At his last rehearsal with the Hahndorf Town Band in June 2007, departing Musical Director Dr Kevin Cameron was treated to a surprise farewell that celebrated nearly six years of an association that has established some of the most memorable milestones in the Band’s 80 year history.
President Greg Francis reminded band members of several of the Band’s achievements during “Kevin’s reign” including the move from ‘D” to ‘C’ grade where the Band has consistently and competitively contested, including the 2005 National Band Championships in Adelaide, the 2004 and 2005 Victorian State Band Contests at Ballarat and South Australia’s own State Band contests over the last six years. Under Kevin’s direction the Band has significantly enhanced its musical reputation within the local community, and extended its exposure to many other regional areas within the state.
Kevin was praised for his initiatives in establishing significant developments to the Band’s youth training program, and the launching in the Band’s 80th Anniversary year of the inaugural Hahndorf Band Festival, which the Band trusts will continue into its third year next year, as a regular event on the brass banding calendar.
The Band’s appreciation of Kevin’s efforts over the years was also formally acknowledged in 2006 with his award of the Badge of Merit from the South Australian Band Association. The SA Band of the Year Award for 2005 and 2006 was in no small way also due to Kevin’s efforts during this time with the Band.
Kevin leaves the Band with the best wishes of all members, particularly in regard to his increased family commitments with the recent birth of his twin children.