MCB waiting to go on stage for the 2015 Adelaide Fringe Festival


Peter Milter

With the thermometer hovering around 40C this weekend, Mitcham City Brass were rolling up their costumed sleeves in the air-conditioned comfort of The Hungarian Club, Norwood to present their 2015 Fringe Concert show  “Animation Antics”. Dress was strictly costume only and from the pictures taken at the show, some members really got into theme!

“Prince Charming” alias MD Steve Packer kicked off the musical extravaganza with a Goff Richards arrangement of “The Flintstones” followed by the cry of “WILMA” from the band!

Paul Dukas’  the “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” featured in the Fantasia 1940 cartoon, transcribed by Steven Packer, was played complete with a back projected screen. In contrast Fantasia 2000, The Final Hymn from “The Firebird” was played with chorale precision.

Our first soloist of the evening Peter McIntyre gave an excellent rendition of Rossini’s “Largo Al Factotum” on the Euphonium. The Animation Antics theme had given the MD a lot of scope in the selection of music. It also gave him the opportunity of informing the audience of his encyclopaedic knowledge of the Disney cartoon creations!

Barry Gray’s “Thunderbirds” theme march followed.

We were then introduced to our guest singer Jasmine Garcia. Jasmine a young Adelaide music student and junior Broadway performer sang beautifully for the audience “Colours of the Wind” “Somebody to Love”, “Angel”, “Part of your World” from “the Little Mermaid”. Jasmine performed as our guest artist throughout our event.

The tempo increased with Alan Fernie’s arrangement of the theme to “Mission Impossible”.  “Hallelujah” from Shrek was beautifully played before our MD Steve picked up his new Eb bass and thrilled the crowd with an  up tempo version of “The Bare Necessities” conducted by Ian Collins dressed as the character  Dick Dastardly from Whacky Races!

“The Chicken Run” movie theme was next, complete with kazoo solos. The first half ended with the overture from “The Barber of Seville”, the band’s first ever live performance of the famous Rossini selection.

“The Incredibles” commenced the second half of music followed by our 5 member percussion section’s performance of the “Tarzan” soundtrack highlights. The magnificent sound of “Colours of the Wind” from Pocahontas, an arrangement by Frank Bernaerts, featured the soaring sounds of our euphonium and horn sections.

“Symphonic Highlights from Frozen” an arrangement by the American composer Stephen Bulla, provided an insight into modern cartoon film music arrangements, and was a clear favourite of those children present!

Jasmine Garcia featured again in the second half with numbers from the Disney shows.

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story proved an appropriate choice as 3 band members were in themed costume of Buzz Lightyear and Woody. “If I Didn’t Have You” from Pixars Monsters Inc, a computer animated comedy cartoon proved popular.

To end the concert the band pulled all the themes together with Goff Richards’ magnificent arrangement of “A Disney Fantasy”.

You can’t go home without an encore and so “On the Quarter Deck” got dusted off to advertise our next concert, “Tribute to the Anzacs” which will be held on Sunday 26 April, 2015.


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