SOUTHERN AREA CONCERT BAND HISTORY

A Brief History...

Southern Area Concert Band commenced operation in 1971 as an extension activity for school students who wanted a challenge outside of school music. The first music director of SACB was Nancy Ovenden who was succeeded by Craig Seymour in 1975.

The initial committee of management of the SACB was made up of parents of the band members. These dedicated individuals managed the band on meagre finances (by today's standards), and various shifts in venues. They also presided over a period of growth and established a firm direction for the band to follow. Around the 1980's saw another period of change when the initial school students became older and still wanted to play in the band. A decision was made to allow them to stay on and the SACB made the transition from being a band as an extension of school bands, into a full community band. This also brought about changes in the band's organisational structure. Where the first committees were parents of band members, later committees comprised of the band members themselves, which has continued to this day.

In the 1980's and 1990's SACB went through a period of growth where the band sometimes had up to 70 members on the books, and upon joining the Victorian Bands' League enjoyed considerable competition success in 'A' grade and 'B' grade championships. This extended to National Band Championships where the band became the champion National B grade band on a few occasions. The band undertook successive tours to Adelaide and Sydney to compete in the National Championships.

With the change of century brought about another transition with SACB, and we saw new directions to follow and new changes in band structure. Craig Seymour, who faithfully led the band for over 30 years, retired from his position of Music Director in 2005 which led to Darryn Wright being appointed the new MD of SACB.

In 2005 SACB made a decision to start a Training Band, which was designed for musicians of upper primary/lower secondary level, and musicians who were coming back into playing their instruments. Jeremy de Korte led the training band from its inception until handing the reigns to Eve Macleod in mid 2008 after Jeremy's resignation.  Eve continued to conduct the Training Band until the end of 2009, when Trevor Cartwright was asked to step into the position after Eve's resignation.  From December 2011 to 2013 the Training Band was led by Jenny Corcoran, followed by Nicole Marshall and Jacinta Ewers from the beginning of 2015.

The Southern Area Concert Band will celebrate it's 50th anniversary in 2021.

 
Craig Seymour
Mr. Craig Seymour
Emeritus Musical Director - Southern Area Concert Band
Craig Seymour was Musical Director of the Southern Area Concert Band for over 30 years and was an enthusiastic advocate. A graduate of Eastern Washington University, USA, Craig retired from his full time position with the Victoria Education Department as a specialist woodwind instructor, conductor and accompanist in 2005.  Craig had studied conducting under (the late) Robert Rosen here in Australia, and Carmen Dragon in the United States. Craig was a Life Member of the Southern Area Concert Band.

Craig Seymour retired from the position of Music Director of the Southern Area Concert Band in 2006, and has since been honoured with the title of Emeritus Music Director for his years of service to the band and community music.

Other Historical Information about Southern Area Concert Band...

Life Members Trophies and Awards Past Event List Honour Roll Nancy Ovenden Perpetual Trophy Craig Seymour Perpetual Trophy

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