On Sunday, October 21, Turaton Music Company joined with the Shepparton Brass and Wind Band at Eastbank in a concert commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I.
The concert titled The Centenary of Armistice was conducted by Lachlan Gallacher and Turaton music director Shirley Ferguson liaised with him for the items they performed together.
In the first half of the program, the band performed various numbers displaying their range of abilities and featuring different sections.
Bill Scott did many arrangements including one for Bugle Call Rag, which featured the four trumpet players, and the final number before interval Africa highlighted the percussionists and complicated rhythms.
After interval, Turaton joined the band and sang In Flanders Field followed by a medley of Anzac songs beginning with It’s a Long Way to Tipperary and finishing with Let Me Call You Sweetheart.
Shirley Ferguson has lately shown her talent for writing and composing and the next item was Remembrance Day written by Shirley and arranged for the band by Bill Scott.
The concert concluded with Keep the Home Fires Burning and a beautiful arrangement of Abide With Me, leaving the audience impressed with the skill of our local talented musicians and singers.
You will have another opportunity to enjoy such talent when they once again come together for Christmas Carols at Tatura and then in the Queens Gardens, Shepparton the Sunday evening before Christmas.
— Jeffrey Baker