Earlier this month, I had occasion to watch the Mt Gambier Brass Band Festival which was live streamed on the internet. This festival draws brass bands from SA, Vic and NSW. It was interesting to note the composition of almost all of the community bands with young musicians making up a significant component of each band. I mention this, as the key to our own bands future lies in making our product attractive to young (and older) people. Young musicians are the ones that will go on to fill key seats around the band, and again, the term I keep using is the ‘maturity’ of the band. There is a linkage in my view to the continued development and progression of our band(s) in attracting students from the various NT Schools to our banding program. We have not been particularly successful in this regard.
Our Intermediate Band however under the very competent tutelage of Craig McGiffen has seen musician numbers supplemented earlier this year drawn from our Saturday morning Beginners Program. My thanks to Mr McGiffen for a very successful program for 2019.
Unfortunately, the Saturday morning Beginners Program has not recommenced in the 2nd half of this year.
I set myself a number of key performance indicators in the role as your president for 2019.
Firstly, I wanted the band to have a modern, fresh and appealing web presence. Our band’s web-site is now precisely that, with linkages to Vimeo where the band has it’s own channel. All of the photographs and media taken at concerts are on the web within hours after our performances and are regularly viewed.
Next I wanted us all to be better off musically, both individually and collegially. In my view, we have begun that journey, and our preparedness to take on fee paying concert performances such as this Darwin Military Museum Concert and perform consistently at a high standard is a good example for this year. On the other side of the ledger, we must address the Beginners Group and support this aspect of our band. Moving forward, the band should now ideally attend a state or national competition which will only serve to raise the standard of our playing further.
I am a firm believer in process, governance and transparency. Your committee has worked tirelessly throughout the year to support the smooth and efficient and good running of the band.
Lastly, I would to thank our Musical Director Ron Roberts, Vice President Terry Roth, Treasurer Barbara Eather and all committee members for their work through the year.
To all members in our Association, it has been a privilege to be your president. I wish the incoming committee and the band every success as I step down from this role.