2003

A substantial fall in membership occurred , from 204 to 183

We were fortunate to engage the following bands during the year:

16 January – Geoff Power & Alan Soloman with Margie & Tony Fullerton & Ken Vatcher
30 January – Down South Jazz Quartet
21 February – Black Mountain Jazz Band
20 March – Eric Holroyd JB with Michael McQuaid, Frank Watts & Tony Buckley
17 April – Pierre’s Hot 5
15 May – Martha Baartz with the Margie Fullerton Trio
12 June – Festival gig – ARQ (Alan Richards)
17 July – Paul Furniss JB
21 August – Down South Jazz Quartet with Kim Rushworth
18 September – Fiambre
16 October – Margie Fullerton’s Sapphire Sextet
21 November – Riviera Dixieland Jazz Band (Barry Hanley)
18 December – Christmas Party with all local musicians

Low attendances during the year continued to worry the committee. Visitors rescued the situation many times and, to try to attract more, efforts were made to inform them of our functions by interviews on the ABC, additional posters in caravan parks, etc. It also appeared that changes in the hotel food menu and prices had an adverse effect. Hotel management produced flyers, which were sent to members along with our newsletters, to explain to members what they were trying to accomplish.

For several months, activities were transferred to the Bowling Club while renovations at the hotel proceeded. The Fiambre gig was well attended at the Sapphire Room (probably boosted greatly by local supporters of the band) but the excellent Sapphire Sextet attracted a poor response in the basement.

The Sapphire Coast Concert Band membership increased to 39. A regular weekly rehearsal is held and with the band reputation growing, performances were being requested at many official gatherings.

To our great sorrow, our much – respected Newsletter Editor and former Treasurer, Neil McGill, passed away after a year long fight with cancer.

As the bank balance was in a very healthy state, it was decided to pay the Christmas Party musicians $50 each.