Concert band visit worth the wait

In 2019, one year after the Living Choice Woodcroft leisure centre opened, resident Barry Nolan  emailed the Secretary of the Onkaparinga City Concert Band, with the hope of booking a concert for the residents. On Sunday 12th March, that request was fulfilled, much to the delight of the 130 residents that attended.

“I thought it would be great for the residents to hear a quality band in our new auditorium,” said Barry. “I arranged a visit but then the `dreaded’ COVID-19 arrived. The band wasn’t able to perform for the next two and a half years! Fortunately, I found the original email to the band late last year, so I tried again. They kindly and quickly agreed to my request to visit us in March this year and on 12th March, it happened. It was a long wait but it was worth it!”

The concert band comprised 29 musicians plus their conductor, Terry Bickly, and Barry said it was great to see such an enthusiastic presentation from a band which included a wonderful mix of ages and a large variety of instruments.

“There was rousing appreciation from our residents after each bracket of music. Their music consisted of Terry’s choices in the first half of the concert, followed by some popular 60’s, 70’s and 80’s music that I asked them, well before the concert, if they could play for us. They willingly played this music in the second half.

“After an hour and a half of beautiful music, the band ended with an ABBA bracket. Their performance was so loved and enjoyed by the residents that they asked if they could come back soon.

“It was a brilliant concert from a brilliant band of volunteers who exhibited talent, enjoyment and fun and who represent the District of Onkaparinga so well. Terry told me and the audience that the venue was one of the best they had played in and that the acoustics were perfect for his band. Good news for Living Choice Woodcroft!”

The Social Club also arranged for the residents to have a Paella lunch at $20 per person. Congratulations to Barry and the Social Club members for organising yet another memorable concert and lunch at Woodcroft.