The YP Combined Schools Concert Band made their annual pilgrimage to Balaklava last Friday, August 5, for the 2016 Balaklava Eisteddfod.
Students, staff and community members travelled from far across the Yorke Peninsula, meeting at the Balaklava Institute for a 4.40pm performance, the last of the day.
The band competition has three divisions: Junior, Senior and Open. The Concert Band is in the open division as our group includes teachers and adult community members. Prizes are awarded in each division and their is an overall winner selected from the three division winners.
In keeping with the Japanese theme of our school production and the ongoing Japanese Exchange, we chose to showcase two Japanese style songs and the make our newly acquired Taiko drums the centrepiece of our performance. The ensemble rose to the challenge of these orientally flavoured pieces and delivered an emotive, dynamic and moving performance. The two Japanese songs were complemented with a contemporary pop piece, 'Fireflies' which also impressed with its intricate counterpoint and subtle rhythmic qualities.
The band placed second in their division, and fourth over the whole competition.
They received an Honourable Mention for their 'beautiful colours', 'lovely musical style' and a 'fine and enjoyable performance'.
With only three points separating the band from the first placed ensemble, our young performers and adult mentors can be very proud of their achievement.
Congratulations also go to Year 12 flute student Sherida Borghouts for placing second in the open instrumental soloist section at the Eisteddfod.
Thanks go to her accompanist Frances Dennis for playing with her and for supporting Sherida throughout this year.
Thanks as always to our inspirational conductor Deb Schwartz for all the work you put it in as teacher, mentor and leader.
Thank you to the staff from each school - Lori McClelland, Carol Wilkin, Sarah Townsend and Kelly Whittaker - who support our students, transport them to and from rehearsals and play in band.
Thanks go as well to community members Di Morgan, Lin Morris, Helen Stockings and Peter Stockings for playing and transporting all our musical equipment and to Malcolm and Linda Kinch for their ongoing support.