THERE have been many difficulties faced by musical groups during the pandemic.
City of Perth Bands have managed to rehearse, with precautions taken and social distancing maintained.
The Concert Band is a group of about 30 players, mostly wind instruments, and we are looking forward to our performance at John Leckie Pavilion at College Park.
We most recently entertained the crowds at the City of Perth event where Matildas superstar Sam Kerr was the first Western Australian woman to be handed the Keys to the City of Perth, an honour not bestowed on anyone for several years.
At this event, the West Coast Fever netball champions were also acknowledged for winning their maiden premiership of the Suncorp Super Netball competition. We provided the supporting musical entertainment at Forrest Place in the city.
The age range of our members is from teenagers to octogenarians, and we have a variety of instruments from piccolo through to double bass.
We recently purchased an excellent baritone saxophone which we are still fundraising for, hence there will be also be a raffle with wonderful prizes to be won at our concert.
We are also preparing for a quiz night in late September to add to our fundraising for this very expensive instrument. We have an excellent player, Emma, who is studying at UWA, playing the baritone saxophone for us at this concert.
We will also be performing under the baton of Connor Siekman, who has recently stepped in due to the Covid-related illness of our resident musical director Dale Pointon. Reuben Christman is a respected trumpet player and also assistant conductor, who is supporting Connor as he conducts his second concert with us in three weeks.
We are very proud to present a blended program of music, hopefully a range that will entertain and suit all tastes. The pieces include Seagate Overture, American Riversongs, A Walk in the Morning Sun, A Longford Legend, On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss and Toccata for Band.
City of Perth Concert Band Annual Family and Friends Concert Sunday July 24, 2.30-4pm
John Leckie Pavilion, Melvista Ave, Nedlands
Tix $20 or $10 conc at https://events.humanitix.com/ffc2022
CAROLYN BENDOTTI is the secretary of the City of Perth Band committee