Founded in 1983, the City of Holdfast Bay Concert Band is one of South Australia's premier community concert bands. We are dedicated to providing musicians of all ages with a friendly and enthusiastic environment to express their creativity.
With over forty musicians at present, we perform regularly in the Holdfast Bay district and in other areas as occasions arise. Our repertoire embraces many styles of music including Classical, Jazz, Swing, Latin and works from film and musical productions.
The City of Holdfast Bay Concert Band also made its debut as a marching band in May 2009 as part of the Moonta Cornish Festival, so keep an eye out for us in local pageants at Christmas!
We are a community band supported by the City of Holdfast Bay Council and financed by subscriptions, concert and marching proceeds and fundraising events.
Laura Possingham is a recent graduate of the Elder Conservatorium having completed a Bachelor of Music with a specialisation in both music education and classical flute. Under the tutelage of both Carl Crossin and Luke Dollman, she studied conducting as an elective where she developed skills in conducting and score reading and has later gone on to conduct an old scholars big band as well as the Holdfast 2 band in the absence of their regular conductor.
Having been involved in community bands since 2010, Laura is a keen supporter of the opportunities in which these ensembles provide both their players and the wider community. Some of her most memorable experiences within these bands are various interstate tours and trips and success at both State and National competitions in solo and ensemble sections.
She began playing flute in year four when the opportunity at school seemed appealing. With no regrets and a growing passion, Laura immersed herself in as many co-curricular bands and choirs as possible, both inside and outside of school. Given an opportunity to commence oboe lessons at high school, she was granted a position at both the South Australian Music Camp and with the Adelaide Youth Sinfonia playing Oboe.
During university, Laura was a member of both the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra and various chamber ensembles. A fond memory in relation to her ensemble experience is from 2011 when she completed work experience with the Band of the South Australian Police. As part of this program, a group of students spent an intense four days preparing repertoire for a public concert, and another day learning the processes between auditions and marching.
Currently in the final stages of following her dream of becoming a high school teacher, Laura is completing a Masters of Secondary Teaching at the University of South Australia with a double major in Geography and Music Education. In addition to this, a huge part of life is her commitment to Irish dancing which has helped shape her creative aspirations.
Beyond studying, dancing and music, Laura has a passion for travelling which is fulfilled through both interstate competitions and overseas family holidays.
She looks forward to embarking on a new adventure with the City of Holdfast Bay Concert Band.
In February 2013, The City of Holdfast Bay Concert Band started up a second band. This band is for people of all ages who are learning to play a new instrument or simply want to develop their skills on their chosen instrument.
Our musical director Maria Foot will happily welcome any new players who wish to turn up on the night.
Holdfast2 rehearses every Thursday from 6.45pm until 7:45pm. Click here for more information about Holdfast2 and how to join.