LIFE MEMBERS

MEMBER YEAR JOINED YEAR AWARDED
Don Scott ~1971 ~1981
Don Scott was a non- playing member of the SACB and fulfilled the role of Treasurer for 14 years.
 
Nancy Ovenden 1971 1986

Nancy Ovenden was the band's original music director and re-joined the band in 1976.  Nancy continued to be an active playing member of Southern Area Concert Band until her death on January 24, 2010.  A fitting tribute to Nancy's Life can be found here.

Obituary
It is with much heartfelt sadness that Southern Area Concert Band mourns the loss of one of our founding and life members, Mrs. Nancy Ovenden who passed away peacefully on the afternoon of January 24th, 2010 after a period of illness.
Nancy was honoured with life membership into the band in 1986, and was always happy to share her 60+ years of musical experience with anyone who asked.  She has provided a solid rock in the clarinet section of the band from when she re-joined the band in 1976, and as an instrumental music teacher, Nancy has continuously supplied the band with new members, the most recent of whom joined the band in December 2009.
Nancy's many years of dedication and support to the band and every member within the band, both past and present, will be sadly missed.  Rest in Peace Nancy.

In memory of Nancy's long time support for the band, the committee has voted to create the "Nancy Ovenden Perpetual Trophy" .  This trophy will be awarded each year at the Annual General Meeting to a worthy recipient that shows the characteristics that Nancy displayed - dedication to the band, musicianship and commitment to community music making. 

 
Craig Seymour September 1976 1986

Craig Seymour retired from his position of Music Director of the SACB in 2005, and has since been honoured with the title of Emeritus Music Director for his years of service to the band and community music.

Obituary

It is with much heartfelt sadness that Southern Area Concert Band mourns the loss of our Emeritus Music Director and life members, Mr. Craig Seymour who passed away peacefully on August 26th, 2012.
Craig was honoured with life membership into the band in 1986, and devoted over thirty years of his life to the development of young musicians both through his work with Southern Area Concert Band, and his work through the Victorian Education Department as a specialist woodwind teacher, instructor and musician.
It will be difficult for anyone to replace Craig's many years of dedication to the band prior to his retirement, and his contribution will always be remembered.  Rest in Peace Craig.


In memory of Craig's time support for the band, the committee has voted to create the "Craig Seymour Perpetual Trophy" .  This trophy will be presented each year at our AGM to a worthy recipient from out Training Band that shows the characteristics that Craig displayed - dedication to the band, musicianship and commitment to community music making. 

 
Tracy Videon-Gunn February 1978 1988
Tracy Gunn joined the band in 1978 playing euphonium, and continued on to the position of assistant conductor.
 
Geoff Field May 1982 1992
Geoff Field joined the band in 1982 playing percussion. He has held the role of property officer for many years, and is still an active playing member of the band.
 
Darryn Wright 1997 2013
Darryn Wright joined the band as an alto saxophone player in 1997 after moving to Melbourne from Tasmania.  During his time in the band, Darryn has also played flute, percussion and tenor saxophone.  He became President in 1999 and held this position in the band until taking over the Music Director's role in 2007, making Darryn the band's longest serving President.
 
Jeremy de Korte 1988 2013
Jeremy de Korte joined the band in 1988 as a young oboe player and has been a continuous member ever since, including periods of time while he was working as a music teacher in regional Victoria and New South Wales.  Jeremy was instrumental in the formation of the Southern Area Training Band, which commenced operation in 2006 under Jeremy's very capable baton.  Jeremy has also served the band as assistant conductor of the concert band.  Jeremy is still an active playing member of the band.

Other Historical Information about Southern Area Concert Band...

Trophies and Awards     Past Event List     Nancy Ovenden Perpetual Trophy   Craig Seymour Perpetual Trophy
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