GREATER DANDENONG CAROLS
Sun 11 Dec 2022
The City of Greater Dandenong Band was thrilled to be a part of the 2022 Greater Dandenong Carols held on Friday in Dandenong Park.
BRASS SPOOKTACULAR! BAND CABARET
Following a two year hiatus, the City of Greater Dandenong Band are excited to bring back their ever popular and always spectacular Annual Cabaret! Falling on the eve of Halloween, they are gearing up to present "Brass Spooktacular! - Spooky Tunes for your Afternoon!" on Sunday 30th October at 2:00pm. Doors open at 1:30pm.
Featuring great charts from all manner of spooky inspirations, along with amazing local vocal talent - this is a concert and banding event not to be missed! As in previous years, this event is a BYO Cabaret seating setup, and there will be prizes, raffles, and a whole lot of frightening fun! Guests are encouraged to dress up in their finest fright-wear, and join us for a celebration of the spooky season!
Please note: This event will be run in line with government regulations regarding a Covid Safe environment.
Tickets can be purchased via https://www.trybooking.com/CCQWH
LATROBE VALLEY EISTEDDFOD 2022
Sun 11 Sep 2022
First place in A Grade at the Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod today!
Today the Band competed in both the A Grade and B Grade sections at the Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod hosted at the wonderful new Gippsland Performing Arts Centre. We played well enough to take home first and the Griffiths Trophy in A Grade, while we came third in B Grade. Congratulations to Boroondara Brass for placing first in B Grade and second in A Grade, and to Darebin City Brass-Northern Brass for placing second in B Grade.
A huge thank you to all our Band Members, supporters and Committee, our helpers Steve Semmler-Farr, Belinda and James Sileni, and Hetty Lawson, our new regular Phillipa Edwards, all of the Eisteddfod organisers and volunteers, the adjudicator, sponsors, the Victorian Bands' League, and all of the other bands who performed today. Finally, thanks to Jared McCunnie for the great photo.
The Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod always makes for a great weekend of brass banding and this year was no exception!
LATROBE VALLEY EISTEDDFOD SOLOS 2022
Congratulations to our own Todd O'Shea and Paul Simmonds who competed at the Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod on Sat 10 Sep. The two performed very well, coming first in their duet while Todd also came second in the Open Bruce Armstrong Memorial Solo section. Well done to you both!
STATE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2022
The City of Greater Dandenong Band competed in our first in-person competition since 2019 over the weekend at the Victorian State Band Championships in Ballarat. It was a great weekend of banding, overall.
We were very proud of our Band’s performance under the expert direction of our Musical Director Jamie Lawson. It was a fantastic return to the competition stage for our Band, and we all walked away smiling. We are especially proud of our newest member Cassidy Hemphill who played brilliantly in her first brass band competition.
Thank you to our helpers on the day – Nick Beale on Euphonium, and George Melitsis, Hetty Lawson, and Phillipa Edwards on Cornet. Thanks to our loyal supporters who made the journey to watch us in person, and to those who watched online.
Big thanks to the organisers – the Victorian Bands' League and the Royal South Street Society – for hosting a very well organised competition. Thanks also to the City of Ballarat Brass Band for the use of your Bandroom as a rehearsal venue.
Finally, thanks to Brassbanned for live streaming the entire weekend and making the competition accessible to people everywhere. If you would like to see our performance for yourself, you can view the Brassbanned recording on YouTube here (at about 8 hours, 50 minutes)
DANDENONG BAND AGM - 1 June 2022
DANDENONG YOUTH BRASS!
A group of keen local students have been meeting every Wednesday during the school term to rehearse together in our friendly, fun, supportive band. DYB musicians have had a taste for some typical brass band music in the form of marches, hymns, jazz tunes, and even some rock music. Some fantastic sounds are being made each rehearsal, and we can’t wait to continue to develop the DYB sound and community.
If you are a young brass or percussion player, we would love to see you come along on Wednesday to sit in and play with the band at rehearsal!
ZERO GRAVITY - ISOLATION MUSIC VIDEO IN COLLABORATION WITH GLENFERRIE BRASS!
We are proud to present our isolation recording of ‘Zero Gravity ’ to mark Mental Health Week.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, bands have been unable to rehearse together as normal, with all of our usual events and performances having been cancelled for most of 2020. Instead, members have been keeping up their practice from home. Just as well, too! For now, we bring you a video recorded virtually in each of our homes.
In a collaboration between City of Greater Dandenong Band and Glenferrie Brass, with the support of Skunkworks Productions Ltd, and featuring the stunning vocals of It’s Danielle Matthews, we present our take on ‘Zero Gravity’. Made famous by Kate Miller-Heidke at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, and written by Kate Miller-Heidke, Keir Nuttall and Julian Hamilton, this version has been arranged perfectly for brass by Steve Semmler-Farr.
Bringing a message of strength and hope, ‘Zero Gravity’ is a song about overcoming depression and seeing the colour come back into the world again. Even though we are physically apart right now, music is something that brings us together. Hopefully this recording brings a little colour to your world today.
Thanks must also go to Dandenong Band’s own Cameron Sanders who has been working tirelessly to coordinate this project, and who has given his time and sound and video production skills so generously.
We hope to be playing live for you all again soon - but for now, we hope you enjoy ‘Zero Gravity’!
Thursday 26 January 2023
Greater Dandenong Australia Day Awards
Friday 7 April 2023
National Band Championships - Hymn & Test
Saturday 8 April 2023
National Band Championships - Parade of Bands
Sunday 9 April 2023
National Band Championships - Stage March & Own Choice
Sunday 23 April 2023
Springvale ANZAC Day Parade & Service
Tuesday 25 April 2023
Dandenong ANZAC DAY Dawn Service
6am at the 'Pillars of Freedom'
Palm Plaza, Dandenong
(Opposite the Dandenong Market)
Tuesday 25 April 2023
Dandenong ANZAC DAY March & Service
The City of Greater Dandenong Band is an Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Team!
Lifeblood Team is the group donation program of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. Their goal is to rally organisations and groups across the country to achieve, together, 25% of the blood donations needed by Australia.
It’s about raising spirits and team pride - and about the sense of unity you get from working together for something bigger than yourself.
You can join our Lifeblood Team HERE using our group name:
City of Greater Dandenong Band
And you can check out our
Lifeblood Team Results HERE