On Sunday 25th September current and past members of the Hahndorf Town Band gathered together for a celebration lunch at the 3 Gums Bistro which is situated within the Hahndorf Resort Complex. We would like to thank the staff, and especially Megan from 3 Gums Bistro for helping make our celebratory luncheon a complete success.
Amongst our guests were Myrtle and son Bruce Keen. Myrtle's children were also a part of Hahndorf Town Band in the past. Bruce commenced with our Junior Band in 1967 as a founding member, (together with current president Greg Francis). Myrtle's daughter Rosalie Keen still to this day is very involved as a player with Salisbury Brass Band.
Alf Maslen and his wife Beth came along, and with a few of our current members was able to reminisce the time he was with Hahndorf on Euphonium. Lynette Simms was part of our non-playing support crew, while her husband Bob Sims (deceased) played with Hahndorf. Bob was a great percussionist and was also our drum major for a short while. Lloyd and Kathy Norton joined us also which was great as it meant that his father Clarrie Norton (deceased) was also remembered. Lloyd and Kathy have rarely missed a Hahndorf Band concert over the years.
Other more recent past members also joined us for this celebration including Alan Luesby, George Willanski, and Nadia Henriks. Other past players who could not make it on this day, Trevor and Lorraine Kramm – our current Patron of the band, Gordon Kramm whose son now conducts Glenelg Brass Band and of course Kathy Francis – who is still part of both the Senior and Junior Band in an administrative role, all sent their good wishes for the day.
It was also great to see quite a few of our Youth Band members come along – as they are the future of the Hahndorf Town Band.
During the luncheon a photo slide presentation was showing, prepared by Greg Francis – our President, which certainly brought a lot of memories back with our older guests.
The afternoon was a very relaxed one, with only one formality - the presentation to 2 current members of the band of their 25 Year Service Awards from the National Band Council. Congratulations to Fiona Camac-Lambert and Andy Luyten who both received these as acknowledgement of their service to the community banding movement while playing with a variety of bands and now currently playing with Hahndorf Town Band.
It was a great afternoon of fun and fellowship, reliving fond memories with others about being part of the long serving Hahndorf Town Band. We are now all looking forward to celebrating our 100th!
Plenty of Performances remain for 2016.
With many playout jobs starting to come in, the Hahndorf Town Band and Youth Band will certainly be kept busy leading up to Christmas.
From November the Senior Band joined by the Youth Band will be once again starting to appear in many Christmas Parades throughout the hills as well as taking part in the Credit Union Christmas Pageant on November 12th. Both bands will also be playing at the St Michaels Lutheran Primary school fete on Saturday 19th November.
Saturday 12th November – Credit Union Christmas Pageant
Saturday 19th November: St Michaels Lutheran Primary School Fete
Sunday 20th November – Stirling Christmas Pageant
Friday 2nd December – St Nicks Parade
Saturday 3rd December – Mount Barker Christmas Pageant