Band tunes up for meet

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AR­MADALE City Con­cert Band is set to take to the road for the first time in its his­tory.

The mu­si­cians are go­ing to Launce­s­ton, Tas­ma­nia, over the Easter week­end to per­form a chal­leng­ing com­pe­ti­tion reper­toire at the Na­tional Band Cham­pi­onships.

It is the only band from West­ern Aus­tralia com­pet­ing this year, with mem­bers aged from 14 to 60-plus.

The hard­work­ing team will be un­der the ba­ton of mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Amanda John­son.

“We’re pre­par­ing our­selves to be judged against the na­tional stan­dard,” Ms John­son said. “It’s ex­cit­ing, but daunt­ing.”

Ms John­son said the band wasn’t com­pet­ing to win but for per­sonal im­prove­ment.

“The onus is on each in­di­vid­ual player to bring what they’ve got to that mo­ment,” Ms John­son said. “That’s what makes it so tremen­dously ex­cit­ing and nerve-rack­ing.”

She took over the po­si­tion of mu­si­cal di­rec­tor from Don Cook in 2015 and de­scribed Mr Cook as a tour de force in the Ar­madale City Con­cert Band .

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