On the morning of 25th April 2019, Feilding Brass took up its position in Feilding and two other services in the wider community as we all came together to remember the sacrifice our soldiers made all those years ago, on this ANZAC Day.
At 6.30am Feilding Brass with past and present service personnel marched down to the Feilding cenotaph where Feilding residents turned out to the dawn parade, with many community groups laying wreaths at the cenotaph as the band played hymns.
Cornet player Russell Schwartfeger had the honour this year of playing the Last Post.
At 9.30am Feilding Brass lead the returned services personnel at the Sanson service. Ex band member Peter Hales played The Last Post. We all then retired to the Sanson School Hall as their ANZAC Day civic service continued.
Feilding Brass’ third and final parade for the day was at Ashhurst where the band lead the returned service personnel at 12pm to the Ashhurst cenotaph for their civic service.
During the service, the band played hymns as wreaths were being laid and Russell once again played The Last Post. Feilding Brass then formed back up and lead the troops back to the Ashhurst RSA, for a well deserved rest.
The band continues to serve the community, and we are honoured to be a part of Feilding, Sanson and Ashhurst as we commemorate ANZAC Day. Lest We Forget.
Feilding Brass is a hive of activity in December as the Christmas season is upon us, with our Training Band having their end of year concert, and the senior band marching in 2 Christmas parades, helping out Dannevirke Brass Band with their parade and finishing off with Feilding Carols by Candlelight.
Saturday, 1st December
12pm – Dannevirke Christmas Parade.
Monday, 3rd December
7pm – Feilding Brass Training Band End of Year Concert – Feilding Brass Bandroom, Council Place, Feilding.
Saturday, 8th December
10am – Ashhurst Christmas Parade & Carols
Sunday, 9th December
12pm & 2pm – Feilding Christmas Carnival & Parade
Sunday, 16th December
7pm – Feilding Brass Mini Concert, then Carols at 7.30pm – Feilding Civic Centre.
Mike Clark plays The Last Post at the Feilding Cenotaph during the Armistice Day service in Feilding.
During the days proceedings Feilding Brass did a 30 minute mini concert for the crowd sitting around the clock tower in the Feilding town square, which was well received.
Listening to stories from a gentleman whose father was in WW1, and what they went through makes us thankful for their contribution to our freedom.
Feilding Brass will be participating in today’s Armistice Centenary commemorations in the Feilding Square, as we remember the end of World War I.
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.
As part of the commemorations, Feilding Brass will be performing at 12.45pm.
For those that lost their lives so we may live ours, we will remember them.