Armadale City Concert Band aims to perform music which is musically challenging to its members and entertaining for its audience. Members range in age from fifteen to sixty plus.
The band enters the West Australian Band Association’s “State Eisteddfod” from time to time and has won ten times out of twelve entries. We are the current West Australian Open A Grade Champions having gained that title at the competition held in June 2012. Currently we have entered for the past six years. From 2007 – 2010 we competed in Division B and won the competition. In 2011 we were runner up in the Open A Grade division, thus ranking us as the number two band in Western Australia. Previous championship wins had been in 1991, 1992, 1995, 1998 and 2002. In 1991 the band also competed in the Band Spectacular, winning Division A.
Members have won the prestigious Ray Larner Cup for most outstanding concert band instrumentalist in the WABA Championships. Winners have been Co-principal Clarinet, Tim Neil, (1998), Peter Edwards (piccolo) 2001and Catherine Lane (French Horn) in 2002
The band gives six to twelve performances a year at places such as Minnawarra Festival, Fremantle Festival, Government House Open Day and Armadale’s “Carols at Minnawarra”. It gives its own concerts in a variety of venues including Fremantle Town Hall, Kingia Function Centre, Carey College Auditorium as well as the Jarrah Hall at Perth Modern School.
The band is available for hire throughout the year and can perform to a variety of requirements. It is most important that at least three months notice of a performance date is given when booking the band. This is not only to ensure adequate rehearsal time but to allow for delivery of any required sheet music, much of which comes from overseas. In short, the earlier we know about an engagement, the better we can meet the needs of the engaging organisation.
The band is available for for peformances at Festivals, Fetes, Product launches, sporting events, ceremonial occassions, openings of buildings - in fact Armadale City Concert Band is available for any type of performance. Peak times for the band are in March/April (Minnawarra Festival, ANZAC Day), June/July (Mid-year concert) and November/December (End-of-year concert, Christmas performances). When preparing for a performance, the band requires the following information:
contact details of appropriate event representative
a fairly detailed programme showing details of ACCB involvement, including appropriate times/locations for setup and dismantling, and equipment storage, etc.
details of type of music required. The band has an extensive library, but where a performance requires specific music not in our library, that music is at additional cost to the hiring organisation. Music can also be specifically arranged for a perfomance. Where music needs to be purchased or arranged a minimum twelve weeks notice is essential.
amplification and lighting requirements (especially whether these are to be provided by the band as an additional fee, or by the event organiser) (The band can provide basic lighting and sound reinforcement)
staging, sun protection (if daytime outdoors), wind protection.