And the band played on
MUSICIANS from the Mansfield and District (MAD) Orchestra met last month to discuss contingency plans for the coming weeks.
MAD has been temporarily left without its founder, conductor and leader, Monica Sketcher, while she devotes her time to assisting husband Dean with his rehabilitation from a recent stroke.
Around 14 members convened and agreed that the orchestra would honour its commitments to play at the Jamieson Autumn Festival on April 22,and ANZAC Day on April 25.
The MAD Strings group continued to work towards its performance at the Mansfield Strings Concert on Thursday, March 30.
It was decided that the MAD Kids group would be postponed for the remainder of term one, but will aim to continue in some form during term two.
Those in attendance agreed that in the spirit of supporting Monica and her family, one of the best ways to do so would be to continue to meet as a group and play music together for the enjoyment and camaraderie, honouring the founding principal of the MAD Orchestra.
Overriding everything at the meeting was the outpouring of support and love for the Sketcher family, from those present and the entire playing group.
“And the band kept playing” is a phrase often linked to “The Titanic”, but in the case of MAD, the band keeps playing for the enjoyment of music, out of respect for the huge contribution the Sketcher family has made to music in Mansfield at all age levels, and because members know that while the road is long, there will be a positive outcome for all concerned.