COVID - 19
Due to the increasing presence of the Coronavirus in NSW, the band has suspended both its rehearsals and performances until a date as yet to be determined.
Although this is disappointing to us all, we need to adhere to government regulations and practice 'social distancing', which is simply not possible in a band situation. It's up to all of us to help 'flatten the curve' and prevent this virus from spreading quickly in our community and therefore overwhelming the hospital system.
The suspension of our activities gives all band members time to practice all of our pieces so that when we return we'll be better than ever!
Welcome to 2020
The band has completed a very succesful year, our first under the leadership of Musical Director Dr Mark Pinner. We look forward to 2020 when we will again be presenting concerts at Adamstown Uniting Church, and be part of the East Coast Band Championships. We invite anyone to come along and join us at our practice sessions which recommence on Wednesday 22nd January at Valentine Public School. Please aim to arrive at 7pm so that everyone is ready to start rehearsals at 7.15pm.
Our first concert will be held at Adamstown Uniting Church on Sunday 3rd May in conjunction with the PCYC Brass Band. It promises to be an entertaining afternoon! More details to come.
The end is near....
The end of the year is upon us! Our next performance will be at the Valentine Bowling Club on Wednesday 11th December (see details below)
2 days later you can catch us at the Christmas Carols evening hosted by Valentine Public School on Friday 13th December. All welcome to attend. The evening starts at 5.30pm.
We will finish the year with our annual visit to Bolton Point RSL Retirement village on Wednesday 18th December. The band always enjoys playing for the audience at Bolton Point (and appreciates the wonderful supper provided for us afterward!).
Lake Macquarie Winds Solos night
This event will be held at the Valentine Bowling Club on Wednesday 11th December.
We are starting off with dinner in the Club Bistro from 6.30pm, then we are going to the Club Function room to put on a concert featuring individuals and groups from within the band for around 90 minutes.
There will be no charge for the concert and all are welcome (donations will be accepted).
Hunter Regional Band Association's 'Bands in the Park'
The band played at the HRBA's day at Speers Point Park on Saturday 9th November. Despite the hot and windy conditions (with the added hinderance of smoke from a nearby bushfire) the day was a success. Various bands showcased their talents providing entertainment for the many park visitors, including those in attendance at the local markets.
Congratulations to ...
all band members who played in our combined concert with Sax Blue on Sunday afternoon. We were complimented by many in the audience on our performance. From Buddy Holly to Jazz, the 1980s and the 1990s, we played it all!
Special congratulations go to our clarinet player Kiara who was presented with this year's Scholarship Award. Well done Kiara, and well deserved.
At the end of 2018 we farewelled our Musical Director Steve Walter who has given an amazing 13 years to our band. Steve has been an inspiring, patient and dedicated Musical Director and we thank him for all of his work. He left the band in excellent shape and our new Musical Director, Mark Pinner, started in January 2019. Mark brings a wealth of experience to the role. Mark is a conductor, performer, teacher and musicologist and cultural historian. His career as a professional musician has spanned nearly four decades. He performs on saxophone, bassoon, clarinet, flute, piccolo and piano. Mark is also a musical director with experience in conducting operas, musicals and orchestras. As a teacher, Mark has lectured, and tutored at university level and has taught in high schools, and primary schools. Band members are excited to have Mark as our new Musical Director and look forward to continued success under his guidance.
2019 East Coast Band Championships
On Sunday 9th June the band participated in the East Coast Band Championships. The competition took place at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, Cnr Laman and Auckland Sts, Newcastle.
In the morning session, the band was placed first in our section. We scored highly on both our hymn, The Old Hundredth, and our own chosen piece, Variations on a Korean Folk Song.
We look forward to participating in the competition again next year. Our members have enjoyed the challenge of preparation and have shown great levels of committment over the past few months. Thanks must also go to Mark, our new Musical Director, for his passion and enthusiasm in ensuring that the band members were playing at their best for the competition.
ANZAC Day 2019
On April 25th the band played at 2 commemorative Anzac Day services at Valentine : at 9.30am at Valentine Park, and at 12noon at Valentine Bowling Club.
Members of the band were honoured to have been part of both ceremonies.
Lake Macquarie Winds has co-hosted this event each year with the Valentine Public School, usually on a Sunday early-mid September .
Bandits (Band Day in the School) provides local schools with a venue for their bands to play to an appreciative audience in a friendly environment.
Last year the day featured bands from the Valentine, Warners Bay High, Floraville, Coal Point, and Belmont High schools.
Unfortunarely, this year only two other school bands indicated an interest in performing on the day and the decision was made to not run the event this year.
Hopefully, next year may see the revival of this great opportunity to display the enormous talent within the school system.
Donate to the Band
Lake Macquarie Winds has been granted deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status by the Australian Taxation Office.
DGR status means that any donations made to the band (of more than $2) can allow the donor to claim that donation as a tax deduction.
We operate a Public Fund into which such donations are deposited for this purpose, and encourage the public to doante.
Band rehearsals are held at the Valentine Public School from 7.15pm on Wednesday nights in the school term.
New players, at any level, are always welcome.
Band Committee Meetings - First Wednesday of the month 6:15pm in the Band Room. All welcome! See you there!
LMW on YouTube!
Lake Macquarie Winds has hit the big time!! We now have a dedicated You Tube channel to use to promote our band. Click on the link here to visit our channel, or open YouTube and search for "Lake Macquarie Winds"