On Sunday afternoon, the Ghajnsielem parish celebrated the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, better known in Maltese as 'San Guzepp Haddiem'. A mass was held at 5.00pm with several bandsmen and committee members taking an active part in this celebration. Afterwards, the band accompanied the statue its patron saint around the main streets of Ghajnsielem.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday 1st May, the St Joseph Band also held a mass at the Ghajnsielem cemetery led by the society's spiritual director Fr. Joe Cardona.
1st May - Mass
29th March 2013
Good Friday procession in
The St Joseph Band kept its annual appointment of participating in the Good Friday procession which is held around the main streets of Nadur. The band, directed by Mro. Sunny Galea and assisted by Mro Frankie Debono, played over three hours of funeral marches around the main streets of the village.
27th March 2013
Sacred Music concert at Old
The St. Joseph Band held its annual concert of religious music at the old parish church. The concert once again included a mixture of funeral marches and other works related to the Holy week. The band was conducted by Director Mro Sunny Galea A.L.C.M. and assisted by Mro. Frankie Debono. Throughout the concert, Archpriest Can. Frankie Bajada shared some spiritual thoughts for religious reflections. Joanne Debrincat was compère for the evening.
You can follow the full recording of the program by clicking here
26th March 2013
As part of the holy week activities, the St Joseph Band organized a session of spiritual reflections this evening. The session was led by the society's spiritual director Fr Joe Cardona.
25th March 2013
Annual General Meeting
The St Joseph Band invested over €260,000 during the last six years in capital projects, musical instruments, publications and feast decorations. This was announced by Club Secretary Kevin Cauchi during the
hour-long 2013 Annual General Meeting.
The meeting started with an introduction by President Gino Cauchi who said that 2012 will be a year to remember for the St Joseph Band club particularly due to the inauguration of the long-awaited Musical Archive and formal commitee hall. The President spoke about the success of the art exhibition of Emvin Cremona and Willie Apap and also about the Feast of St Cecilia which last year was celebrated in Ghajnsielem.
Club Secretary Kevin Cauchi presented a detailed administrative analysis of all recently completed projects including the Musical Archive and Committee Hall which amounted to an investment of over €75,000, the excavation works for the new store and kitchen area, the new
'Maħżen tal-Armar' and renovation of the formal committee room.
Treasurer Elvin Tabone presented the financial report and also gave an updated on the installation of 27kWp Photovoltaic System on the roof terrace of the club premises which will completed in the next few weeks. Spiritual Director Fr Joe Cardona concluded the session with some reflections and prayers. The present administration was re-elected for the next two years.
20th January 2013
visits our Club
Mr Antoine Mangion,
President of the Maltese band 'Our Lady Queen of
Peace' which is based in Australia visit our club on
Sunday morning to view the Musical Archive.
Secretary Kevin Cauchi and Club Director Paul
Azzopardi welcomed him to the club and gave him a
short tour around the premises. Mr Mangion was
impressed with the number of local volunteers and
augured a bright future for the St Joseph Band Club.
Secretary Kevin Cauchi presented Mr Mangion with a
commemorative bottle of wine 'L-Arkivju' and thanked
him for the visit.
News Archive 2012
16th December 2012
St Joseph Band takes part in
'Ghajn tal-Hasselin' ceremony
The Hon. Giovanna
Debono, Minister for Gozo laid the first stone of
the 'Ghajn tal-Ħasselin'
project at the Apparition Square which will this see
historic arcade being rebuilt by the Ghajnsielem
Local Council with the assistance from the Ministry
of Gozo. The ceremony started with a short band
march by St Joseph Band from the main square. Mayor
Francis Cauchi then made a short speech followed by
another speech by the Gozo Minister. After the
laying of the foundation stone, Fr Joe Cardona
blessed the site.
25th November 2012
St Joseph Band celebrates
feast of St Cecilia
The St Joseph Band
Club in conjunction with Wirt Ghawdex, the Ghaqda
Kazini tal-Baned and the Ministry for Justice,
Dialogue and the Family this week celebrated the
feast of St Cecilia, patroness saint of music
with a series of activities. Her feast is celebrated
on the 22nd of November. On this day, a mass was
celebrated by Fr Joe Cardona in the medieval chapel
dedicated to her name. A short talk about her life
was held afterwards. On Friday, a harp concert by
Jacob Portelli was held while on Saturday the chapel
was open for public viewing. On Sunday morning, a
mass was celebrated at the Ghajnsielem Parish Church
in the presence of representatives of all the Gozo
band clubs and members from the Ghaqda Kazini
tal-Baned. The event was followed by a march by St
Joseph Band which started from the main square
ending in the club premises.
Mass at St Ceclia
Mass at Ghajnsielem
followed by a Band March
13th November 2012
of St Cecilia to be
celebrated for first time in
The St Joseph Band
Club in conjunction with Wirt Ghawdex, the Ghaqda
Kazini tal-Baned and the Ministry for Justice,
Dialogue and the Family will this week be
celebrating the feast of St Cecilia, patron
saint of music. A series of activities will be held
Mass by Fr Joe Cardona at St Cecilia Chapel at
Harp concert by Jacob Portelli at St Cecilia Chapel
Saturday 24th November
Open Day at St Cecilia Chapel from 10.30pm to 2.00pm
Mass at the Ghajnsielem Parish Church at 10.00pm
followed by a band march
ending in the St Joseph Band Club premises.
4th November 2012
War victims remembered
Ghajnsielem joined the rest of the Commonwealth to
mark Remembrance Day to honour the victims of the
two world wars. Several family relatives of the
victims and representatives from local organizations
gathered to pay tribute to the victims War Memorial
in a short but significant ceremony organized by the
Ghajnsielem Local Council.
The commemoration started with a mass at the
Ghajnsielem parish church. Shortly afterwards, Mayor
Francis Cauchi led the ceremony where wreaths were
placed at the foot of the War Memorial and followed
by a short prayer by Archpriest Can. Frankie Bajada.
Members from St Joseph Band played a short fanfare.
Club President Gino Cauchi also took part and laid a
wrath on behalf of our society.
22nd August 2012
St Joseph Band 2012 Feast
Read the magazine online!
The 2012 Feast Magazine is
currently being distributed
to all Ghajnsielem
households. This year's
publication which is a
special edition publication
to commemorate the
inauguration of the Musical
Archive offers more then 80
articles spread over 170
pages. Scroll below to
download a soft-copy of the
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21st August 2012
Musical Archive inaugurated during a spectacular
The St Joseph Band gave a magnificent performance
with a selection of works from Verdi, Strauss and
Tchaikovsky's famous 1812. Once again, the annual
concert took place in front of the band club's
premises which was also illuminated with several
light effects. Soprano Pamela Aguis wowed the crowd
with her rendition of 'Il Bacio' and 'Saper Vorreste'.
The concert ended with the famous 'Radetzky March'
synchronized with fireworks displayed from the roof
of the band club's premises.
But the highlight of the evening was certainly the
inauguration of the Musical Archive in the newly
refurbished committee room. This long awaited which
took almost five years to be completed is an
attraction in itself thanks to its beautifully
crafted artistic wooden sculpture. The mahogany unit
contrasted with rich walnut sculptures will now host
over eighty years of musical history of the band.
A feature dedicated to the Musical Archive project
will be available online soon with a link from the
Video Feature showing during the
11th August 2012
Inauguration of a long awaiting dream...
The Musical Archive
Tuesday 21st August, the St Joseph Band Club
will inaugurate the Musical Archive during a vocal
and instrumental concert synchronized with
fireworks. The event will take place in the main
square and starts at 8.30pm. The mahogany unit
contrasted with rich walnut sculptures will hold the
musical compositions that the St Joseph Band has
been collection for the past 80 years and aims to
reflect and preserve the history of this band.
1st August 2012 Sacred Arts
exhibition by Willie Apap and Emvin Cremona
St Joseph Band club will be displaying some of the
best works by Emvin Cremona and Willie Apap, Malta’s
two pioneers of modern art. The theme will be 'Sacred
Arts' and several private collections will be on
display on what promises to be an exhibition not
worth missing! It will
be inaugurated on Sunday the 19th of August at
7.00pm and will be open daily until Sunday the 26th
of August, Ghajnsielem’s feast day from 2.00pm to
10.00pm. Entrance is free. Everyone is welcome.
31st July 2012
St Joseph Band launches CD, Tile4U scheme
The St. Joseph Bandproudly
new CD, 'Il-Meravilja' for the
occasion of the 2011's
Feast of Our Lady of Loreto. The
name refers to the Musical Archive, a project which
the St. Joseph Band has been working tirelessly for
the last six years and which
will soon be the main attraction
of the club's premises.The
CD contains a good mix of traditional and new
marches which were backed up by the Lauratana Choir.
The CD contains fourteen band marches which were
recorded under the direction of Mro Sunny Galea.'Il-Meravilja'can
be purchased from the Band Club premises for the
price of €12.
Meanwhile, the St Joseph Band has recently launched
the Tile4U scheme during a get-together orginized
for all expatriates and foreigners currently living
in Ghajnsielem. The Tile4U scheme aims to collect
money for the Musical Archive unit. A wooden board
displaying 250 empty boxes has been placed in the
main entrance hall of the Club.All
those who contribute to this scheme will have their
name and address written in these boxes. In just a
few days, over 50 boxes have beensponsoredby
a number of benefactors. All Ghajnslemizi are being
urged to contribute in this initiative to finance
this exciting project. Those who are interested in
giving a donation of€20
can call or send an SMS to Kevin Cauchi on 99459426.
A member of the committee will personally come and
collect your donation.
12th July 2012
Special Commemorative Wine
A commemorative wine with the St
Joseph Band's logo embossed on a copper-metal label
has been launched in limited quantities of just 100
bottles and will be available for sale within the
next few days from the club's premises or committee
members. The price will be
€20 for the wine
and €15 for an
optional wooden box with the band's logo engraved.
The bottle has been launched to commemorated a
long-awaited event, the inauguration of the Musical
Archive. A label will be attached with the bottle
describing this historic event for our band.
24th May 2012
solar energy project launched during press
Minister for Justice, Dialogue and
the Family Dr Chris Said held a press conference at
the St Joseph Band club to announce that the society
is working on a photovoltaic solar energy project. A
call for tender was issued last week. The project is
being part-financed by the European Regional
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13th May 2012
Procession of our Patron Saint
On Sunday afternoon, the Ghajnsielem
parish celebrated the feast of St. Joseph the
Worker, better known in Maltese as 'San Guzepp
Haddiem'. A mass was held at 4.30pm with several
bandsmen and committee members taking an active part
in this celebration. Afterwards, the band
accompanied the statue its patron saint around the
main streets of Ghajnsielem.
5th May 2012
Successful recording session for new album
The St Joseph Band will launch a new
album to commemorate the inauguration of the musical
archive. The album will be released in summer and
will include a selection of festive marches direct
by Mro Sunny Galea. These photos show the recording
session which took place at the Lauretana Parish
1st May 2012 Remembrance mass at
The St Joseph Band held a mass at the
Ghajnsielem cemetery led by the society's spiritual
director Fr. Joe Cardona in remembrance to all
members, bandsmen and beneficiaries of our society
who passed away for he eternal life.
15th April 2012 Several projects in
As summer is just around the corner
and the Feast of Our Lady of Loreto just 4 months
away, several projects are taking place at the St
Joseph Band Club. Qormi's Wenzu Grima is giving the
final touches to the elaborated sculpture which will
be decorating the main unit of the Musical Archive.
Structural work is taking place underneath the
concert hall where a large open space is currently
being excavated. Once completed, the new room at
basement level will provide extra space to enlarge
the current store area. A new larger kitchen with
cold-room facilities will also be relocated in this
level thus freeing the extra space (currently being
used by the present kitchen) in order to enlarge the
seating area of the snack-bar. A lockers
compartment unit will soon be placed in the snooker
hall. Built in mahogany wood to complement the
surrounding furniture, this unit has been entrusted
to Guzi Mallia. Within the next few weeks, the
executive committee is also expected to launch a
call for quotations for the supply of PV panels on
the roof area of the club's premises. This project
is partly being funded by the EU.