17th March 2020 - Making Hard Decisions
It pains us to say that we have made the difficult decision to cancel band rehearsals until Easter, after which the Management Committee will reassess the situation based on the latest AHPPC advice available.
We will unfortunately also be postponing our Quiz Night (April 4), our Proms in the South (May 23) and our Band Camp (July 4-5).
The Band shares your disappointment at the postponing of these events however a prudent approach to community and member safety must prevail at this time.
We encourage all members to reach out as much as they need to during this time, and will ensure as a Band we maintain communication and check in on our members who may be vulnerable.
The Management Committee will continue to monitor the situation and the latest health advice, and will meet remotely as required to ensure the best continued action for the Band, its members and the community.
Thank you for your ongoing support
14th March 2020 - Alert But Not Alarmed
The Onkaparinga City Concert Band is remaining alert but not alarmed as we all navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The health and wellbeing of our members and the community remains our top priority. At this stage, rehearsals and performances with fewer than 500 people will go ahead as planned.
We are encouraging members to wash their hands often, especially after handling common property such as music stands, and to stay home if unwell.
OCCB News & Updates
Unfortunately due to Covid-19 we are unable to continue rehearsals and performances but that doesn't mean we aren't staying active.
Check us out below to see what we have been up to during this uncertain time.
20th March 2020 - Zooming In
Thanks to the leadership of our Musical Director Terry Bickley, we aren't letting social distancing distance our band!
We have replaced our Friday night rehearsals with video chats, and are experimenting with playing together as well as just taking the opportunity to catch up and check in.
We're working hard to make sure that our members know they're not isolated or alone during these uncertain times.
Stay well everybody
3rd April 2020 - Moving Forward
Facing an undetermined and unmeasurable time away from rehearsals we have come up with several ways to keep the band motivated and active.
There is now a weekly newsletter emailed our to band members that includes some fun facts and a profile of a band member to help us connect and get to know some of the members we may not get a chance to talk too.
A fortnightly competition where members post a video of them selfs playing a tune to a certain theme has also been a great way for members to stay motivated and keep playing.
We are also continuing to catch up on Friday nights via Zoom, these sessions include playing together. While difficult to do our Musical Director Terry Bickley has come up with an ingenious technique where members play to a recording and Terry hears the final results.
We have also implemented an idea we call Musical Story Time, where members play a piece of music they treasure and then tell the story behind why the piece is important to them.
We end every Zoom session with everyone checking in and updating the band on life, the universe and everything.
Thank you all and stay safe.
10th April 2020 - Playing to a Theme
We are hosting a fortnightly competition within our band for members to help keep them playing and engaged.
Each fortnight a theme is announced, our first theme was movies! Our first competition was met with great enthusiasm from members with some wonderful renditions of movie themes being played. These included movies such as Beaches, Ratatouille and Mission Impossible.
The first winner was one of our flutist Petria Low, with The Sound of Music. Her performance was beautifully played and included her dressing to the theme and even hand drawing a background (not surprisingly her background was green hills).
Our Illustrious leader Terry Bickley has even had a chance to get in and be creative.
Stay well and we hope you enjoy.
19th April 2020 - Love is in the Air
Our fortnightly competition has been going gangbusters with plenty of entries to our competition this round. With the theme of 'Love Songs' our members put up some creative entries including
Love Shack and Elton Johns 'Can you feel the Love'.
One rendition of 'Can You Feel the Love' even had a video of a Lego reenactment to accompany the music.
The winners of this round however are real life love birds, having met each in the band and are now set to be married later this year. With the Song 'Cant help Falling in Love' by Elvis Presley, our winners are Claire and Brandon.
All of our winners receive a prize for their efforts and we have been lucky enough to have been provided these by Size Music. Size has been generous enough to donate four $25 Gift vouchers, one for each winner.
We hope you're safe and well.
25th April 2020 - Anzac Day
It is the first ANZAC Day in memory we haven't participated in the Morphett Vale RSL Dawn Service and the Adelaide Commemorative March, however we still managed to pay our respects for this important day.
At least 14 of our players sounded the Last Post and Rouse/Reveille from streets around Onkaparinga at dawn. Some on unorthodox instruments, and many for whom this will likely be a once in a lifetime chance to make such a contribution to even the smallest of driveway services. I am moved and proud.
Our President Nick Miller was one our members who played for his street at 6am. After playing for his street he moved to Christies Beach to play at Sunrise. The Video is available below.
Lest we forget.
21st May 2020 - Singing in the Secret
Our musical competition within the band continues with the latest winners (another band couple) putting together an amazing arrangement of the main theme from the video game Arcanum.
The competition theme this week was a double header, Video Games or Tv Themes. There were some great entries including an interesting solo played on the ocarina of the video game 'The Legend of Zelda'. The theme from neighbours was played also by the sister of an actor who has previously been on the show.
Chelsea and Chris Bickley recording of Arcanum Main Theme:
All the while, in the background we have been working on other ways to stay busy and engaged throughout this interesting time in history. With the aid of the amazing technical skills of our Musical Director Terry Bickley we have been compiling a video recording of our members playing 'together' from their respective residences.
We will bring you more updates of our recording and band activities in the coming weeks.
21st June 2020 - Getting Closer
With government restrictions recently being eased we are one step closer to resuming rehearsals and we will let you all know as soon as we return!
We have been working tirelessly behind the scenes on a whole band recording done from the comfort of our own homes. Our fearless musical leader Terry Bickley has been compiling everyones recordings together into one big musical masterpiece. We are also creating a video masterpiece to go along with the audio masterpiece and this will be released as soon as possible.
Hope your all keeping safe!
29th June 2020 - Thrilled to be Back
We are thrilled to announce that we are resuming rehearsals from this Friday July 3!
We will be taking every precaution to protect all our members but are happy to be able to make music again as a group!
Thanks for everyone's support during these unprecedented times - we look forward to being able to safely get back out into the community hopefully sooner rather than later.
26th June 2020 - Singing' in the Rain
Without further ado we are pleased to announce the completion of our major covid-hiatus project. Singin' in the Rain - Our own iteration of a whole band performance from the comfort and safety of our own homes.