Anzac Day 2020 was a very different one than we, as a band would normally do. But due to Covid-19 and lockdown, as a band we did our very best to make sure the Last Post was still heard at some part of our community on behalf of Feilding Brass.
We had 4 in Feilding, 1 in Halcombe, 2 in Palmerston North, 1 in Longburn and 2 in Ashhurst play the Last Post & Reveille for our neighbours.
A very humbling and honouring experience no matter what instrument it was played on. It was a very special sight to see neighbourhoods come out and support each other during this time.
In one spot in Feilding a 9 year girl read out the Ode of Remembrance before the last post played, and that mad the occasion extra special.
Feilding Brass looks forward to seeing everyone next year as we all come together once again to remember the fallen.
Band member acknowledgement: Dan Griffiths, Helen Walker, Nigel Towers, Russell Schwartfeger, Roger Drayton, Karen Willis, Mike Clark, Michael Ashdown (Snr), Murray Coffey, MD Carissa Davies and Band President and Drum Major Stephen Lawton.
As we move into Level 3 on the 28th April, Feilding Brass will still not be allowed to rehearse. But be rest assured that when we are able to, we will be back up running and once again will be a proud accessory to our wonderful community.
As part of Anzac Day, Malcolm Barr from Hamilton has arranged a version of Abide With Me, for virtual brass band and Choir, in which 134 musicians including Nigel Towers (Eb Bass) from Feilding Brass took part.
Click on the above picture and it will link to the You Tube video. Such a pleasure to watch and listen.
We look forward to seeing you soon.