First Playout with new MD, Max Haas da Silva

Today as part of NZ May Music Month, Feilding Brass performed in Manchester Square, Feilding under new Musical Director Iraja Max Haas da Silva (Max).

Max took over from Carissa just after Anzac Day 2023, and is proudly leading the band as we continue sharing our music with our community and beyond.

The band performed for about an hour as the opening act for Feildings May Music Month with pieces that included solos from our flugel, trombone and tenor horn players.

Compered by Carissa, the band pieces from Pinball Wizard, Fields of Gold to the more traditional brass band march Brass Royal.

The band looks forward to continuing its presence in the community and to entertain us all under Max. Welcome to the band.

NZ May Music Month – Feilding – Sunday 28th May 2023

Four Live Bands will Perform at Manchester Square for a Day of Free, Community Music – NZ’s May Music Month – Feilding

Get ready for an unforgettable day of live music at the NZ’s May Music Month, taking place on Sunday 28th May 2023 in Manchester Square from 11am to 4pm. This is a free community event part New Zealand’s May Music Month Celebration with a spectacular line up!

11am: The opening act of the day will be performed by Feilding Brass, a band with a remarkable 130-year history of serving the community. Recently, a new musical director named Iraja Max Haas da Silva (Max) has joined the band and will lead the performance. The band will play a mix of upbeat, popular music and traditional brass numbers.

See you there.

We have some exciting news!

Feilding Brass Press Release:

New Musical Director Appointment for Feilding Brass

Feilding Brass has a history of over 130 years continuous presence in the community. For the first time in the collective memory of its present members, a new musical director has been appointed from outside its membership for many years, following a nationwide search.

On April 26th, Iraja Max Haas da Silva (Max) was welcomed to the podium after joining the band for its Anzac parades a day earlier. Originally from Brazil, Max and family have transferred to Feilding from Queenstown where he has worked as a music teacher and trumpeter in the local jazz orchestra.

Max grew up in a musical family, with his father being the leader of a military band. With over 20 years’ experience teaching brass a percussion Max has conducted and performed in a wide variety of music settings including Big Band Jazz, Marching Band and church worship bands.

The outgoing musical director, Carissa Davies has stepped down after 5 years leading the band (including through the Covid lockdowns) and is continuing as a playing member of the band. She remains active on the management committee.

Feilding Brass meet for weekly rehearsals on a Wednesday evening. After years of disruption due to Covid, the band is again enjoying and looking for opportunities to reconnect with the local community. Recently the band participated in 6 Anzac commemorations in the district; 4 Christmas parades and the community carols. In September the band will represent this district at the Central Districts Brass Band Contest.

Currently preparations are under way for the bands first performance under Max’s leadership on 28th May. Weather permitting the band will be playing from 11am in the square opposite the Feilding Cenotaph. The music repertoire will continue the Feilding Brass tradition of playing upbeat, popular music as well as more traditional brass numbers.

Max has noted, “Feilding Brass has a very good sound, but we are a little short on players. I intend to work to fill the vacancies that are still open (mainly the rhythm section) as well as offering technical support to everyone. With our committee, I’m another hand wanting to help and certainly this is a great time for us to welcome new members.“

Both the senior band and the training band have vacancies and offer opportunity to develop music skills and engage in a lifetime of music making. Connect with Feilding Brass via our Facebook page –

Anzac Day 2023

Feilding Dawn Parade

25th of April each year sees Feilding Brass play at 3 Anzac Day services, Feilding, Sanson and Ashhurst. It is our chance to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers of Gallipoli and for defence personnel who still do their bit for our country serving in various parts of the world.

Sanson Service

Dan Griffith playing The Last Post in Ashhurst

The rain stayed away which is always a good thing, but it was a tad nippy this morning in Feilding at 6am and Sanson at 9am which gave us all cold fingers, but slowly warmed up by the afternoon in Ashhurst.

Ashhurst Civic Service

One difference in todays proceedings, was that cornet player Elizabeth Rance took the reigns and lead the band down the street in all 3 parades as Drum Major, while our usual man with the big stick, Stephen Lawton played cornet on the marches. Well, when I say played, I mean held the cornet and marched with vigour.

Well done Elizabeth.

We Will Remember Them.

Brass In The Park

March, saw Feilding Brass perform at Brass In The park in Levin, hosted by Levin & Districts Brass and luckily the weather played its part too.

The band played for around an hour and pieces included:

  • A Grand Day Out
  • Wind of Change
  • Battle Royal
  • Abide With Me
  • Despacito
  • The Flag of Freedom
  • Crazy
  • Video Killed the Radio Star
  • Blackadder’s March
  • Starchaser
  • Because We Believe
  • Pinball Wizard
  • Another One Bites the Dust

The band looks forward to next year and entertaining the crowd once more.

Feilding Library Family Fun Day 2023

Today saw Feilding Brass perform at the Feilding Library Family Fun Day 2023, held at Kowhai Park in Feilding.

Lead by Catherine Duxfield, the band played a 30 min segment of light entertaining music to a huge crowd, featuring A Grand Day Out, Another Day in Paradise, Despacito, Fields of Gold, Video Killed the Radio Star, One Moment in Time, Blackadder’s March and Friend Like Me.

The band looks forward to playing here again next year.

Coming up on the 26th March 2023, the band will be performing at Brass in The Park at the Levin Adventure Playground. Amongst 3 other bands, Feilding Brass will perform for an hour starting around 2pm. See you there.

Family Fun Day

Feilding Library Family Fun Day – Kowhai Park

Date: Sunday, 19 March 2023

Time: 10:00 am – 01:00 pm (3 hours)

Feilding Brass will be playing from 12.30pm till 1pm


ENTIRELY FREE! This fantastic community event is not to be missed so mark your calendar on the 19th March. This event will be a great local experience for Whānau to have a lot of fun.

FREE FOOD & DRINK (Limited Items)

Sausage Sizzle, Drinks, Popcorn, Candy Floss.


Giveaways, Bouncy Slide, Arena Obstacle Course, Carnival Games,

Fun Activities, Fire Engine, Obstacle Course, Virtual Reality Display, Superhero Character Walk About, Photo Booth, Equipment for Kids to Play On & Kowhai Park Playground is close by. Plus more…..

Manawatu Youth Expo 2023 – Feilding

Come along to the Manawatu Youth Expo this Saturday 18 February at the Feilding Civic Centre and check out Feilding Brass Training Band. Several of the senior band members will be there to show you all there is to know about the band, how to play an instrument and how to get started in the Training Band. You are never too old to start.

Any inquiries, please contact Catherine Duxfield on 027 261 2929.