Val­ley con­cert band cel­e­brates 25 years

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

THE Der­went Val­ley Con­cert Band is pol­ish­ing up for a per­for­mance to mark 25 years since the band’s for­ma­tion.

Five en­sem­bles, in­clud­ing the Brass Quin­tet, March­ing Band, and De­vel­op­ment Band along with the In­ter­me­di­ate Band and the Con­cert Band will take the stage at the Friends School’s Far­rall Cen­tre this Satur­day for the con­cert.

Con­duc­tor Lyall McDer­mott said the per­for­mance, hosted by 2009 Young Aus­tralian of the Year Sam Cawthorn, would be a great way to com­mem­o­rate the band’s past.

“The pro­gram has been built around var­i­ous high points in the band’s his­tory,” Mr McDer­mott said.

“The event will com­mem­o­rate the very first pub­lic per­for­mance in 1993, the in­ter­na­tional tours the band has gone on, the Dan­ish royal wed­ding, and the num­ber of state and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions the band has en­tered.”

DVCB found­ing con­duc­tor Lay­ton Hod­getts will re­turn to the podium on Satur­day to con­duct pieces with the In­ter­me­di­ate and Con­cert bands.

Mr McDer­mott said he was look­ing for­ward to pre­sent­ing a piece the band de­vel­oped for its re­cent trip to Malaysia.

“A par­tic­u­lar high­light will be the Aus­tralian premiere of Mia Pa­len­cia’s song cy­cle Penger­tian Suite,” he said.

The con­cert be­gins at 7pm and en­try is by do­na­tion with re­fresh­ments pro­vided.

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