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ANZAC Day 2018
ANZAC Day 2018 was one of the best days for marching we have seen in recent years. The clouds cleared and we had a fin e, cool dry day, not to hot and sunny and not raining. As was the case in 2017, a number of members of the Junior Band stepped up to step off with the Youth Band. It was great to see Nicky, Otto and Nash playing with the Youth Band and is a sign of things to come in the future. The band even had a long performance time down at the shrine so took the opportunity to play The Victorian Rifles which sounded even better than at the Nationals (or maybe it was just the fitting surroundings?)
National Band Championships Melbourne 2018
The Nationals are over for another years and once again Hyde Street have had a very successful campaign. Our Youth Band backed up last years Junior C Grade win by bring home the trophy in the Junior B Grade, our Junior Band overcame their initial trepidation and nerves to come 3rd in the Junior C Grade in their first ever competition and the Youth Band performed extremely well in a tough field to beat two adult band and ended up 7th in the Open D Grade. Considering the top three bands in this section and almost certainly C Grade bands (the winners have already been promoted to C Grade) this is also an outstanding result.
Whilst the results at the competition were fantastic, the reward for me as President was seeing the big smiles on the faces of the band members from both bands and getting feedback from so many parents how their kids love to come to band and really enjoy participating. With many kids in both the Junior and Youth Bands who haven’t been to a Nationals before, it was extremely pleasing to hear how much fun everyone had.
Carols in Yarraville Gardens 2017
In what has become a Christmas Tradition, Hyde Street Youth Band joined forces with Western Brass and the Footscray Yarraville City band to provide the accompanying music for the 2017 Carol in Yarraville Gardens on the 16th December 2017. This year as an added extra, the Hyde Street Junior Band performed in front of their largest croud yet, playing to about 6,000 during the Community Hour.
End of Year Concert 2017
The Hyde Street End of Year Concert was held on the 3rd December 2017 in the Blue Stone Church Performance Space. In attendance was the Mayor of Maribyrnong Cr Cuc Lam as well as Andy Moutray-Read from the Seddon Community Bank Branch who has of course been one of the bands long time supporters. The concert started with the recently renamed Hyde Street Junior Band who are sounding great for such an inexperienced band (one could be fooled for thinking they’d all be playing for years!). A number of members of the band performed solo or in smaller ensembles. This demonstrated the confidence that being a member of the band helps build in young kids.
The Junior Band was followed by the Youth Band who rocked the house, especially when Liam Conrad played a drum kit solo as a “retirement special” in what will be his last year in the band.
This year the band farewells Ben Greilach, Liam Conrad, Patrick Watkins who have all aged out. We also bid farewell to Josh and Harvey De Koster as they move to Western Brass and Ned Warburton as he hangs up his Baritone and retires from music.
AFL Grand Final Parade 2017
After a year of discussions with the AFL and their event organisers, Hyde Street was proud to perform at the 2017 Grand Final Parade, supporting the Richmond Football Club who would go on to win the Grand Final the following day. This was almost without doubt the biggest audience Hyde Street has ever performed in front of with between 140,000 and 150,000 at the parade and a television audience of several million more. The kid were well supported with some other performers from both the Footscray Yarraville City Band and even a ring in or two from Dandenong, busting to support their favoured club Richmond.
The band was led by the one and only Joseph Vincent, the current Junior National Drum Major champion.
Hyde Street Junior (nee Training) Band – Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod 2017
In September 2017 the Hyde Street Training Band took their next step by performing at their first Eisteddfod. Almost the entire Training Band supported by a few extras from the Youth Band made an early morning trip to Traralgon to perform as a junior ungraded band. This was a valuable experience for the band and is the next step in them becoming a graded band who in future will be able to compete in competitions include the State Band Chamionships which they are targeting for 2018.
Maribyrnong Proms Concert 2017
This years concert was held at the Quinn Auditorium at Caroline Chisholm College in Braybrook, and what a fantastic venue this is. The audience of approx 300 plus was entertained by 4 bands including the Hyde Street Training Band in their first major public performance. Hyde Street, Western Brass and Footscray Yarraville played a selection of modern and classic pieces with the xylophone and trombone solos being absolute highlights. As in 2016, the performance conlcluded with all bands joining together for a finale followed by a gourmet afternoon tea prepared by our long time friend and executive chef, Keith Jackson.
Holy Trinity Williamstown 2017
The Hyde Street Youth Band was invited to play in a joint fund raising concert at Holy Trinity Williamstown by parishioners who came to the 2016 Proms Concert. Whilst this wasn’t a huge event for the band, it was wonderful to play in this church which was built in 1821 to an audience of appreciative Williamstown locals.
ANZAC Day 2017
The rain threatened and for a while fell but by the time Hyde Street were ready to step off, the weather improved and the biggest band in recent years, swelled by several members of the training band, stepped off with nearly forty members. The weather did the keep the crowds down this year but that didn’t reduce the enthusiasm shown by the band for this most important of days.
National Band Championships Launceston 2017
The 2017 National Band Championships proved to be the most successful in recent years for the Hyde Street Youth Band, Not only did the band members and their families have a great weekend in Launceston but the band walked away as Junior C Grade Champions as well as the best Open D Grade Marching Band. On top of this, in his first Nationals as drum major, Joseph Vincent was awarded best Junior Drum Major. No one could have been more pleased and excited than our Musical Director having won in his first competition as a Junior Musical Director in Australia.
The members of the Hyde Street Youth Band love to perform and whilst not all band members can perform at every event, most love the opportunity to be center stage. As well as participating in both paid and unpaid community performances, HYSB also performs in joint concerts with the A Grade Footscray Yarraville Band and at our annual end of year concert.