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Sophistication Meets The Band
June 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
SATURDAY 25 JUNE
Doors: 7.00pm Show: 7.30pm
Tickets: $25 18+ Event
Dean Doyle with Sophistication are very excited about their upcoming show with the Ballina Shire Concert Band.
After several years of our annual A Night at the Proms show with the Ballina Shire Concert Band and the Ballina Pipes and Drums, Sophistication has decided to add a dedicated Sophistication Meets the Band show to our calendar. Dean spent 15 years working in concert bands for the Army then the Airforce Bands so working with the BSCB is a real pleasure.
The show will feature sets from Dean with Sophistication including two magnificent piano solos from the fabulous Narelle Harris. Sets from the Ballina Shire Concert Band will include solos, ensemble pieces and songs with Dean. Lastly, some clever collaborations between Sophistication and the Band including a drum battle between Paul Belsham and Richard McCoy.
About the Ballina Shire Concert Band
The Ballina Band’s first public performance was in 1883 on vessel MV Florrie which presently resides at the Ballina Maritime Museum. This means the band is 140 years old and possibly the oldest band in Australia. A special concert to mark this milestone will be held next year.
For many years the Ballina Shire Concert Band has entertained residents in the Northern Rivers. It has performed as part of local Australia Day celebrations, every Anzac Day and until recently was a regular feature at the Ballina Markets.
The band has participated in a local pipe band tattoo, several Night at The Proms concerts and a recent flood relief fund raising concert. The band has close ties with local school bands, Lismore Concert Band and the Tweed Coast Concert Band.
The secret of the band’s success is its ability to keep attracting new players who move into the area. This is because the musical director Laurie Green constantly challenges the band with new and varied pieces.
Laurie is overseas at the moment, so tonight the band is led by Jim Hawkins, with years of experience conducting bands in the Royal Australian Navy.