Enfield on the way up

Better times ahead for Enfield Brass Band of Adelaide.

Jason Chatterton, Rob Kavanagh & Justin Fidock

Enfield Brass Band of Adelaide, South Australia are delighted with their recent win in C Grade at the South Australian championships last month.

After the arrival of the band's new MD Rob Kavanagh a few months ago, Enfield have worked very hard and committed to many extra rehearsals.

After languishing in C Grade (its last state championship win in C Grade was in 2002) the band is determined to raise the bar and move up the ranks in a very short space of time.


Enfield's MD said at the championships, "Enfield have a lot of potential. There is a wonderful core group of players, some with A Grade experience and others who require some more support and training."

"Enfield were an A Grade band just over a decade ago and it is our goal and aspiration to move towards that standard again, whether that takes two years or 10 years, it is the right direction and we will not go backwards."

Rob continues, "The band committee and I have a firm plan in place for the success of the band and we're looking forward to some big projects coming up including the Tanunda Contest, a major concert in December, performances at the Adelaide Fringe next year, an interstate contest and the formation of our new Youth Band."

Rob Kavanagh

Rob Kavanagh has recently arrived back from the UK after three years of enjoying brass banding. Rob played with Leyland Band towards the end of 2005, filling the position of Solo Horn, before taking up the Solo Horn position with Besses o' th' Barn Band in 2006.

In 2007 Rob returned to Leyland Band on 1st Horn. Whilst in the UK, Rob also assisted Fodens, Sellers and BT bands on various horn seats.

Rob was originally a trumpet player and his professional engagements included a casual position with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra from 1999 to 2002. He was Principal Cornet with Tanunda Town Band for several years before moving to K&N on flugel horn and changing to tenor horn in 2004. Rob has also recently been appointed as Deputy MD of K&N Spring Gully Brass.

Youth Band

Enfield are very excited about the formation of their Youth Band over the next few years, which will be run by professional music educator Alison Hall alongside Rob Kavanagh.

Modern Banding

The band are very competitive and with that sort of spirit and determination, we'll be back as a major banding force within the next few years.Rob Kavanagh, MD, Enfield Brass Band

Enfield will continue to look for exciting and innovative approaches to enjoying modern banding. With Rob at the helm and his insistence that the band work with a variety of leading South Australian conductors, the band is looking forward to a bright and exciting future. "The band are very competitive and with that sort of spirit and determination, we'll be back as a major banding force within the next few years."


Should any players be interested in coming along to Enfield for a blow or would like to get involved with the band at this exciting time in their development, contact the secretary (Ingrid Santucci) on 0417 457 298 / enfield.brass@gmail.com or the musical director (Rob Kavanagh) on newosis@hotmail.com

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