" signs - another great South Australian,

giving back to the Whyalla community, supporting its

volunteers and our community groups!





ABOVE:
"Option A Signs"; Staff working earlier in the year with signage
to the
new additions at Whyalla Hospital.

 Booking the band for your event.


6th of September, 2014


Whyalla Community Brass can be booked to perform at

fetes, churches, Christmas events, civic events, special

occasions, (including at funerals). Circumstances

permitting, the earlier the booking - the less likely of an

event clash, or an inability to attend. This is especially the

case at Christmas.


Bookings should be placed with the bands Business

Manager, or "Band Secretary", and should be sent in

writing, or preferably by email at;

administration@whyallacommunitybrass.org


To apply for a booking, you can also make use of the

"contact form" found on the last page of this site. Click on

the link here to be taken to this form;

CONTACT FORM


Confirmed bookings are placed on the "Scheduled Events

Calender" found here;

SCHEDULED EVENTS CALENDER



 

 


 

Copperhouse Courts’ “High Tea”;


Sandwiches, Cake, Pastries & Whyalla Community Brass!



27th of August, 2014
                                                                                                                                         


Wednesday the 27th of August saw Whyalla Community Brass playing at the elderly citizens accommodation centre -

"Copperhouse Court" on Flinders Avenue, Whyalla. The “High Tea” is held for residents occasionally, and was enjoyed

at the residential facility by some 60 or so people, (including staff and visitors). Whyalla Community Brass performed for the

residents over about an hour, playing such favourites as “How Great Thou Art”, “Santa Lucia”, Music from Beethoven’s final

symphony - number 9 (“Ode to Joy”), as well as “Trumpet Voluntary”, (remembered from Prince Charles and the late

Princess Diana’s Wedding). Residents often joined in with singing to the favourites and moving to the "upbeat"

presentations.

 

Our principle lead Trumpet player Dean Stewart, also played favourite oldies like

“Old Man River”, and “Mull of Kintyre”, (accompanied by the percussion section

of the band). The band finished with a couple of requests. These included

“When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Amazing Grace”. The band looks

forward to assisting with a carols performance later in the year at the Aged

Care homes. The band enjoys working with the elderly residents and remains

committed to a desire in being a part of the entertainment programs - as they

are scheduled.


A link to the Whyalla News article entitled "And the band played on (To read the article, click on the name of the article).





 

 


 

WHYALLA COMMUNITY BRASS ASSISTS SALVO STORES WITH FIRST


COMPONENT OF “TOUR de SALVOS”


16th of August, 2014


 

Wednesday the 13th of August saw Whyalla Community Brass perform outdoors in front of the Salvo Stores shop front on

McDouall Stuart Avenue, Whyalla. A volunteer working at the store - also in the band, suggested the store enlist the band

as part of the days fundraising efforts. As such, Whyalla Community Brass was engaged to perform on the day.


Despite initial problems, being a player down, with another requiring travel to Adelaide the following day for cardiac surgery,

the band played for over an hour. Tunes included the upbeat, “Song of the Highway”, “Amazing Grace”, “The Old Rugged

Cross
” and “Rule Britannia”. Children were seen jumping and dancing to the band music, fascinated by the Bass Drum and

different instruments. Adults joined in as well, singing to some of the tunes. Our solo Trumpet player, Dean Stewart

performed his own renditions of “Mull of Kintyre” (accompanied by the percussionists), “Now the Carnival is over” and

another popular Italian cultural love song.


The band was happy to hear that following the event, members of the public had commented that money had also been

donated in appreciation of the bands efforts. Positive feedback was received from the community who had enjoyed the

“upbeat” camaraderie of the band and its music. Whyalla Community Brass is proud to have supported Salvo Stores in its

fundraising effort which ultimately, goes to providing much needed funds for a large truck trailer - needed to carry goods

into the north of the state and APY lands.
Whyalla Community Brass has been informed that approximately $350.00 was

raised as a result of the fundraising activities on the day!



Once again, the band is able to

continue this community work with the

help of its generous sponsors, One

Stop Foodland
and Eddie Hughes MP,

who make these efforts possible.This

has been the third event at which the

band has performed this year, the first

being an historic outdoor“play-out” in

the picturesque “Jessop-White Park”,

(near the home of the first town band,

the Whyalla Citizens Band). The band

then - all but a few months later, proceeded to accompany music for the Whyalla Sub Branch of the R.S.L. ANZAC service.

A busy time lays ahead for the band still, with over ten more events scheduled before the year is out.



 

 


CLOSER BAND RELATIONSHIP IN THE “PIPELINE”


20th of June, 2014


 


Whyalla Community Brass and the City of Whyalla Pipe Band are in the early stages of co-operative meetings to investigate

the possibilities of joint events and concerts. This will be in addition to both the bands normal performance schedules.

Recently, Whyalla Community Brass members were invited to a City of Whyalla Pipe Band rehearsal.

 

Whyalla Community Brass had established an “inter-music group liaison committee” to explore the possibility of some

combined local performances - or concerts. Brass and the pipes have often been seen performing at the Edinburgh Tattoo

and in co-operation with orchestras such as Andrea Rieu’s popular shows.


The combination of both bands performing together, raise

exciting and entertaining possibilities.  The challenges will

include practices and planning, which will fit in with both

bands performance schedules and the commitments of the

respective individual musicians.

 

Both bands incorporate classical, cultural and traditional

aspects of music performance, and have much in common.

This includes members involved in both bands, and others

with past pipe band experience within Whyalla Community


Brass. A combined concert or performance may be some time off, (even next year), but closer co-operation and

communication can only be a positive for our traditional and local bands.



 


BRASS BAND VETERAN DONATES SNARE DRUM 

26th of May, 2014

 


Whyalla Community Brass had three reasons to celebrate at our last band rehearsal. Banding veteran Mr Ray Powell is to

turn 92 today, the band has a new percussion section member, and Ray has kindly donated a snare drum to the band.

 

Ray Powell, banding veteran of almost 82 years, born in Gloucester, United Kingdom, first joined the Whyalla Citizens Band

in around 1974. Work commitments meant that he was unable to attend all the bands rehearsals, and much later Ray joined

the local Salvation Army band - before it was disbanded.


PICTURE: Brass banding veteran Ray Powell hands the drum sticks to new percussion section member, Kevin Burke (left).



Ray is the bands second cornet section player.

Gilbert, Ray’s son of Kadina, has been

attending rehearsals with his father

for the last two weeks, playing Baritone. The

Pearl snare drum, of high quality steel, chrome

plated, is a welcome addition to the percussion

section. The snare drum was given its maiden

play-out this rehearsal (just past), by the

bands new sectional percussionist Kevin

Burke.


Kevin is a seasoned and talented

percussionist. Kevin first started out with the

Caledonian Pipe Band, has also been involved

with The Salvation Army, and has recently

joined Whyalla Community Brass.

 

Whyalla Community Brass commends Ray on his service to brass banding over many years, along with his contribution of

the snare drum, and we also welcome Kevin to our band. A "Whyalla News" article on Ray's brass banding history (and

community service), can be found here:  "Ray's heart beats for music"


 

 

WHYALLA CHRISTIAN BRASS - NAME CHANGE TO "WHYALLA

COMMUNITY BRASS"


12th of May, 2014



Whyalla Christian Brass is soon to be re-named as “Whyalla Community Brass”. Following a period of consultation and

establishment it has been decided that the name change would better reflect the unity of groups coming together, whilst

also reflecting the community orientated work of the band.


Whilst the name change is significant, the bands “Mission Statement” remains unchanged – save for the inclusion

of our new name. The name change forms part of the bands structuring in readiness for the possibility of Incorporation - in

the near future. A standard summer and winter uniform has also now been established, (after months of research and

discussion). It will take a short period of time for signage, badges and posters to be changed over to reflect the changes, but

planning and alterations are already underway.

 

Administrative and musical structuring is also underway. The band is advertising vacancies for much needed portfolios such

as Alto/Tenor Horn players, Bass/Tuba players and those who can play Baritone. The band welcomes all players however,

and will always find a place for dedicated new players. There may be a few teething problems with the web address during

the change over period but hopefully, they will be ironed out in the near future.

 

 


ANZAC DAY WHYALLA 2014, DRAWS LARGE CROWD - HUNDREDS ATTEND


DAWN SERVICE. ALSO A SUCCESSFUL DAY FOR THE BAND:


30th of April, 2014

 


Whyalla Christian Brass members , like others, had an early start Friday morning in readiness for the Whyalla Dawn

Service. On arrival at the Memorial Oval gates of remembrance, (all but half an hour prior to the service), band members

were met with a large crowd. Amongst the crowd were groups of workers - in work safety gear. They had obviously

dedicated this part of the working day to attend the service. It was evident - early on in the day, that there was going to be a

large turn out to the event. The Whyalla R.S.L. service progressed without a hitch, evidence of the R.S.L. Sub Branches

intense prior planning and effort.

 

Whyalla Christian Brass, provided music accompaniment for the Dawn Service, with pre-service music followed by the

hymn, "Abide With Me". Dean Stewart, (the bands Lead Trumpeter), played the Last Post during the service. The band

concluded by playing the National Anthem. Following the service, some of the band members enjoyed a hearty breakfast -

back at the R.S.L. Sub Branch building, before resting to re-attend the morning and main service.


The morning service was greeted with warm

sunshine and a light breeze. The crowd,

(including a number of children), the elderly,

young, infirmed, and those of all working ages,

lined the streets. Many began lining the streets

near the R.S.L. building to watch the ANZAC

parade make its way to the Memorial Oval

gates of remembrance.


The parade, led by the official party, were

followed up by the City of Whyalla Pipe Band.

The pipe band stirred both the marchers and     

                              PICTURE: The Band sets up early for the main service.

bystanders, whom were obviously taken in by the procession. As the parade was under way, Whyalla Christian Brass struck

up various hymns consistent with the occasion, (and solemn events), known throughout previous conflicts and

remembrance services.

 

Again Mr Dean Stewart, the bands Leading Trumpeter, performed the Last Post, and joined the band "hastily" following his

involvement with the pipe band procession, (after playing the drum), an essential component of the parade music. Dean is

both a member of the Whyalla Christian Brass and the City of Whyalla Pipe Band. We commend Dean on his dedication,

hard work and diligence in service.


Overall, the band performed well. A few minor

difficulties were experienced, but are already

addressed. Not surprising really, some of us

had not accompanied ANZAC services here

for over 15 years! Band members were

contacted from various independent sources

following the service about the bands

involvement. These included contacts from

Austria, whom both knew Whyalla, and an

individual in the band. News travels fast!


                                                                                                  PHOTO: Waiting on the official party leading the parade - main service.


Local citizens also called band officials - following the service.  The band is grateful to Seventh Day Adventist cornet player,

Dean Hiscock, who assisted the band whilst Dean Stewart was occupied with the ANZAC Day parade. Whyalla Christian

Brass is both honoured and privileged, to provide and assist the musical accompaniment to the Whyalla Sub Branch of the

R.S.L., in its ANZAC Day Services. Compliments by the public, were received by independent sources on both the

participation in the service, and the bands turn out, (uniform). The bands leaders re-iterate that its on going work is

dependent on community support. The band is always seeking players, and appeals to brass musicians to give playing in

the band a go. More pictures of the band on ANZAC Day 2014, can be found on our photo gallery page, (CLICK HERE). A

Whyalla News photo of the band on ANZAC Day can be found here, (CLICK HERE). A Whyalla Christian Brass video of the

National Anthem at the main service, can be found on "youtube" here, (CLICK HERE).

 


 

 




ANZAC DRESS REHEARSAL -

LIGHTS AND NEW WINTER UNIFORM

Sunday 20th of April, 2014.


Today the band finalized rehearsal in readiness for the

Whyalla ANZAC Day Services. We also tried out our new

winter uniforms and rehearsed a "lights out" component in

preparation for the darkness we could experience at the time

of the Dawn Service. It was a new experience working with

battery operated lights, but it all worked well.


Good news of another new player joining the band in May.

We are always looking for new players, and welcome visiting

players from other cities to our rehearsals and events. We

are especially seeking horn and bass players at the moment.



 

 


 



NEW REHEARSAL DAY & TIME:

31st of March, 2014


Whyalla Christian Brass now meets every Sunday

afternoon from 2:00pm until 3:00pm. In readiness for

ANZAC day, an extra half hour has been added to the

hours practice - on a temporary basis. The new time is

better suited to day workers and those who have a busy

weekly schedule.


The times are working well, and it looks like we will be

keeping this new time slot for the time being.


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PREPARATIONS FOR ANZAC DAY:

31st of March, 2014


The band is now full "steam ahead" in preparation for

ANZAC day services here in Whyalla. With a full music

schedule, the band will be rehearsing for an extra half hour

each Sunday in readiness.


There are on-going planning meetings (and discussion),

with the Whyalla R.S.L. Sub Branch. Leading Band

Member, Dean Stewart, will also be undertaking the "bugle

calls" component of the service for the R.S.L. Whyalla

Christian Brass will be assisting both at the Dawn Service

and the later morning service, which are both held at the

Memorial Oval gates.



 



 



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REHEARSAL & TUITION:


Members of Whyalla Community Brass meet at private rehearsal rooms. Rehearsal times are every Sunday afternoon, but

negotiable with participants. We also subscribe to the brass band concept of "deputizing" players. If you are visiting Whyalla,

are from another operating brass band, and have the approval of your own bands Music Director, we would welcome you to

our rehearsal, or even assisting at an event. For enquiries, please contact the Band Secretary - on the email address listed

here. The Band Secretary can be contacted on mobile; 0401 991 090. All welcome. Combined tuition is available for adults

by those experienced in brass music, and having been trained and qualified in adult instruction.


                                                                 administration@whyallacommunitybrass.org

 


SOCIAL INCLUSION STATEMENT:

Whyalla Community Brass has a "Social & Equal Opportunities Policy". Our band includes members who are same sex attracted, settled from overseas, elderly (including over 90 years of age), disabled, and from different religious identities, (Christian, non-Christian etc.); Whyalla Community Brass emphasizes community inclusion and responsibility, and therefore embraces Equal Opportunity initiatives:

We welcome all brass musicians, friends of the band and students - regardless of;

  • Socio-economic background
  • Sexual Identity/Orientation
  • Religious Belief or Denominations
  • Race or Cultural Identity
  • Sex
  • Disability
  • Age


 

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