“Do you have that on CD?” was the question on everyone’s lips when the Band of the South Australia Police played five times daily at the 2010 Royal Adelaide Show. Represented by our small and medium ensembles, the band enjoyed great enthusiasm from show patrons who were clambering to buy our latest recordings. However, mainly featuring the Concert Band and the Parade Band, the recordings were not exactly representative of what the crowd had heard!
So this year, we’re armed and ready! Showcasing all of the groups who perform at the Royal Show, “On Show” is a collection of the smooth, the sophisticated, the cheeky and the chamber. A deliciously diverse feast for the ears, this recording savours the versatility and virtuosity of the Band of the South Australia Police.
The CD opens with the rousing 1960’s classic You Don’t Have to Say you Love Me recorded by jazz funk group, The Zorros. Regularly employed to play at dinner dances and functions, The Zorros most popularly perform a floorshow in tribute to the great Dusty Springfield. With Constable Melissa McCaig at the microphone, Take Another Little Piece of my Heart and Son of a Preacher Man are further examples of The Zorros’ Dusty Springfield repertoire and finely represent the group’s love to groove.
Off the Cuff is the newest small ensemble of the band and was formed to utilise the talents of the woodwind and brass players, whilst offering an alternative to the rather large Concert Band! Constable David Burvill-Holmes fronts the group adding his trademark crooning touch to the classics Ain’t Misbehavin’ and What’s New Pussycat.
The warm, woody sounds of the Clarinet Quartet are regularly employed to add atmosphere and ambience to ceremonial occasions and formal functions. Offering a diverse breadth of chamber music, led by Constable Jacki Hatcher, the Clarinet Quartet adds a smooth, earthy colour to the CD with their offerings The Entertainer, Clarinet Polka and When I’m 64.
Kind of Blue is a laid back six piece ensemble with an eclectic repertoire of jazz, lounge, folk and pop. There is one rule when selecting material for Kind of Blue – the players have to love it and the audience will too! The diverse musical passions of the group and the joy in what they do are reflected in the tracks Perfect, An Englishman in New York and Hit that Jive Jack.
With so many members of the Band of the South Australia Police being saxophone players, it makes sense to have an ensemble dedicated to playing music specifically written and arranged for the instrument. The Saxophone Quartet is led by Senior Constable Lance Perryman and has, remarkably, had the same personnel since its inception in 1997. The solid continuity of the group is beautifully illustrated in the seamless blend on tracks Chanson D’Auterfois, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Pink Panther and Mississippi Rag.
Adding piano, bass, drums, a fifth saxophone and vocals to the Saxophone Quartet creates the ensemble affectionately known as Sax and Rhythm. Inspired by the 1950’s and 1960’s music of the Hollywood Saxophone Quartet, Sax and Rhythm have grown to embrace a wide cross-section of genres and styles. With a focus on entertainment and a little nostalgia, the group also provides an opportunity to showcase the ‘doubling’ talents of the musicians on a variety of other woodwind instruments. Shiny Stockings, The Look of Love and Pick Yourself Up are but a few examples of this ensemble’s broad appeal.
This recording offers something to whet the appetite of any music lover.
And this year, when they ask if we have it on CD, the answer will be “Yes! It’s On Show!”