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Monumental Celebrations

The combined 2007 South Australian State Competitions and 150th Anniversary celebrations of the Tanunda Town Band scheduled for the weekend of 5-7 October 2007 will return to the traditional venue of the Tanunda Show Hall.

Tanunda 150 Years


The proposed schedule of events and details of the contest venues were amongst details confirmed earlier this month, at a special meeting between competition co-hosts The SA Band Association and The Tanunda Town Band.

This contest is essentially the SA State Competitions for 2007. However, the SABA is assisting the Tanunda Town Band to also make this event a Celebratory Contest for their 150th Anniversary. Tanunda is Australia’s, and indeed, the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest band, that has been in existence without a break.

The 150th Anniversary Competitions are now very much on the radar and with just a little over 10 months to go, organisers were keen to release some of the details for the 2007 Competitions.

We think this will be a great weekend for all and an invitation is extended to bands to come and experience some of that true 'Barossa' hospitality for which our band is renowned.Stephen John

It’s now confirmed that the venue of the weekend’s competitions, will return to the ‘Tanunda Show Hall’, or as it is colloquially known ‘The Tin Shed’ for the A Grade and B Grade sections of the 2007 Competitions. The Tanunda Show Hall, is a unique competition venue. The building is constructed of galvanised iron and is complete with shell grit floor.

South Australian Band Association President, Bruce Raymond, was on the mark when he earlier said: "The occasion will also provide wonderful memories for the Australian banding fraternity, many of whom played in their very first competition in the historic Tanunda Show Hall."

Historical Significance
The Tanunda Show Hall, is arguably not one of the best venue’s for a band contest. However, it does have significance from a historical point of view. Band competitions always used to be held in the Tanunda show hall and the marching (quick-step) took place on the adjoining oval. Acoustically it has issues, but it does improve when there is a sizeable audience in the hall.

There would tens of thousands of bandspersons of old that would have competed in the Tanunda Show Hall. Many stories circulate of competing in the shed, like the time in rained so hard on the roof, that the performing band was drowned out. For this occasion, it is about addressing the historical significance of banding in Tanunda.

Everyone attending the Barossa Valley will get a feel for the wonderful and unique contesting venue with an informal evening reception to be held in the Show Hall, Friday 5 October, 2007.

Late in the evening there will be a fireworks display from the oval which should wake the whole of Tanunda up — if they aren't already!

Competitions will commence Saturday 6 October with the traditional street march in Tanunda and the contesting for some grades begins in earnest shortly thereafter.

The C Grade and D Grade Sections will be held in a second venue, the Soldiers Memorial Hall, just a short walking away from the Tanunda Show Hall.

With the full days activities, being held in 2 venues, the Tanunda Show Hall and Oval will very much be the focal point and the local Barossa Band Festival Committee have plenty lined up for entertainment on the Oval, particularly over the scheduled lunch break, which will include a pipe band competition. Timed, of course, not to conflict with the performing brass bands inside.

Organisers plan to have the day’s competitions wrapped up and results delivered some time about 6.30pm on Saturday.

1857 Concert Re-enactment (and more partying!)
At 7.30 pm, The Tanunda Town Band will re-enact their first public performance that took place at the Tanunda Hotel on 6 October 1857 and that performance kick’s off a ‘street party’ in the main street of Tanunda. Jazz bands and/or musical groups located along Murray Street will provide the entertainment. It’s hoped there will be something for everyone.

The 2007 SA State Competitions will be one of the biggest band competitions in the Barossa Valley for many years. The Tanunda Town Band wanted the event to be as ‘traditional’ as possible for the many brass musicians, many of old who will remember travelling to Tanunda and contesting in the valley’s famous ‘tin shed’.

Book NOW!
The closing date entries to the SA State Competitions is the 25 August 2007. A number of interstate and overseas bands have expressed interest in attending, many have already booked accommodation in the Barossa Valley. It was this aspect that organisers stressed from the outset, that bands should attend to accommodation requirements at their earliest opportunity. Supporters and onlookers travelling to the Barossa Valley for the 2007 Competition are also urged to book in early for accommodation in Tanunda.

The 2007 SA State Competitions will be a great opportunity to experience Tanunda Town Bands hospitality. They are one of those bands we've come to come to expect for consistency and a respect for its long history. Its membership today is drawn from the Barossa Valley and nearby Adelaide. The band has a huge reputation for putting on a fine show — just ask YBS Band about their visit to Tanunda in 2005, and anyone who has attended one of the band's legendary 'Melodie-Nacht' performances!

Stephen John, Past President of the Tanunda Town Band said: "We think this will be a great weekend for all and an invitation is extended to bands to come and experience some of that true 'Barossa' hospitality for which our band is renowned."

Be there
Sounds like a monumental weekend of brass banding in all its forms not to be missed.

More information about Contest Tanunda 2007 can be found on the joint Tanunda/South Australian Band Association web site: www.contesttanunda2007.org

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