Leeming Area Community Bands recruiting for new venture

Leeming Area Community Band members L to R - Barbara Morris, Christine Ang, Wafi Zainal, Jacqui Nielsen and Carla Italiano
Leeming Area Community Band members L to R - Barbara Morris, Christine Ang, Wafi Zainal, Jacqui Nielsen and Carla Italiano

WITH more than two decades of experience under its belt and having established a reputation as one of Perth’s premier amateur musical organisations, the Leeming Area Community Bands (LACB) is recruiting for a new training band.

Formed in 1996 by then Banksia Park Primary School music teacher Phil Arnold, the LACB now boasts almost 60 active members and has progressed in talent and expertise to the point that it won the B-Grade of the WA State Championships for concert bands for the past two years.

LACB secretary Tony Louden said the group now wanted to give the same learning opportunities available to its original members to a new group of adults.

“To our knowledge there are no other adult training community concert bands in Perth and we feel strongly that this implies an underserved need which we can meet,” Mr Louden said.

“We will draw on our experience and knowledge of adult community band development to help aspiring performers develop their skill and experience levels in a supportive group environment.

“We will also offer opportunities for progression into our other ensembles if members wish to do so and can meet the musical requirements of the ensemble.”

The training band will meet at the Leeming High School Performing Arts Centre every Saturday morning from 10am to 11am during school term time.

All band members will need to bring their own instruments and LACB musical director Steve Harmer will lead members through the reading and playing of written music in a group environment.

Mr Louden said the training band would be expected to perform at least once in its first year and that when enough members reached a high enough standard and intermediate level band would be formed, creating a bridge between the training band and the established LACB.

“LACB’s purpose is to provide opportunities for musicians to join together to perform varied, interesting and fun music for both personal and public enjoyment while fostering the development of musicianship in a positive and supportive environment,” Mr Louden said.

For more information visit www.lacb.org.au, email lacb.bandowner@gmail.com or phone Mr Louden on 0447 869 717.