Home' The Murray Pioneer : November 25th 2014 Contents www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, November 25, 2014 NEWS 5
SIX children will join the
Riverland Brass Band for the
upcoming busy Christmas
The group, aged from eight
to 12, became involved with
the Riverland Brass Band
through a Monash Primary
School music concert held ear-
lier this month.
Nine students rehearsed
with the band for eight weeks
for the one-hour concert, and
accompanied the rest of the
primary school body, who sang
songs to promote the benefits
of music education.
Six of the nine students
have decided to stay on with
the band to perform across the
“It is a little bit exciting,”
said Monash Primary School
music teacher and Riverland
Brass Band member Cindy
“The band room has been
very noisy and very happy for
about seven or eight weeks
The students were given
five Christmas carols to learn,
which they will perform with
the rest of the band.
“They have just loved it
from the first time they came
(to band practise) and we
thought, ‘Right let’s give them
some Christmas carols to try’,”
said Mrs Ridley.
“They have just been pre-
sented with shirts by the band
and they are going to do all the
Christmas season with them,
with the hope they will con-
With some minor adjust-
ments, and plenty of rehears-
als, the diverse band has bene-
fits for its members both young
“Our youngest is eight and
our oldest is 82, so it’s some-
thing they can all do together,”
said Mrs Ridley.
“We’ve taken the music and
written something (the chil-
dren) can play, so for the eight-
year-old we took it home and
rewrote it with the notes that
Deputy bandmaster Ron
Kohler’s grandson Steven is
one of the six to join the band
over Christmas, and he hoped
the students would become
“It has been a great time to
spend with the young people
doing the music,” he said.
“We are hoping they will
continue to show an interest in
“We are certainly endeav-
ouring to encourage that.”
Mr Kohler said the band
needed young players to ensure
its success in the future.
“We need to be building up
our numbers, particularly with
young people, so that we have
a future,” he said.
Current band membership
is about 15 players, a slight
increase on previous years.
“We’ve added a few play-
ers in the last couple of years
which has been great,” said Mr
Kohler. “It’s brought our num-
bers up just marginally.”
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deputy mayor after
being appointed to the
role last week.
Cr Kassebaum was
the only councillor
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in the position until
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when re-selection occurs.
He also held the position during his previous
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RIVERLAND firefighters managed
to stop a Bookpurnong fire from
spreading to a nearby house and
wheat crop on Sunday afternoon.
Appliances from Loxton, Berri,
Monash and Glossop attended the
fire, which was believed to have
started from a car backfire.
Despite strong winds potentially
blowing the fire towards the house
and crop, the regional Metropolitan
Fire Service managed to contain
the blaze to a small area of scrub.
New deputy for
Kids bring cheer to brass band
Six new members will join the Riverland
Brass Brand for the Christmas season.
Pictured at a recent band practise are from
left Josh Ridley, 12, of Berri, Caiden Dixon,
12, and Liam Dixon, 10, of Monash, Aaron
Page, 11 , of Loveday, Steven Kohler, 12, of
Renmark, and Jessica Ridley, 8, of Berri.
PHOTO: Deirdre Graham
AN Adelaide man has been charged after
assaulting police in Berri last week.
At 8pm last Wednesday night, the 30-year-
old man from Elizabeth was caught stealing
food from a Berri supermarket.
When police were arresting him he resisted
and spat food at them.
The man faced Berri Magistrates Court last
week and is charged with theft, aggravated
assault and resisting arrest.
The charges mark the second time this month
Riverland police were assaulted on the job.
Three arrests were also made over the assault
of a police officer in Berri which saw a group
surround the officer’s vehicle.
Food spitter arrested Bookpurnong fire
SAPOL has reminded locals to take
care online as a new scam hits the
Scam emails requiring payment
for expiation notices for offences
they did not commit have appeared
in inboxes interstate.
Neither SAPOL nor the Fines
Recovery and Enforcement Office
issue fines or expiation notices by
email and people should treat any
notification of this type as suspi-
Information can be found about
the expiation notice process at
Email scam hits
THE State Government has committed more
than $700,000 to helping job seekers find work
in the Riverland and Murraylands.
Up to 737 people are expected to land jobs
through the Skills for Jobs in Regions program.
Minister for Employment, Higher
Education, and Skills Gail Gago said Skills for
Jobs in Regions had already proven successful.
Projects include training for seasonal indus-
tries and appointing case managers to work
with families which have barriers to employ-
Over the past year, more than 9900 people
statewide have found work through the pro-
Skills for Jobs boost
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