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November News from the Double Blues

Unley Concert Band recently held a spooktacular Halloween cabaret on Friday 30th October at the Goodwood Community Centre. Entitled “Monsters and Magic”, the room was full of draculas, witches, skeletons, a mummy and other ghostly creatures, dressed up for the occasion.

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The band played memorable music from the movies such as scores from Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, The Lord of the Rings, Gremlins, Ghostbusters plus other classics such as Thriller and The Eve of War, complete with Vincent Price and Richard Burton narration, respectively. A particular highlight of the evening was the hilarious and clever video presentation made by resident trumpeter Matthew Dorey, to accompany Eric Whitacre’s programmatic work ‘Godzilla Eats Las Vegas’, which was a real hit with the enthusiastic audience.

Cabaret decorations

Cabaret decorations

Cabaret decorations

Cabaret decorations

Many thanks go to Dr Stephen Boyle for expertly leading the band for this performance and to Kate Flint for her organisation of the cabaret. Also thanks go to those members of the band who helped with decorations, raffle prizes, assisted on the night with front of house, set up and transportation of percussion. It was all hands on deck and it was much appreciated by all. Stay tuned for what we have in store for the cabaret in 2016!

The band is now full speed ahead for the rest of the year and also preparing for the National Championships which will be held at home in Adelaide next year for the first time since 2011.

The band will be marching in 4 pageants this year:

  • Credit Union Christmas Pageant – THIS Saturday 14 November at 10am through the CBD
  • Glenelg Christmas Pageant – Sunday 22 November at 11am, Jetty Road, Glenelg
  • Norwood Christmas Pageant – Saturday 28 November at 10:00am, The Parade, Norwood
  • Blackwood Christmas Pageant – Friday 4 December at 6:30pm, Main Road, Blackwood.

The band will also be providing music for several events to be held in the Unley Memorial Gardens on Unley Road before Christmas:

The band will first appear at the Remembrance Day service this Wednesday 11 November from 10:30am. This is an important occasion in the band’s calendar which is much appreciated by the Unley Branch of the RSL and the City of Unley and we thank those members of the band who are able to attend this service on a weekday.

UCB will also provide ceremonial music for the opening of the annual French Market on Friday 27 November 2015 at 5:15pm.

To conclude the band’s year, UCB will be providing the music for the Carols in the Rotunda on Sunday 13 December 2015. The band will accompany singers and choir as well as providing short musical interludes. Grab a picnic basket and blanket and come along to this FREE event hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Unley and the council, and celebrate a fantastic year for the Double Blues!