Sale City Band tropic like it's hot
SALE City Band has returned from its trip to Kiribati.
Former bandmaster Hugh Davies has had a long association with the Pacific nation, after helping to form its first military brass band in 1979.
Mr Davies had intended to send the Sale City Band over to visit for many years, and finally got his wish, with 17 players, aged between nine and 80, heading over.
The band played with the country's police band and Uniting Church band, and performed at the president's residence for independence day celebrations.
Sale City Band president Mike Riley said it was an amazing experience, as many people on the island hadn't heard a brass band play before. "The police band don't often do playouts, so it was a new thing," he said.
"Along the way, we did playouts at three different schools - all of the schools send off a marching group to do the big independence day parade, so I joined in with the bass drum.
''We played at the Australian High Commission for NAIDOC Week, and we also went to a primary school that was funded by Australian aid, so all the dignitaries were there including the High Commissioner."
Mr Riley said a highlight was playing in the main square in Tarawa, attracting a massive lunchtime crowd. "An older fellow in the back stood up, he was very animated and talking in their language," he said. "I was nervous because I usually go around with the tambourine, to see if anyone wants to have a go-fortunately one of the locals said 'don't worry, he's just really, really happy you came all the way from Australia to play for us'."
Having the Sale City Band play with the police band was particularly exciting for Mr Davies, who also has family over there.
"Hugh was absolutely rapt, because ever since he started the band in 1979 he's been wanting someone to go over there to show them what a band can sound like, he's been trying to get a band over there for all that time," Mr Riley said.
"There were no music stands or music folders, they were a revelation, so all of that was left behind for them."
Australia's High Commissioner to Kiribati, Bruce Cowled, said in a letter the visit was highly appreciated by the locals and the Australian community, and Kiribati's deputy police commissioner, Atantaake Eureka, added the local band had learnt a lot from the visit.
Band Seeks Missing Equipment
SALE City Band has dubbed July 1 'International Return Your Stuff to the Band Hall Day'.
The band has had hundreds of members during its 100-plus year history, and bits and pieces of equipment have gone missing.
International Return Your Stuff to the Band Hall Day is a fun reminder and amnesty for this missing equipment, which includes instruments, mouthpieces, lyres, original music, uniforms, mutes and percussion equipment.
People with things lying around, or old instruments and equipment they'd like to donate, are encouraged to drop them into the Sale City Band Hall on Foster St.
President Mike Riley said a new generation of musicians was coming through, and uniforms were especially needed.
"We're looking for people who've got them hidden away in their cupboards to bring them back," he said. "July 1 at 6pm, at the band hall, someone will be here."
It has been a busy time for Sale City Band, as the Sale Brass Academy continues to grow, and the band prepares to return to Kiribati in July.
As well as the Sale Eisteddfod, the band will perform at the Traralgon Eisteddfod in September and annual concert at the Wedge in October, Last Night at the Proms.
SALE Christmas festival was in full swing on Saturday, with a huge turnout from the people of Sale and surrounds.
Festival goers got into the Yuletide spirit, with a multitude of festive attrnctions including Santa's Workshop, Mrs Claus' Beauty Salon, a jumping castle, face painting, a photo booth and a nativity scene dress up.
Children revelled in riding the Little Toot Train, a miniature train that chuffed through the mall, or one of the zoo animals at the Ponny Pals stall. Those who attended bopped along to Christmas tunes from Sale City Band, Sale College band, Michael Harrington, Grant van Brummelen and Mattt and Lucy Fitzgerald.
Organising committee member Joy Churchill wns pleased with the attendance. "It was a great day, a great succes for our joint effort. We were very happy with the community's response, everybody enjoyed it. The big hits were probably the little train and the Pony Pals," she said.
Gippsland Times advertising manager, Julian McIvor was equally thrilled with the community's response. "There was a lot of fun and excitement in the mall. It's good to have vibrant and enjoyable activities for the community."
"Lots of local community groups got involved with a number of local businesses putting in significant amount of money."
"Local bands performing really added to the atmosphere," he said.
Preparing for Carols in Sale Botanic Gardens
Athel Jones from the Friends of the Central Gippsland Health Service (third from left) with, from left Sale City Band members Narelle Hahn, Tom Cousin, Ray Jago, Hugh DaVIes, Christine Morris and Anthony Hahn with a cheque for almost $900 which was raised at last year's Sale Carols by Candlelight event. The money was used to buy equipment for Central Glppsfand Health Service.
SALE Carols by Candlelight committee is in full swing, organising and planning next month's event.
The committee is aiming to ramp it up a little by highlighting local talent from across the region, staging a mass community choir and providing more entertainment and food stalls.
Sale Carols by Candlelight will raise money for the Friends of Central Gippsland Health Service.
Last year, the event raised almost $900, helping CGHS buy four taxi wheelchairs, two pressure cushions and oxygen concentrators for the palliative care unit.
The committee is seeking singers of all ages and abilities to join n community choir to help lend the carols.
Participation is free and will include rehearals on November 28 and December 5 from7:30pm in the Sale City Band Hall.
The committee would welcome anyone interested in helping organise the event and provide new ideas.
Carols by Candlelight will be held on Tuesday, December 13, in Sale Botanic Garden.
People are invited to take a picnic blanket and their Christmas cheer.
The main event will begin at 7.30pm, with a picnic in the park from 5.30pm and pre entenainment from 6.30pm.
The committee has arranged for Wednesday, December 14, as the alternative night if there is an unfavourable weather forecast, and the Sale Memorial Hall on December 13 if both forecasts are unsuitable.
Football Club Song Recorded
SALE City Football-Netball Club’s song will be finally getting musical accompaniment, thanks to a collaboration between the club, Sale City Band and musician Brett Glover.
Many clubs put their songs to tunes also used by AFL teams, but none existed for the Bulldogs’ song.
The words to the song have been around for years, but never set to music, and committee member Wayne McGregor-Davies said he was inspired after driving past the Sale City Band hall.
“Driving to work, I saw the Sale City Band, and put two and two together with the Sale City Football Club, so I emailed Hugh Davies and put it to him, he came up with the music,” McGregor-Davies said.
Former bandmaster Hugh Davies enthusiastically joined the project, after listening to a recording of the under 16 team singing after winning last year’s premiership.
“You could hardly hear a tune at all,” he said.
“I thought it was a well-known tune they wanted recorded, but it wasn’t.”
Davies put together a traditional brass band arrangement for the song, and he and musical director Caroline Monck then enlisted local musician Brett Glover to help record it.
“It’s a traditional brass band sound, it’s the traditional music of country Victoria, and that’s where footy comes from,” Glover said.
“We decided to record those guys (the band) playing first, then overdub the voices, and I’ll be trying to get a few of the footy players as well.
“Hughie’s done a good job arranging it, it sounds good.”
McGregor-Davies said he was keen to hear the end result.
“We’ll play it after the games when they’re walking off, most of the patrons don’t get to hear the song,” he said.
The band is excited as well, as the project allowed them to collaborate with the community in a new way.
“I can’t wait to hear it, I might have to go to the footy to check it out,” Monck said.
Band Room Dedicated to Ken Garner
The Sale City Band room has been renamed after a musician who has been involved with it for more than 60 years.
At the band's recent annual presentation evening Ken Garner was surprised with the honour, and members of his family attended to share the moment.
Mr Garner has been involved in many aspects of the band from fundraising to building the facility's foundations with his own hands.
He continues to attend rehearsals and play-outs, and shares his wisdom and witty stories with younger members of the music community.
Long-standing band member Leon Salter was also recognised and presented with a life membership.
He began learning cornet in primary school through the junior learning program run by the Sale City Band.
Mr Salter's musical prowess has taken him all around Australia and he recently played in the United Kingdom and France.
A band spokesperson said he was an amazing supporter of community music and the band appreciated his years of commitment.
Other awards presented on the evening included Monique Lawless as 'bandsperson of the year' and Tom Cousin as 'best all rounder', for their commitment and enthusiasm in promoting and running junior development programs to inspire the next generation of brass players.
Junior member Jonty Condron was awarded 'best learner' and Graham Patrick received 'most improved', who after 47 years has revisited his love of music.
Sale City Band in Fed Square
Sale City Band was one of 14 bands from across the state to perform in Federation Square, Melbourne.
An initiative of the Victorian Bands' League in conjunction with the Federation Square Story, is bringing back the days when parks and bandstands had a local band playing for the community.
"BandStand Sunday", held last month, highlighted the events, people and historical stories of community bands in Victoria. In its first year of undertaking, 14 bands from across the state were invited to perform, including local icons, the Sale City Band.
The event was held at Federation Square in front of an audience averaging 350 to 400 people there throughout the day.
Sale City Band represented country Victoria and Sale with pride. Travelling the longest distance and looking the part in red, the band pulled a great crowd of all ages with tunes like Let It Go and The Final Countdown.
Players ranged in age from eight to 87 years, sitting side-by-side musicians with between one and 80 years playing experience.
Brass banding in Victoria is on the rise. More and more youth are taking the opportunity to learn music in community based environments, where lifelong lessons of musicianship and friendship are formed.
The musical opportunities beyond schooling education ensures brass bands and this generation of youth will continue to thrive and inspire through music in the future.
With the festive season beginning, there will be many opportunities to hear Sale City Band's diverse repertoire locally.
Sale City Band takes the stage at the Traralgon Eisteddfod
THE players in red were out in force on Sunday September 13, representing Sale City Band in the 60th Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod, competing with 13 other bands.
Sale City Band players attend this eisteddfod every year to compete against brass bands from across the state as part the Victorian Band's League.
Sale for the first time had two bands perform on the day; the Sale City Training Band and Sale City Band.
Sale City Band placed second in D section in a field of five bands for the second year in a row. The music was challenging but the players rose to the occasion and developed some new skills through the lead up.
Musical director Hugh Davies prepared the band to a high standard, anticipating they would make the Sale community proud.
This year was the first time the Sale City Training Band had attended the Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod, a testament to the growing number of students and families looking to community music education that can continue beyond the years of schooling.
With learners from six years to more than 60 the group is continuing develop and grow. There are places still available for term four for both current music students and beginners of all ages.
Rehearsals have resumed, as the band prepares for its next exciting event.
The Sale City Band along with members of the training band, has been invited to attend the biggest collaboration of brass bands to play in Federation Square. The band will play a set of entertaintainment music to thousands of spectators in the world class performance space on October 18.
The band has urged community members to continue to support the band's fundraising, or to plan a daytrip to support the band.
Members of the Sale City and the Traralgon Bands lead the ANZAC march through Rosedale
Seeking Young and Old to Join the Band
SALE City Band is seeking new members.
After a busy Christmas period, the Sale City Band played at Australia Day services across the Wellington Shire.
Rehearsals are underway for performances in the Sale Music Festival and an historic Anzac Day tribute concert to be held at Wellington Entertainment Centre in April.
Sale's junior brass band members have also dusted off their cases.
The junior band provides a fun andencouraging environment for budding musicians of all ages to learn to play in an ensemble and be part of a team.
An infonnation night will be held on February 17 at 5pm.
Anyone who has considered introducing or extending their child's music education, or would like to learn a brass instrument themseles are invited to attend.
Sale City Band plays at the Holey Plain Gippsland Garden and Heritage Fest. An estimated 2000 people viewed the homestead and grounds on Saturday and Sunday.
Celebrating three decades with band
SALE City Band band master Hugh Davies celebrated 30 years in the role with a special function at Legends, Sale, earlier this month.
Surrounded by friends family and former and current band members Mr Davies was greeted with live music played by several of the band's serving member, and musically inclined friends.
Friends from the Traralgon Band, East Gippsland Band, Croyden Concert Hand. Darebin Band, Sale RSL Pipe Band and Sale City Band were among the more than 70 people who attended.
Mr Davies' sister Faye and her husband Bob Edmonds came from Blackbum in Melboume and his daughter Marita travelled from Port Douglas.
Sale City Band president Mike Riley was master of ceremonies, presenting speeches and a special slide show detailing Mr Davies' musical career which has included military service in the army and air force bands and establishing a police band on the Pacific island Kiribati.
Guest speakers included senior Sale City Band member Ray Jago, Wellington Shire councillor Darren McCubbin and Marita Davies who shared several anecdotes about growing up with a father who enjoyed using a rousing military march as an alarm clock.
Mr Davies was presented with a personalised leather satchel and an arrangement of flowers was presented to his wife, Teaote.
As part of his speech Mr Davies presented certificates of appreciation to Sale City Band members Ken Garner, Ray Jago, Leon Salter, Reg Monck, Jim Wood and Heather Wood in recognition of their dedication to the band.
The night culminated w1th Sale RSL Pipe Band's John Hanlon escorting in the cake while playing the bagpipes.