Con­cert band’s tour a suc­cess

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES KITTO

MEM­BERS of the Der­went Val­ley Con­cert Band have re­turned home this week af­ter a 12-day tour of Malaysia.

The band’s 10th over­seas tour in its 25-year history saw the group travel through Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Taip­ing, Penang and Kota Kin­a­balu for six con­certs, in­clud­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tion with well-known Malaysian singer Mia Pa­len­cia.

Con­duc­tor Lyall McDer­mott said the over­seas trip was an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence for band mem­bers.

“The feed­back I’ve re­ceived from ev­ery­one has been re­ally pos­i­tive,” Mr McDer­mott said.

“For a num­ber of mem­bers, it was their first time over­seas, so it’s al­ways nice to hear of what a great time they had.”

Mr McDer­mott said the band’s fi­nal show was a spe­cial mem­ory from the tour.

“Our last gig was held at a Malaysian Ro­tary Club in front of a crowd of 500 peo­ple, in­clud­ing the Aus­tralian Deputy High Com­mis­sioner,” he said.

“We per­formed in front of guests who were at a for­mal din­ner and the per­for­mance was ex­tremely well re­ceived and re­ally drew the at­ten­tion of the crowd.”

The band will now be­gin fine-tun­ing its per­for­mance ahead of the group’s 25th an­niver­sary con­cert in Oc­to­ber.

“We have the state cham­pi­onships in a cou­ple months’ time, and we’re also pre­par­ing for a 25th birth­day show at The Friends School,” Mr McDer­mott said.

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