Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Band celebrates 20 years

The Derwent Valley Concert Band's 20th anniversary concert
 at the Farrall Centre last weekend.
TWENTY years of music in the valley was celebrated over three days of anniversary events last weekend.

Formed in 1993, the Derwent Valley Concert Band has amassed an enviable record of achievement over its first 20 years, including nine Tasmanian State Championship titles over the years and the Open B Grade Concert Band Australian National Championship in 2000. The band has travelled to Japan, Canada, Austria, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark and China.

At a vice-regal reception at Government House in Hobart last Friday night, Governor Peter Underwood described the band as an iconic cultural institution in the Derwent Valley. About 200 members and friends of the band were guests of His Excellency and Mrs Underwood at the reception.

On Saturday night it was a full house at the Farrall Centre in North Hobart for the gala anniversary concert. A number of past members of the band returned to perform in the concert and many others were in the crowd. The next day, about 100 people attended a celebratory barbecue at Redlands Estate, Plenty.

The anniversary events included the launch of Volume 2 of Music in the Valley, chronicling the band's second decade from 2003-13. The book was written by Jane Hodgetts and about 60 copies were sold during the weekend.

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