History

The Henley and Grange Band was founded in 1978. Since that time it has had several different musical directors and presidents, and the membership has varied from as low as 20 to as high as about 60 regular players.

The band is made up of people of all ages; from teenagers to retirees. For many years it had a close relationship with Henley High School and many of its former students still play in the band.

The band played in the Southern Bands Festival for many years since its inception 1983 and more recently has been a regular participant in the Strathalbyn Bands’ Festival.

Musical Directors Background Dates
Max Taylor Cornet Player in the Regular Army Band 1978 – June 1989
Neville James Brass Teacher with the Education Department of South Australia August 1989 – August 1994
Allan Giles Instrumental Music Teacher Music Librarian with the Education Department of South Australia September 1994 – October 1999
Neville James (Acting) Retired – former MD and Ed. Dept. teacher October 1999 – February 2000
Ralph Chambers Retired – former Ed. Dept. teacher February 2000 – December 2004
Mike Noyce Former Regular Army band player and musical director of the Army Reserves’ Band March 2005 – 2012
Band Presidents Background Dates
Fred Angus Councillor, later Mayor 1979 – 1982
Dr Tony Bourne Pathologist 1983 – 1990
Stephen Brzezinski Student, self employed and then Army musician 1991 – 1994
John Behenna Public Servant, Councillor 1994 – 1996
Harold Anderson, OAM Company Director, Councillor,  Mayor 1997 – Sept 1999
Isobel McFarlane Company secretary Sept 1999 – July 2001
James Buder  Public Servant July 2001 – Aug 2003
Maureen Goldfinch Teacher Aug 2003 – Aug 2006
Gordon Combes Teacher Aug 2006 – 2008
Mandy Chisholm Aug 2008 – 2012
Belinda Willcocks  Teacher Aug 2012 –
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