Chance to re­veal your hid­den tal­ents and join the band

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - BEN WATER­WORTH

BUD­DING mu­si­cians in the Der­went Val­ley are be­ing head­hunted as the next po­ten­tial stars of the Der­went Val­ley Con­cert Band.

The band, which has been the talk of the Val­ley this year af­ter win­ning cham­pi­onships in Europe and Tas­ma­nia, will hold a spe­cial Con­cert Band Week­end next month to en­cour­age lo­cal mu­si­cians of all abil­i­ties to play mu­sic and get a foot in the door.

Chief con­duc­tor Lyall McDer­mott said the event was for mu­si­cians of all ages.

“Of course there are peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who have an in­stru­ment tucked away that hasn’t seen day­light in a while and the week­end could be the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for you to bring it out, dust it off and come along,” he said.

The two-day event will see two bands formed, one from peo­ple with lim­ited mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence and one from more ad­vanced mu­si­cians with at least two years’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

“There will be plenty of mu­si­cal va­ri­ety, many ex­pe­ri­enced mu­si­cians play­ing along and there will be some ter­rific con­duc­tors tak­ing the re­hearsals through­out the week­end,” Mr McDer­mott said.

The band re­turned from a Euro­pean tour in July where it was crowned Euro­pean Open cham­pion at a march­ing show bands event in Ger­many, as well as tak­ing out its 14th Tas­ma­nian open B-Grade cham­pi­onship ear­lier this month.

Regis­tra­tions for the week­end close on Mon­day and can be made via dvcb.org.

Par­tic­i­pants will need to pro­vide their own in­stru­ments (ex­cept for per­cus­sion­ists) and the week­end costs $10 with a bar­be­cue lunch pro­vided.

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