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Don Sketcher

Name: Don Sketcher

Corps: Box Hill

Family:  wife Marina; Twin sons Marcus & Craig; grandchildren Grace and Jackson

Instrument / Make: Cornet / Besson-Sovereign

Date Joined MRSB: 2002

Favourite Band Piece / Composer:  The Present Age - Leslie Condon [FS342]

The Christian youth sets out, confidently witnessing to his faith, only to find that the world is not as eager to hear as he is to proclaim.  His theme, theme, the introductory bars, receives somewhat rough and nonchalant treatment.  His vow is nevertheless established, 'To serve the present age, my calling to fulfil ...', only to be followed by a portrayal of 'hurdy-gurdy' frivolity, a flippant scherzo having little sense of direction or purpose.  Horrors and hatreds of our world are typified in a grotesque march, relentlessly treading down any noble thoughts.  The youthful Christian pledges again, 'I'll follow Thee ...' hesitating at the thought 'deny Thee never', but his meditation is crudely interrupted by the resumed march, openly laughing and jeering at the 'saint upon his knees'.  As he contemplates 'Be still and know that I am God' [flugel and horn duel], his spirit is calmed and he reaffirms 'It is well with my soul'.  With renewed heart he strides into the challenge of the present age with 'Courage, brother, do not stumble' as his impetus.

Interests: Photography, golf, travel & music

Favourite Bible Verse: Philippians 3: 14

"I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus"

Life Influences: Parents who were exemplary in living a Christian life

Don completed over 37 years in the education field as a school teacher and has often been called upon to coordinate music programs. A trained primary teacher, he went on to complete his Bachelor of Education in 1980, qualifying him to teach secondary classroom and instrumental music.

Don has served in numerous corps music leadership roles including 25 years as a Bandmaster. His experience and teaching expertise has been utilized as a tutor of instrumental students and at Territorial Music Schools.