A massive congratulations to members of Western Brass, Footscray-Yarraville City Percussion Academy, and Footscray-Yarraville City Band on their performances on Saturday 19th of December at the Williamstown Foreshore Rotunda. This was Western Brass’ MD Jared McCunnie’s first conducting gig with his band, having been appointed back in February.
FYCB will now be working towards the Nationals recording sessions. Can’t wait!
Following the COVID-normal guidelines the band has been able to meet in-person for the first time since March. Working in ensembles the band played Christmas carols, much to the delight of many park-goers.
The band has continued to shine online, adapting quickly to online meetings since March, 2020.
In Term 2 we met for warm-ups and recorded weekly challenges, keeping each other motivated during the difficult period.
Throughout Term 3, having gone into lockdown No. 2, the band partook in the Halfa With a Master series. This was a series of 30 minute interviews with 10 professional musicians from around the world who donated their time to chat to host Louisa and the band about all things music: routine, career stories, tools for performance anxiety, repertoire ideas and more. We are so grateful to all the Masters who took the time to chat with us!
In Term 4 we are continuing warm ups and being mentored by three professional musicians in their area of expertise: high brass, low brass, and percussion. Each month band members submit a recording of a piece to receive feedback on. Repertoire themes include: October- articulation and/ or dynamics, November- lyricism, December- own choice.
Now that restrictions are easing, we hope to be playing together soon!
What a delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
The combined band played a 45 minute set of entertainment items for a crowd of brass band fans and visitors (aka newly converted brass band fans.) We were spoiled with a chocolate tasting that showcased the huge range available. Thanks to Marc Nethercot from Northern Brass for the invitation to perform and to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery for having us.
from Footscray Memorial Gardens down Geelong Road to the Footscray RSL on Saturday morning, 18th of January. A ceremony was then held, with the band performing national anthems, and Brenton Burley playing the Last Post.
We had a wonderful time hosting the 2019 Yarraville Carols in the Gardens. The evening was compèred by the multi-talented Chelsea Plumley; music lead by Louisa Trewartha with the combined forces of Footscray-Yarraville City Band, Western Brass, and the Hyde Street Youth Band; a joyful massed choir made up of local choirs; and special guests Nina Ferro, Andrew Broadbent, Naomi Cochrane, Belinda Sofra, John Connors, Byron Crump, and special mention to Felicity Baldock who did
an amazing job filling in last minute for Margaret Haggart.
With an enthusiastic and ever-increasing crowd before us, and due to much thoughtful planning by the FYCB committee (particularly Kathryn Cooper) the event was relaxed, enjoyable, and thus a huge success.
Thanks to everyone who attended. See you next year!
A wonderful opportunity for Footscray-Yarraville City Band and Western Brass to join forces.
Hundreds of people flocked to the zoo on the first day of summer, 2019. We performed a selection of creature related songs, such as The Bare Necessities featuring Laszlo Szetey, and Jurassic Park; hits like Eternal Flame featuring Hannah Trewartha, Uptown Funk, and Lemon Tree; and some festive tunes including our favourite Jingle Bells, Batman Smells arranged and performed by the talented Byron Crump. Although storm clouds threatened throughout, we and our wonderful audience had a great time.
Thank you to Maurice Mammoliti for hosting us. We hope to see you again in 2020!