And the band played on

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE - By DAVID MIMS

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.

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