Parkes Shire Concert Band continue to thrive despite COVID-19

ONLINE CONCERT: Parkes Shire Concert Band members. Video grab: YouTube
ONLINE CONCERT: Parkes Shire Concert Band members. Video grab: YouTube

It has been a very different year for the Parkes Shire Concert Band (PSCB), as for most community groups.

During COVID, we were still able to keep in touch and continue to play our music. Music Director Duncan Clement organised for us to able to rehearse in isolation via zoom.

We had 'two lounge room concerts' - Duncan emailed out the music and we each recorded our part, and sent to Duncan, who then put the music tracks together.

Check us out on our PSCB face book site playing Aladdin and Titanic. It was an experience to play together this way via social media.

Since October, we have been back rehearsing at the band room. This year is our first time entry into the NSW Band Championships, and due to COVID all entries had to been videoed.

Saturday November 14 we won the D Section Hymn category, competing against four other bands.

We are very pleased with the win, and thank you Duncan for the entire organisation that was required. Check us out on Youtube NSW Band Championships 2020.

A NSW Creative Kids voucher can be used for PSCB membership or instrument hire; membership is $30 per school term and instrument hire is $25 per school term.

Our next Community playout will be at the Arts Revival Festival December 19th come along and have a listen.

We would love to be again playing Christmas Carols at the Nursing Homes; however, this is still pending due to COVID safety.

Sadly we will miss playing Up the Street in December, Christmas Street Parade and Christmas Carols. Bring on the 2022 Elvis Festival, when we will lead the street parade!

It does not matter at what level you can play or if you used to play an instrument or would like to learn, please come along and sit in on one of our rehearsals.

Rehearsals are on Tuesday from 7 - 9pm during school term, above the Pool Complex on Dalton Street.

Please contact Duncan Clement (Music Director) on duncanclement@hotmail.com or 0405 035 164.

Pictured above are: Duncan Clement, Liz MacRaild, Eliza Noakes, Ellen Tom, Annette and Lila Gascoigne, Esther Bruce, Amelia Leach, and Kayla and Andrew Hall.


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