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Diamond Anniversary for Salisbury City Band

Released on 27 December 2018
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The Salisbury City Band continues to march to the beat of their own drum as they celebrate 60 years.

Founded in 1958, the Salisbury City Band has been providing entertainment for generations. The band consists of local voluntary musicians, both young and old, who share a passion for creating music.

This year the band reached a significant milestone of 60 years with past and current players reconvening to enjoy an evening showcase of concert pieces from over the years.

Salisbury City Band Treasurer, Will Quick, said the band had a history of competing in state and national championships. 

“More recently, we graded very well in competitions, having been victoriously placed first in the 2016 State competition and second in the 2017 national annual competition,” Mr Quick said. 

“Successful junior bands throughout the years have also competed and then gone on to become part of the senior band.”

Historically, the McMahon and Snelling families played an integral part in the band’s story.

“In the early 1980’s Kenneth McMahon took on the leadership of the band and was conductor for over 20 years. His wife played on the tenor horn,” Mr Quick said.

“Kenneth was succeeded by his son-in-aw Geoff Meikle and Kenneth’s daughter, Adrienne Meikle, is now the Musical Director of the band. 

“Over 20 years ago, Geoff Snelling, who was a horn player, played an integral role in setting up a brass band in Elizabeth – he then joined the Salisbury City Band and has been there for 20 years along with the McMahon’s. 

“Generations of Snelling’s have also been part of the Salisbury City Band including Geoff’s son Peter and grandson Brett.” 

Mr Quick is one of the youngest members of the band having been with the group for 11 years now. 

While at high school, he was very interested in music and his music teacher – none other than Geoff Mieikle – invited him to try out. 

The Band plays modern pieces including music from the James Bond movie Skyfall, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and 

Star Wars Force Awakens and encourage youngsters keen in music to join in.

“We have 25 regular attending members of the band but it is lacking in junior and percussion members. I am keen to see a junior repertoire and hope to build a junior program,” he said.

“I wholeheartedly encourage newcomers to join the band; we take a carefree approach to playing – just come with plenty of enthusiasm.”

Rehearsals take place at the Salisbury Institute on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm and anyone who is interested in joining is always welcome to sit in. Contact Ken Ennis, Chairman on 0418 829 611 or check out the Facebook page.

 This article features in the latest edition of Salisbury Aware.