In The Media
Respected member of the brass band community, Keith Ford, received a well-deserved award on Australia Day 2016. The Huffers and Puffers founder was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Read the article from the Whittlesea Leader (26 Janurary 2016) below:
THE founder of Huffers and Puffers, a band for retired musicians, has received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) today.
Keith Ford, 86, was recognised for his life long dedication to community bands.
The Mill Park resident first picked up an instrument at the age of eight when he played the tenor horn in the West Coburg State School band.
Mr Ford has been part of a number of bands over the years including the Moreland City Brass Band, formerly Brunswick City Municipal Band, Coburg City Band, Greater Bendigo Concert Brass Band, Heidelberg Brass Band and the Victorian Bands League.
“Plenty of things stand out. Winning our first B Grade championship at the Australian National Championships with the Brunswick Brass Band,” he said.
Another highlight for Mr Ford was his involvement with the youth training band program at Brunswick in 1967, which he ran through to the 1990s.
During this time he also helped set up the Victorian State Youth Brass Band.
“A motion was put up at the Victorian Bands League to start a Victorian State Youth Brass Band and I had something to do with that motion, I think I seconded the motion,” he said.
In 1993 Mr Ford founded the Huffers and Puffers Band, for retirees.
“There were six of us who started from the Brunswick City Municipal Band,” Mr Ford said. “We’re all retirees and we play at nursing homes and retirement villages.”
In 2002, Mr Ford gave up playing instruments and took up conducting.
“I’m not sure who nominated me, but I thank my supporters,” he said.
See below an excerpt of a review on Where do I Begin? The Voice of Shirley Bassey with the Footscray-Yarraville City Band led by Phillipa Edwards.
The Las Vegas showroom was dark. The band was ready. Then Shirley Bassey walked onstage, greeted the crowd like old friends, and a night of musical magic commenced. In truth, it wasn’t actually Vegas, and it wasn’t actually Shirley Bassey, but it sure felt like it was.
By: Margaret Wieringa, theatrepress.com.au
To read the full review click here.
To hear an excerpt from the show click here.
As you may be aware, the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police has taken the decision to ‘civilianise’ the Pipe Band and to disband the Victoria Police Showband and Code One (rock band),
We have been contacted by ‘Band Together’, who are the spouses, partners, family and supporters of the Victoria Police Bands and who have formed a support and advocacy group to reverse this decision and have the bands resourced appropriately (recruit a drummer and sound technician). The group is not affiliated with any organisation or political party, they simply want to support the Victoria Police Bands because they know they are a great Victorian community asset.
CORY Band, the current World ranked No 1 band will undertake their first tour to Australia from the 4th to the 16th of August 2013.
Be sure not to miss this brilliant and innovative brass ensemble during their 11 venue concert tour.
Tickets will be available from the 2nd of April 2013.
See brassdownunder.com.au for venues and ticket booking details
Box Hill City Band Inc is pleased to announce that our leadership group has been expanded to include the following new Musical Directors.
Dr. Matthew van Emmerik has been appointed as Musical Director of Box Hill City Band and Broden Ford has been appointed Musical Director of Whitehorse Brass. Continue reading