The Hahndorf Youth Band has been a product of the brass training and development program currently administered by the organization, and has been in place in various forms since the early 1960’s. Several of the Band’s current senior players are a product of the Hahndorf Youth Band program, now known as the ‘Hahndorf Brass Academy’.
The Band’s of our Brass Academy are now known as ‘Hahndorf Village Band’ and ‘Hahndorf Hamlet Band’, and are both currently trained and directed by the Band’s Education Coordinator and Musical Director Mr Philip Paine. They are available to play for community events and functions.
Our Hahndorf Brass Academy bands always welcomes and encourages new students young and old, and all enquiries should be directed to the Brass Academy Administrator, Kathy Francis on (08)83887280.
During the recent school holidays, 3 members of our Youth Band: Jack Flintoft, Miriam Wilson and David Wilson headed off to a 6 day intense music camp to take part in the State Youth Brass Camp at the Tuckerway Hostel in Port Vincent. During this week, they were joined by around 30 more young players between 15 and 24 to learn from some of the best musicians in Australia and then perform in 10 concerts throughout South Australia. The 3 members were lucky enough to learn from the President of the National Band Council Bill Broughton and former Australian Symphony Orchestra trumpet player James Dempsey. Our president Greg Francis also attended the event and said that it was great to see so many young talented musicians eager to develop their skills
“It was a great experience and I learnt a lot over the week, with probably the highlight being able to learn conducting skills from the former Australian Symphony Orchestra player James Dempsey”
On December 7th the residents of St Pauls Lutheran Home were entertained by the Hahndorf Youth Band, showcasing their talents, either as soloist, duets, as well as the complete band. The youth band played for the residents Christmas Carols as well as other entertaining pieces. This event is thoroughly enjoyed by the residents of St Pauls and is always a pleasure for the youth band to do.
Following this mini concert the Youth Band then joined our Senior Band at the Hahndorf Town Band Hall for an end of year break up celebration.
Throughout the year the members of the youth band, are encouraged to increase their knowlege and skill in the music field, while still experiencing the pleasure and fun of learning a brass instrument. The “Anthony Havriluk Memorial” trophy (Anthony was a past member of the Youth Band) is also presented to a Youth Band member each year.
Congratulations to Jayden White who plays cornet was the 2015 recipient.
We would like to thank Philip Paine and Kathy Francis for all the hard work that they both put into this program throughout the year and look forward to the adventures of the Hahndorf Youth Band in 2016.