After a long break over Christmas and New Year (during which time Rita Seethaler went to Trinidad to play in the birdsong steel orchestra at Panorama), we started the New Year on Saturday 20 February with a very special gig as we played our 100th gig, when we had the privilege of playing at the Jayco Family Day. Jayco (caravan and motorhome makers) put on an annual Family Day, where staff and family (about 2000 in total) are invited to a festival at the factory site (which resembles a small Luna Park for the day). All the rides, drinks, food and entertainment are provided for free to everyone by Jayco (now that's the way to treat your staff!).
This year, Triangle Community Steelbands were asked to provide the musical entertainment. We were situated between the Spinning Teacups and the Jumping Castle and played during breaks in other activities. Was great to see the smiling faces all around.
Unfortunately, on the way to the gig, our trusty PanBus broke down (5km away from the gig, with absolutely no gears!). Luckily, Brian Sillett (husband of soprano player Lynne) came to the rescue with his 4WD and towed the bus to the gig site. Afterwards, #19 was loaded onto a tray-truck and brought back to Alexandra (arriving around midnight).
On Sunday morning we cleared all the pans out of the bus, in readiness for Wednesday practice, and left the bus at Fallons Bus Company for them to weave their magic on the gearbox before our next big gig in a fortnight's time. A couple of days later, they called to say that they had found time to look at the PanBus and that it was just a split pin that had fallen out at the bottom of the gear stick, thus disconnecting the gear stick from the gear box. They fixed it in 5 minutes. Next time, we will know what to look for!