Armadale City Concert Band gets ready to make some noise at National Band Championships


The Armadale City Concert band are preparing to compete at Nationals Band Championships.
The Armadale City Concert band are preparing to compete at Nationals Band Championships.

ARMADALE City Concert Band (ACCB) is set to take to the road for the first time in its history.

The musical maestros will be travelling to Launceston, Tasmania, over the Easter weekend to perform a challenging competition repertoire at the National Band Championships.

ACCB is the only band from Western Australia competing this year, with members from 14-years-old to 60-plus, and the hardworking team will be under the baton of Musical Director Amanda Johnson.

“We’re preparing ourselves to be judged against the national standard. It’s exciting, but daunting,” Ms Johnson said.

“There’s been some intense rehearsals… it’s a challenge everyone’s risen to, the standard is fantastic.”

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Ms Johnson said the band was not competing to win, but competing for personal improvement.

“The onus is on each individual player to bring what they’ve got to that moment. That’s what makes it so tremendously exciting and nerve-wracking,” Ms Johnson said.

She took over the Musical Director position from Don Cook in 2015, and said Mr Cook was a tour de force in the ACCB who believed in providing musical opportunities for the community.

“People love music for so many different reasons. For me personally, it’s being able to make music yourself. I think that’s a very strong thread for other people as well… being able to make it and share it with others,” said Ms Johnson

“Once it gets under your skin, there’s nothing like it. That love of music sustains you through your lifetime.”

While it may be the band’s first travel for performance, the ACCB has been heavily involved with the community for the past 30 years, performing at Araluen, the Kelmscott Show and events for their sponsors the City of Armadale.

It will be celebrating a milestone anniversary later in the year with a celebratory concert on July 1, and past players are encouraged to get in contact with the band at info@armadalecityconcertband.org.au.