Annual recount of the DVCB

In addition to its numerous overseas trips, highlights of the DVCB’s history include:

  • 2017
    • The Band made two major purchases; a drum kit and vibraphone. These items were made possible by major donations and fundraising
    • Australia Day Award for Contribution to the Derwent Valley, awarded to Andrew Castles and Jessica Taylor for the DVCB Spring School 2016
  • 2016
    • Frances White, a highly experienced music educator, was appointed as the new Conductor of the Development Band following the departure of Susan Reppion-Brooke
    • Formation of the Intermediate Band to which Andrew Castles was appointed Conductor
    • Following Jim Taylor stepping down as Assistant to the Chief Conductor, Andrew Castles has been appointed to the role
    • Lyall McDermott travelled to Chicago to be the DVCB delegate at the 2016 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic
  • 2015
    • The DVCB’s first Spring School was held on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of October. This intensive band weekend, organised by Andrew Castles and Jessica Taylor, has since become an annual event
    • Life Memberships were bestowed upon Lyall McDermott and Jim Taylor for their significant and distinctive service to the Band
  • 2014
    • Made the purchase of a new custom-made trailer, thanks to the generous donation of $5,000.00 from Jane James towards its cost – we thank Jane for her extraordinary generosity
    • Layton was invited overseas in April to meet with other Band Administrators from around the world hosted by Mr Mai Thanh Son, Head of Foreign Affairs at the Conservatorium of Music in Ho Chi Minh City. In August, he visited Malgrat de Mar in Spain at the invitation of Ester Gil, Director of the International Music Festival held in Spain every October
  • 2013
    • The Development Band was successful with a grant application for the Young Stars Award and received money to fund the purchase of extra instruments
    • On Friday the 25th of October, His Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, Mr Peter Underwood and Mrs Frances Underwood hosted a Reception at Government House for present and former members of the Band and supporters, to mark the Band’s 20th Anniversary – the Band’s Wind Quintet performed to the guests
    • Volume two of “Music in the Valley” by Jane Hodgetts, edited by Damian Bester, was launched by Mr Ross Butler, former Principal of the New Norfolk High School. The book accounts the history of the Band from 2003 until 2013
    • Life membership was bestowed upon Layton Hodgetts recognising his unwavering dedication to the Band and all its pursuits since its formation
  • 2012
    • Presented three concerts as part of the preparations for the Band’s July visit to Austria and Poland
    • Visit from Fred J. Allen, Director of Bands, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas. Mr Allen is a renowned composer and clinician. He was guest conductor at the concert in St David’s Cathedral, Hobart
  • 2011
    • The DVCB hosted the Polish Nadarzyn Wind Orchestra from Poland on a five-day visit which included a series of concerts and social gatherings
    • Performed Requiem by Fryges Hidas with the Don Chorale in Devonport
    • Awarded the Australian Government Volunteer Grant
    • Launched the DVCB Major Sponsorship Programme
  • 2010
    • In conjunction with all Tasmanian bands, the DVCB was involved in hosting the Yamaha National Band Championships which were held in Hobart. The Band’s Music Director, Layton Hodgetts, was Chairman and Convenor of the event which attracted 5000 musicians from Australia and South-East Asia. The Band also assisted with the hosting of the Senior Wind Symphony from Mahidol University in Thailand which was the guest band at the Championships
    • David Schmidt stepped down from the position of Chief Conductor of the Concert Band. Lyall McDermott and Jim Taylor were appointed as Chief Conductor and Assistant Conductor, respectively
  • 2009
    • The DVCB’s founder, Layton Hodgetts OAM, stepped down as Conductor of the Concert Band after 16 years due to an escalating number of interstate and overseas commitments on global band-related matters. Mr Hodgetts remains as Music Director and continues to be closely linked to the artistic leadership team
    • David Schmidt, formerly Assistant Conductor, and Drum Major of the Marching Band, was appointed Chief Conductor
    • Lyall McDermott, a long-standing member of the Band, was appointed Assistant Conductor
  • 2007
    • The Derwent Valley Development Band commenced rehearsals under the baton of Susan Reppion-Brooke
    • A 15-year licence was secured on the Council-owned Memorial Hall in New Norfolk as a long-term base for the DVCB. The hall provides both a rehearsal and performance venue with seating for over 200 patrons
  • 2003
    • Hosted Postmusik Salzburg on a reciprocal visit to Tasmania
    • Performed as a guest band at the Australian Marching Championships in Hobart
    • Named as the Derwent Valley Icon for the ensuing three years
  • 2001
      Gave the Australian premiere performance of Requiem by Fryges Hidas in conjunction with the Tasmanian Chorale, conducted by the eminent Hungarian conductor, Piroska Varga
  • 1997
      Participated in the Olympic March in Hobart in the lead-up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games