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Tanunda’s top brass

Tanunda’s top brass

Trombones, tubas and euphoniums are not the only things Tanunda Town Band members  will have to keep polished, now that another shiny piece of silverware has arrived.

Tanunda Town Band has taken home the Clare Bail Memorial shield for the state’s top brass band, winning the Open A-Grade section of the South Australian Band Association championships last week. 

The oldest brass band in the southern hemisphere, set to celebrate its 160th anniversary next year, won the title after scoring highly in the set test piece, “Accursed Huntsmen”; hymn, “In Perfect Peace”; march, “Army of the Nile” and own choice selection, “English Heritage” to gain 294 points out of a possible 300.

Tanunda Town Band placed first in two of the four sections, with an impressive 99/100 in the test and a perfect 50/50 for the march, narrowly ousting Marion City Band and reigning champions, Kensington and Norwood Brass with their winning renditions played at Immanuel College, Novar Gardens.

Musical director, Mr Bruce Raymond was thrilled with the results after having only taken up the baton with the brass band late last year.

“I was delighted with the band’s overall approach to the preparation and our soloists and players were quite outstanding,” he said.

 For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.