Hahndorf Band Festivals
On Saturday 7th May the Hahndorf Town Band held their Band Festival in the LWE Kramm Memorial Rotunda in the Pioneer Gardens in Hahndorf.
Hahndorf were joined by 6 other bands, Mitcham City Band, Campbelltown City Band, Para Hills Brass Band, St John Ambulance Brass Band, Enfield Brass and Playford Concert Band.
Each band presented a 40 minute musical entertainment style program to the crowds who gathered around taking in the atmosphere. They were certainly entertained with a diverse and varied repertoire of music, from each of the bands, some of which presented soloists, duets and singers as part of their program.
Our band also provided our visitors with an opportunity to purchase a sausage from our BBQ stall, tea and coffee, taste some local wines. We also had set up a ‘come and try a brass instrument ‘stall where people young and old came and tried to see if they play a brass instrument. This was a great and fun way to try out something totally different.
Our Adjudicator for the day was Adrian Uren who relocated from the UK in 2015 to take up the position of Principal Horn player of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician Adrian has regularly performed with groups such as Fine Arts Brass, Onyx Brass and Brandenburg Brass. Since moving to Adelaide he has been invited to play with the Tasmanian and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Overall the day was a great success, including the weather being very kind to us and not giving us the rain and wind that was predicted by the weather bureau – thank goodness!
At the end of the day the results were in from our Adjudicator with Hahndorf achieving 2nd place. The full results for the day were very close between all bands that took part:
1st Place: Mitcham 92 points
2nd Place Hahndorf 90 points
3rd Place Enfield 89 points
4th Place (tied) Para Hills & Playford 87 points
5th Place Campbelltown 86 points
6th Place St Johns 84 points
As organisers of the 2016 Hahndorf Band Festival, the Hahndorf Town Band gratefully acknowledges the support of our major sponsor, The District Council of Mount Barker. We are also thankful to Size Music and our local business community including the Hahndorf Inn, Beerenberg Strawberry Farm, Murray Valley Beef Products and many other local Hahndorf businesses who supported this event with donations towards our raffle, discounted products for our BBQ Sausage Sizzle and wine for our wine tastings and sales.
We would also like to thank especially all of the other bands who took part in the day which certainly helped give the visitors to Hahndorf a great day of fine music and entertainment.
We look forward to presenting this event again in 2017.