Monthly Archives: October 2016


ANZAC Spirit and Camaraderie Concert 6 Nov 2016

Come along and enjoy the combined bands of “The Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery and the Ballarat City Brass Band”.  The NZ Band are in Australia for 1 week and Ballarat is there first gig.  The highlight of their tour while in Australia will be Leading the Parade (in Lieu of the RAN Band) this year for the Remembrance Day Service in Melbourne on 11 November 2016.


October 2016

Well its been a while since anything was updated on the website, so I’ll give a brief update of the past few months.  Firstly our website manager Matthew Harris has departed Australia for a couple of years with his partner and are travelling to India to teach there.  We wish them well and may there journey be safe, healthy and full of exciting times.

My name is Chris and I am the Band Secretary and now the Web manager as well. My skills in this area are not as good as Matt’s but hopefully I will improve with time.  That’s one of the reasons for the long absence as I was to scared to add information to the page in case I stuffed up our web page.

Regrettably Mark Witham as our Music Director resigned in March this year.  He gave conducting away to concentrate on personal matters.  He is still a part of our band and  is enjoying life in a more relaxed manner with his new caravan and car.  We wish him all the best and thank him for his wonderful leadership whilst acting as the Band’s Music Director.  While under his directorship the band was improving rapidly and was looking at moving to C Grade.

With Mark’s departure as MD, the ever reliable Bob Pattie took over the MD duties until we were able to select a new MD.  We had a few applicants for the position and gave each applicant a night in front of the band to conduct three set pieces and any piece or pieces of their choice.  The end result was we welcomed Peter Gunn (ex Army musician and current member of the band) as the new MD.  Troy Cheesman, who only recently started coming to band rehearsals also applied for the job and was appointed as Peter’s Assistant MD.  Troy also was appointed the MD for the Training Band that he was keen to get up and running.

The Training Band is now going great guns with approximately 9 children coming along regularly on a Monday night.  So any budding musicians out there who are keen to learn a brass instrument are more than welcome to drop in on a Monday night.

In September Peter gave conducting away as he job prospects took him in another direction.  So in lieu of going through the process of advertising the MD position the committee offered the position to Troy.

Troy accepted the challenge and is quickly finding his feet as a Music Director as he has never done it before.  Bob Pattie is his assistant and is giving valuable advice and assistance while he gets settled in.

Troy has a wealth of practical experience and has been involved with a number of bands around Australia and in particular Victoria.  He has played with numerous A Grade Bands through to D Grade Bands.  His choice of instrument is the Flugel Horn but he is no slouch on the Bb/Soprano Cornet as well.

The band has stagnated somewhat with MD changes and players leaving the band over the year as well. Therefore the band elected not to compete in the Victorian State Championships this year.  The band also decided not to travel to Mt Gambier in November 2016. We won the C Grade  section last year in lieu of playing in D Grade.

Look forward to more info on the band in my next post.