Do you want the good news or the bad news...
The good news is the Shire are re-opening our hall from the 1st of February.
The bad news is you've all got to start practicing again.
Now before you get too excited the committee are going to have a meeting prior to resumption, which, at this moment will be on Friday 12th February. We plan to meet at the hall on the 5th to discuss distancing, cleaning etc. After that meeting I will send another email outlining the requirements of our return to band practice on Friday February 12th.
In the meantime, find your instrument, remove the dust from the outer case, work out how it fits together and start playing, then do some maintenance if required.
Stand-by for further announcements.
The Southern Peninsula Concert Band's AGM was held online this year via Zoom.
20 plus Members attended. Three reports were given: The President's Report (Allan), the Treasurer's Report (Rob) and the Musical Director's Report (Barry). All current committee positions remain the same for next year...
The Band will not commence practice until next February 2021 at the earliest.
Two more screen shots courtesy of Rob. Click on photo to enlarge...
Yesterday I received an email from the Mornington Peninsula Shire informing me that all halls are to remain closed until 30 June 2020. This means there will be no band practice till after this date.
As to when we resume practice the committee will be guided by state and federal announcements.
In the meantime keep up the individual practice and hopefully we'll be back in time to do Christmas carols.
All the best to everyone, stay healthy and look forward to seeing you when COVID 19 has run its course.
Last week I received an email from the shire stating that they are closing all community halls until further notice.
I have also heard from Rosebud and Sorrento RSL's, and the Village Glen that they are cancelling their ANZAC services.
Therefore, band practice is suspended for the immediate future. When I know more I will let you know, but I suspect it might be a while.
In the meantime this is a good opportunity to get back to the basics of individual, daily practice (15 minutes a day is better than 1 hour once a week) i.e. scales, long notes and technical studies, so we are all in tip top form when band practice resumes.
A mesage from the Band President:
After communicating with the committee it has been decided to suspend band practice until next term to reduce the risk of spreading or contracting coronavirus.
Therefore, as it now stands, band will return on Friday April 17th to practice for the ANZAC service at the Village Glen (should it not be cancelled). Then the following week is ANZAC Day on Saturday 25th, should it, too, not be cancelled.
This decision, by the committee, has not been taken lightly because we all know how much everyone enjoys band rehearsals but the health and safety of band members must be our priority.
In the meantime, please keep practicing and stay safe. I will keep you informed if there are any further developments.
We had timpani tuning gauges retrofitted to each of our timpani on Thursday 11th April.
They will now be a lot more user friendly and useful in the band from now on...
Click on photos to enlarge.
First practice for 2019 will be Friday 8th February 2019
(Hall not available until then)
New Christmas Folders now in use - We have 65 arrangements in these folders with spaces for up 75 music charts! Practicing for Christmas Concert already...
The AGM for the Southern Peninsula Concert Band will be held on Friday 14th September 2018 after a shortend practice at approx. 9 pm at the band hall.- Rosebud Village Green. - Next to the Sound Shell.