On Tuesday the 28th August Brass on the Birdsville

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					                                            Friends of the Band

Newsletter No. 49

Editor: Senior Constable Roger Downton        The Band of the South Australia Police

                                   Brass on the Birdsville
                                            By Constable David Gardiner            The concert featured a
On Tuesday the 28           th
                          August                                                   couple of Baroque works,
the SAPOL Brass Quintet embarked on a tour of the the Symphony for Brass by Victor Ewald and Suite
far north of South Australia and the Flinders Ranges.    from the Monteregian Hills by Morley Calvert.
The tour was organised by Di Laidlaw (Minister for Fortunately, the audience seemed to enjoy our
Transport and the Arts) along the same lines as the selection of music and after the concert there was a
“Strings on the Stre zleki Tour” 2 years previously, table covered with cans of beer that were placed
which utilised the Australian String Quartet. This there for the 6 of us by some grateful listeners. We
time they decided that they would tour the Birdsville all agreed that this was a most appropriate way for
Track and came up with the slogan “Brass on the someone to show their appreciation of our
Birdsville”, hence the entry of the SAPOL Brass performance and so as to avoid offending the locals,
Quintet into the scenario. The purpose of these tours we felt it our duty to partake of their generosity.
was to bring live music to some of South Australia’s The morning after saw us travelling to Mungeranie,
most remote communities and perform it in the most a five-hour journey on unsealed roads, which took us
unusual surroundings.                                    to the foot of Lake Eyre South and onto Marree for
The Quintet comprised Paul West and Andrew Barnett: lunch, then we headed north up the Birdsville Track
trumpets, Nigel Davies: French horn, David Gill: tuba to Mungeranie. The only sign of civilisation at
and myself (David Gardiner) on trombone as well as Mungeranie is the pub, which doubles as a service
Adam Buckley who was the lighting and sound station and the airstrip with a solitary hangar. We
technician. The rest of the tour company consisted of performed on the back of an old rusty Blitz mail
various state and regional managers and marketing truck, which looked as though it hadn’t seen service
personnel of Transport SA along with a journalist and for decades. Paul and Adam worked a miracle with
photographer from the Advertiser.                        some coloured lights, to really brighten the area up,
Blue sky greeted us in Port Augusta on the Tuesday all that was needed was an audience and, to our
morning, a welcome break after the deluge that amazement, by nightfall, the area surrounding the
Adelaide had endured the days before our departure. old truck was dotted with tents and numerous
We left Port Augusta in a convoy of 8 four wheel vehicles belonging to travellers on their way to the
drives and headed for Roxby Downs. We made good Birdsville Races. Our performance was well
time, despite the fact that one of the 4WDs had an received and we were grateful for a beautiful starlit
altercation with an emu. We performed 2 concerts at sky and not even a hint of breeze. After the
the Roxby Downs Area School before undertaking a         performance it was off to the campfire and
tour of the Olympic Dam Mine processing plant. It eventually to our swags.
was then off to Andamooka to play an evening concert After a night sleeping under the stars many of us
at the local pub (Opal Hotel). We were unsure of what felt that a shower would brighten us up, however
kind of reception we would receive from the locals as this was not advised as the water is drawn from
most of the music consisted of brass quintet repertoire. natural springs and is highly sulphurous, smelling
                                                                                            Continued on page 5

                                         F.O.T.B. October 2001 Newsletter
From the desk of the Director of Music…
                                                   Sen. Sgt. Doug Drysdale
Dear Friends,                                          Many thanks to the families and friends who
                                                      travelled far and wide to see South Australia’s Police
We are moving nearer to the festive season and the performing on the world stage.
end of this busy year. SAPOL and the Band of the
South Australia Police were, once again, the At the same time, with the increase of crime and
showcase to the rest of the world with their devastation around the world, the Band is once again
involvement in the Sensational Adelaide International under review. This is a standard process in which the
Police Tattoo.                                        performance of each section of the Police Department
                                                      is assessed individually. The Band continues to
The Sensational Adelaide International Police Tattoo relentlessly fly the flag for SAPOL and South
was an outstanding success and a job well done by Australia. The Band will endeavour to carry out roles
Sergeant Ken Ekin and the Tattoo Team. An audience in policing and assisting SAPOL with its Crime
of over 25,000 which attended the 5 performances Reduction Strategies, as do other Police Bands in
were thrilled by the Bands, Mounted Operations Unit Australia and around the world.
and Canadian Mounties and other SAPOL
Representatives who were very well received and Once again, it was pleasing
each performed to a very high international standard. for us to see so many of you at
                                                      the International Police Tattoo
From the first day of rehearsals at the Police and we look forward to
Academy many new friends were made within the entertaining you at coming
cast of the Tattoo and many different stories will be performances by the Band of
told for years to come. People came from all over the South Australia Police.
Australia to see this marvellous major international
event and as Director of Music, I could not have been Doug Drysdale
more proud of our Band and all of the people Senior Sergeant
involved.                                             DOM

       Melbourne Cup                                    Dick Smith Food Hamper Raffle
         Luncheon                                      At the Royal Show, the Dick Smith Food Hamper
                                                       Raffle display attracted a great deal of interest.
           Tuesday Nov 6th at 12 noon.
                                                       Enclosed with this Newsletter is the order form, as
                                                       promised. It’s a great prize—one basket of goodies
         Carina Buffet Family Restaurant
                                                       valued at $100 for every 100 books sold— and just in
               200 Commercial Rd
                                                       time for Christmas, too!
                  Port Adelaide

                                                        Long Distance Greetings
       $10 per person (includes tea & coffee)
                    drinks extra
           (bottomless soft drinks $2.50)
                                                       A SPECIAL GREETING to our overseas and
   Wear your best Melbourne Cup hat!                   interstate Friends. We know that you may not attend
                                                       any of our concerts, but we appreciate your interest in
      Bookings are essential so please ring:           following our progress in the Newsletter, and we
   Marjorie - 8344 8660 or Claire - 8261 9085          value your support. Currently we have 5 overseas
                by October 31st.                       Friends (in Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Holland
                                                       and Ireland) and 22 interstate Friends.

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                           Gig & Concert Guide
                  October                                                January
Wed 3      Unley Seniors Week Concert
           Goodwood Community Centre Hall                  The Band is taking a well earned break
           10 am -12 noon (Dixie & Brass groups)
Fri 12     Senior Citizens’ Concert
           2.15 pm Mt Barker                       Tues 5          Senior Citizens’ Concert
                                                                   12.30 pm. Adelaide Town Hall.
                                                                   Free tickets: Jan 31 - Town Hall
Tues 16    Senior Citizens’ Concert
           12.30 pm. Adelaide Town Hall.           Fri 15          Christ Church Concert
           Free tickets: Oct 9 at Town Hall                        7.30 pm 1708 Main South Rd
                                                                   O’Halloran Hill .

Sat 27     Gladstone Police Ball                   Thurs 21        Willochra Home Aux. Conce rt
           Tickets: Gladstone Police Station                       7.00 pm Crystal Brook Institute Hall

Sun 28     Lunchtime at the Institute              Sun 24          Riverton Community Hall Concert
           Yakka Institute                                         2.00 pm
Sat 3      Camp Quality Ball
           Veneto Club. Tickets: Louanne           Fri 1           Tea Tree Gully Lions Club Concert
           phone: 8341 6760                                        7.00 pm Banksia Park Primary School.

Tues 6     Cleve Rural Watch Concert               Sat 2           Safety House Concert
           7.30 pm Cleve Town Hall                                 6.30 pm Government House

Sat 10     Credit Union Christmas Pageant          Fri 8           Neighbourhood Watch Concert
                                                                   6.30 pm Goodwood Orphanage.
Wed 14     Julia Farr Centre Conce rt
           (postponed till 20 March 2002)          Sun 10          Clarendon Community Ass. Conce rt
                                                                   Clarendon Park.
                December                                                 (not confirmed)
                                                   Wed 20          Julia Farr Centre Conce rt
Wed 12     Christmas Concert                                       Evening Concert (details later)
           7.30 pm. Adelaide Town Hall.
           Tickets at Bass                         Sat 23          Caravan Club Rally
                                                                   Concert: 2.00 pm
Fri 14     Carols at the Academy                                   Police Academy Taperoo
           7.30 pm Police Academy, Taperoo
                                                         Details are correct at time of printing, but
                                                    unavoidable alterations and cancellations can occur.
   “Merry Christmas to all our Friends!”

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                                       In Review . . .
 The Band of the South Australia Police has performed at these venues since August 1st 2001.
 SCHOOL BEAT BANDS                                       SAXOPHONE GROUP
 Hills Christian Community School                        Tea Tree Gully Retirement Village
 Our Lady Queen of Peace School                          Netley Complex Opening
 Our Lady of Grace School
 Flaxmill Schools                                        GUEST SPEAKER
 Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School                    Albert Park Fellowship Group
 Bethesda Christian College                              Christies Beach Neighbourhood Watch
 Cardinia Catholic School
 St John the Baptist Catholic School                     BRASS QUINTET
 Catherine McAuley School                                SAPOL Medal Presentation
 Good Shepherd Lutheran School                           SAPOL Medal Presentation
 St Peters Woodlands Junior Primary                      Narooma Retirement Village
 Portside Christian School                               Brass on Birdsville (7 Performances)
                                                         SAPOL Medal Presentation
 PARADE BAND                                             SAPOL Medal Presentation
 SAPOL Graduation Parade                                 SAPOL Certificates of Recognition
 SAPOL Graduation Parade
 SAPOL Graduation Parade                                 ROCK BAND
 International Police Tattoo (5 Performances)            Underdale High School
 National Police Remembrance Day                         Kildare College
 Alexandrina Federation Celebration                      Marion Shopping Centre (Convoy for Kids)
                                                         Flinders Medical Centre
 DIXIE GROUP                                             Roseworthy College (Gawler Police)
 25 years Celebration (Rundle Mall)                      Mt Barker High School

The ‘In Review’ list is shorter this issue due to the heavy rehearsal schedule the Band endured for its variety
of involvements in the Sensational Adelaide International Police Tattoo.

Results of the Sensational Adelaide International                         Baker’s Delight
Police Tattoo raffle, drawn recently, are as follows:    In the last issue we asked you to guess which one of
                                                         the Band’s musicians played the catchy jingle for
1st prize winner:                                        the Baker’s Delight advertisement - it featured a
                                                         trumpet playing the tune. If you guessed that it was
Phillippa Hendrickson.
                                                         Andrew Barnett then you were correct.
(2 tickets to the SAI Police Tattoo)
                                                         Congratulations on a job well done Barney!
2nd prize winner: Barbara Stentiford
3rd prize winner: Margaret McKay                          Our postal address for “Friends” enquiries etc is:
4th prize winner: Diana Pickles
                                                                       The Friends of the Band
2nd—4th prize winners each won 2 tickets to the                            PO Box 10207
Band’s ever popular “Christmas Concert”.                               ADELAIDE BC 5000
                                                            When contacting by phone please ring Marjorie:
Congratulations to the lucky prize winners and thank
you to all who bought tickets and supported the Band.                      (08) 8207 4096
(Better luck next time!)                                                  Weekdays 2 - 4 pm

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                        Five Years In Between
                           By Constable Jacqueline Hatcher

We have just welcomed Robbie Booth back into the Band - he was the successful
applicant who replaced our recently retired trumpeter Derek Dalton, but what did he
do in the five years while he was away?
Robbie left the Band to further his studies overseas, at the world renowned Berklee
College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He majored in the Performance and
Arranging      of Music, achieving a Diploma in Contemporary Writing and
Thereafter followed a three month stint teaching in London schools and then onto
Los Angeles, where he spent six months freelancing and learning about the Industry
in one of the largest Music centres of the world.
Before his return to Australia, Robbie spent nine months working in bands on large Cruise ships, sailing to
destinations including the Caribbean, Alaska, France, Bermuda etc. Even now he still recruits musicians for
the Canadian based Agency for cruise ships.
On his return, Robbie settled in Melbourne for a year teaching in schools and University as well as freelance
Following another contract on a cruise ship he returned to audition for the job as trumpet player in the Police
Band, which he won and we are very pleased to have him back with his added skills.

                            ….Brass on the Birdsville
Continued from page 1

something like a septic tank. As we were going to be spending 2 hours with one another in the confines of a
4WD we all opted to shower at the next stop – Marree.
At Marree our entourage met up with Emergency Services Minister Robert Brokenshire’s group who were
also touring the region. We performed a short concert for the local primary school and kindergarten students
in the afternoon and an evening performance on the now disused railway platform.
The following morning we travelled south to Lyndhurst, Leigh Creek and Copley where we sampled the
local bakery’s quondong pies. We travelled further south to Parachilna where we spent the afternoon driving
through the breathtaking Brachina Gorge. We arrived at the Parachilna Hotel safely despite having almost
lost one of the 4WDs on a steep track. Some level headed driving managed to ensure that the quintet still
had a tuba player to perform with. It was planned to have the quintet perform under the verandah from
Brachina Gorge the rain had settled in, so, it was decided to adjourn to the dining room. This was our final
concert and there was a real party atmosphere in the hotel especially as Di Laidlaw was celebrating her 50th
birthday the following day.
Editor’s note: A special thank you goes to the Advertiser Newspaper for allowing us to reproduce the photo in
this Newsletter

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     Tattoo Comments                                                Tattoo Video
             Tattoo Comments                                                A video of the
                                                         Sensational Adelaide International Police Tattoo
We invite you to write to us and comment on the
                                                                        will soon be available.
Sensational Adelaide International Police Tattoo.
                                                              Those wishing to acquire one should contact
We would like to know whether you liked it, hated
it, loved it or even if you fell asleep during any of       The Police Historical Society
the performances.                                                           on this number
If you feel the urge to put pen to paper (or finger to                     8207 4099
keyboard) here’s your chance—tell us what acts you
adored and which ones you abhorred.                            Please ring on Thursdays only
Write to:
Marjorie (Friends of the Band)
Band of the South Australia Police
PO Box 10207                                                       Did you know..
Adelaide BC 5000                           ..this newsletter is mailed out to:
ED: (We may place a couple in the next Newsletter).
                                           2712 addresses in SA,
                                           23 addresses interstate,
CONGRATULATIONS!! 5 addresses overseasthe Police Dept?            and
Congratulations to Adam Buckley (Clarinet, 36 addresses within
Sax and Sound and Publications) on his
recent promotion to Senior Constable. Adam             Christmas Concert
was successful in attaining the Stage Have you got your tickets yet? They are selling fast.
Manager position on the retirement of Derek Probably the most popular of all our concerts— it
Dalton earlier this year.                         shouldn’t be missed. See you there!!

      The Australian Central Credit Union Community Lottery

The Australian Central Credit Union Community Lottery is held every year from mid-January to mid- May,
and is drawn in June. Once again we will be participating in this lottery, but we will need to know in
November how many books to order. For this next lottery we are only ordering books for Friends who request
them. We will not be selling them at concerts or in shopping centres. If you would like to order one or more
books please fill in the order form below, and post to: PO Box 10207, Adelaide BC, SA 5000.
Money is not needed until after you receive the books next January.

I would like to order …….. Australian Central Credit Union Community Lottery books at
$10 each.
                              (No money required yet)
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