Valley band’s big day out

THE Derwent Valley Concert Band played a big part in yesterday’s Derwent Valley Autumn Festival, providing musical and visual entertainment as well as being among the long list of stallholders. Chief conductor Lyall McDermott said it was a wonderful day and a joy for the band to be able to perform for so many people, with the organisers estimating a crowd of about 15,000 in attendance.

“The Marching Band was splendid, and resplendent, and the Concert Band was delighted to welcome some old friends from community bands in Launceston and from the Huon,” Mr McDermott said. “The clarinet soloist was the incredibly talented Mr Angus Deeth whoses virtuosic performance amazed and delighted the audience … and what a lovely, receptive audience they were!”

Mr McDermott said perhaps the most fun on the day was had by the children who visited the Derwent Valley Concert Band stall to try out a few of the instruments available there. “There was such a range of incredible sounds coming out of that area all day thanks to the many musicians who on the stall and assisting the young players,” he said. “We are very much hoping that some of these children at least will arrive at the band rooms one day (very soon!) looking to learn an instrument and/or join a band.”

For more information about the Derwent Valley Concert band or to join one of its four bands, visit the website at

Spencer Hasson, 6, tries out a tuba.

Ivy Okenyo, 3, tries out a pBone (plastic trombone).
The larger than usual concert band with clarinet soloist Angus Deeth out front.

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