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Long serving members honoured

Long serving members honoured

Nuriootpa Town Band presented long service awards to Roy Hampel, Des Nietschke, Wes Schilling and Carol Farley, last night, who between them have a total of 185 years of service to the band.  

Roy and Des received badges for 60 years’ service; Wes for 40 years; and Carol for 25 years. 

Having volunteered in roles beyond their musical requirements, together they reflect on the band’s history and most of all agree they enjoy being band members for the camaraderie.

For Roy, who initially played the trombone, and now the cornet, he remembers being “coerced” by the late Elmore Schulz to join.

At one stage there was three generations of Hampels playing in the band at the same time.

He continues to be part of the band for the love of music and fondly remembers the cabaret with brass evenings which was strongly supported by those attending on the night.

He had no intention on joining the band but it was an opportunity presented to Des Nietschke, by the late Elmore Schulz who left a box of instruments on the front door step of his family home.

Des continues to play the cornet and says band trips away and competitions are among his highlights.

Wes Schilling started with the band soon after moving to Nuriootpa and commenced side drumming. He then took on base drumming and has been able to fulfil his ambition to play the tuba.

“The base is a real challenge from everything else I have done… and I’m still learning,” said Wes.

Now on light duties, Wes said he does miss not being on the drums but still holds an important part in the band through property manager and trainee librarian.

Carol Farley started playing the cornet, joining the band soon after moving to the Barossa but for the last 15 years has played the tenor horn. 

“I enjoy being part of the band because whatever you play… everyone contributes their part to the whole thing that makes an amazing sound,” said Carol.

In presenting badges to each recipient, Band President, Philip Krahling thanked them for their dedication, and acknowledged that, “the band continues to benefit from the knowledge and experience they have accumulated.”

The band also recognised the contributions made by Vonnie Hampel and Bev Schilling as they were conferred with Honorary Membership of the band. 

For many years these two faithful band spouses worked to raise funds and support the band from the sidelines. Sadly, Bev passed away last year, but   her award was presented in memorium to her husband, Wes.

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