Feilding Brass Returns

September saw a proper return to the public with members of Feilding Brass taking part in the Manawatu Tattoo along side Bras and Brass, and Piping Pink. With two performances, it truly was a great way to come back, due to Covid stopping all of our gigs since March 2020.

Though small in number, we represented Feilding Brass with enthusiasm and pride. Looking forward to it next time.

October 31st saw Feilding Brass perform for the 3rd year at the Oktoberfest at the Palmerston North Cosmopolitan Club led but Steve Mackley and Carissa Davies. A lot of omm-pah-pah and boomps-si-daisy with the odd zuper rang out through the night. Wunderbar.

November 1st, saw the Turbos come to town and play a game at Manfeild and Feilding Brass along with the pipe band were asked to do the halftime entertainment. So after a quick rehearsal, we were front and centre at half time marching the full length of the field and back playing Scotland the Brave, on a very very very windy day indeed. The Turbos won.

Friday November 6th and The New Zealand Army Band came to Feilding and did a concert in the Civic Centre. Was good to see ex Feilding Brass player Kevin Hickman (not pictured) still playing in that band. With such a high standard of musicianship, it was an outstanding concert and we look forward to seeing them again.

The rest of November is a busy one for Feilding Brass with our own concert, “Concert For Our Community” on Saturday 14th November at the Feilding Salvation Army at 2pm. Support acts are Paddy Evenson, Lydia McDonnell and our very own Feilding Brass Training Band. We look forward to seeing you there.

On November 28th, members of Feilding Brass will be helping out Levin & Districts Brass as they have their Christmas Parade. Next day (29th) there will be a combined concert in Levin with Levin & Districts Brass, The Salvation Army Levin Corps Band and Feilding Brass.

The very next day, on the 30th November 2020 at 7pm at the Feilding Brass Bandroom, our Training Band is having its End of Year concert. Catherine Duxfield has been putting the band through its paces and they look forward to seeing you at their concert. Age is no barrier when you are learning a new instrument, and it is great to see new learners, young and old. Entry is free.

If that wasn’t enough, we have December just around the corner, and that means Christmas stuff is is coming. Keep a look out for our next update and see where we will be playing.

It’s great to be back!

Anzac Day 2020

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.

We Will Remember Them

Due to Covid-19, all Anzac Day services have been cancelled for 2020. Feilding Brass would normally have attended 3 services, in Feilding, Sanson and Ashhurst but like the rest of New Zealand we will #StandAtDawn at the end of our driveways at 6.00am and we will remember them together though we are apart.

As we are all standing at dawn, there will be a few Feilding Brass players spread around the Manawatu who will be playing the Last Post at the end of their driveways, which is going to be a very special moment at a time where we all can’t be together. Hopefully if its not too dark, someone may video one of them, so it will be able to be uploaded here.

As Covid-19 lockdown is at Level 4 until 28th April and we head into Level 3, Feilding Brass will still not be allowed to have rehearsals until we get permission to do so, which is a huge shame but for the good of our families and community, we must do it.

Home practise it is until we meet again.


Malcolm Barr from Hamilton Brass created an event on facebook where he asked bands people and choir singers to do a video of themselves playing various parts of Abide With Me, which he intends to amalgamate into one big presentation which he will screen on Anzac Day. I will upload it here when it becomes available. Special moment.


E kore rātou e kaumātuatia
Pēnei i a tātou kua mahue nei
E kore hoki rātou e ngoikore
Ahakoa pehea i ngā āhuatanga o te wā
I te hekenga atu o te rā
Tae noa ki te aranga mai i te ata
Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou
Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them
We will remember them.

 

 

Feilding Brass AGM 2020

Feilding Brass Band is having its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 25th March 2020 at 9.00pm after our rehearsal, at the Feilding Brass Bandroom in Council Place, Feilding.

Are you a friend of the band?

Related to a playing member?

Have you been to any of our concerts?

Are you interested in how a brass band operates, behind the scenes?

Are you a leader? Communicator? Team player?

Would you like to get involved with a community orientated group of brass band people?

Come along to our AGM, find out about us and maybe be part of our future.

For any inquires email feildingbrass@gmail.com

March Melodies

In This Update…

Feilding Brass started up 2020 with their first rehearsal for the year on February 5th, with a musical view of greatness happening this year with Carissa Davies once again leading the band.

A trio of Feilding Brass players will be providing “Live” music in the lead up to the opening of the 2020 French Film Festival NZ at Event Cinemas in Palmerston North on 12 March 2020 from 7.30pm. Look out for photos in the next update.

Venez soutenir cet événement génial et profitez de la musique et d’un film.

It’s sure to be a cracker of an evening.


On Sunday 22nd of March 2020, Feilding Brass will join in once again with the host Levin & District Brass as they present Brass In The Park at Levin Adventure Park.

This is the bands first engagement for the year and will set the scene for the rest of 2020. Feilding Brass will take the stage at around 12.30pm. There will be 2 other bands performing as well. Look forward to seeing you there.


The first of two big events in 2020 for Feilding Brass, is being a part of the New Zealand Military Tattoo which is being held in Palmerston North.

Feilding Brass will be amongst 4 other civilian brass bands as part of the massed bands and pipers during the performance. Music for the event was handed out on Wednesday nights rehearsal and its fair to say that the band will be working hard to help create a fantastic show.

You can get tickets for the event by clicking the link:  NZ Military Tattoo 2020


Feilding Training Brass started their first rehearsal on February 10th under the leadership of Catherine Duxfield, with 2 new players joining the band, along with 2 senior members who help out, playing different instruments for the first time from what they normally play in the senior band.

So it goes to show that you are never too old or even experienced, to learn a new instrument and give yourself a new challenge.

Until next time…


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Seasons Greetings

Hello and welcome to the December 2019 E-Newsletter from Feilding Brass.

Monday December 2nd at 7pm at the Feilding Brass bandroom, saw the End of Year Concert performed by the Feilding Brass Training Band, lead by Conductor and Tutor, Catherine Duxfield.

The band has been practicing all year, and with the help from a few senior band band members was able to show family and friends, what they have been up to during 2019.

Click on Gallery for more photos.

It is due to the hard work behind the scenes that enables Catherine to do what she does so well with the training band, and we all appreciate what she does with the learners.

Training Band is on Christmas break and will start up again on Monday 10th February 2020 at 5pm at the Feilding Brass Bandroom in Council Place, Feilding.

If you would like to know more about the Training Band, or would like your child or even yourself to learn an instrument please contact Catherine on 027 261 2929.


December is always a busy time for Feilding Brass as we get into all the Christmas events right up until the big day that Santa visits.

A small group of players from the band went to Melody’s New World in Palmerston North and played Christmas carols for 3 hours to shoppers as they did their holiday grocery shopping. A good time had by all.


With Christmas, comes parades and this year some members of Feilding Brass helped out our fellow bands people in Danniverke and Levin with their parades as well as our own parades that we do in Ashhurst and of course Feilding.

Its times like these that small town bands come together and help each other out for their respective towns as they help us out, and it really is a great thing to see all our communities coming together and supporting each other.

Dannevirke Xmas Parade

Ashhurst Xmas Parade

Levin Xmas Parade

Feilding Xmas Parade


Our very last playout for the year was the Feilding Carols by Candlelight which was held at the Feilding Civic Centre on Sunday 22nd December 2019, where the band did a 30 minute mini concert at 7pm. Then Christmas carols began at 7.30pm  which all the children, young and old thoroughly enjoyed.

For more photos of our Xmas events, click on Gallery.


As the year comes to an end, Feilding Brass would like to thank everyone who has supported us during the year. Our wonderful audiences who keep coming back for more, and our sponsors who have helped us attend events. Most of all, we would like to thank our MD Carissa Davies for all her behind the scenes organising that she does for the band. A band is not a great band, without its leader and we appreciate all you do.

Feilding Brass rehearsing with the choir, prior to Feilding Carols by Candlelight.

Feilding Brass starts back up again on Wednesday 5th February 2020 at 7.30pm at the bandroom. If you would like more information about our band or would like to join, you can contact us via the details below. Or click on the Facebook icon and send us a message.

We hope you all have had an enjoyable Christmas, and look forward to seeing you in the new year. Thank you for your support.


You can contact Feilding Brass via:

feildingbrass@gmail.com
P.O. Box 158 Feilding
027 357 9194

Singing With The Band

Hello and welcome to the November 2019 E-Letter from Feilding Brass.

Sunday afternoon it was, the band was due to play.

A bit of a dreary Sunday, but people came anyway.

In the Feilding Civic Centre, where Carissa led the band.

A concert called “Sing & Toot”. It really would be grand.

Starting off the concert, we played the famous “Ticket To Ride”.

And Nadia played the solo “I’m Yours”, on her very musical slide.

We also had a sing-a-long, with the audience taking part.

Good old songs from yesterday. They were singing from the heart.

Our special guest artist Erna, sang her little set

With such amazing talent, a performance not to forget.

She graced us with her presence, in the second half as well

Once again with her vocals, and a musical tale to tell.

In the midst of the second half, a new soloist this time.

Michael played “Benedictus”. A beautiful tune of all time.

Another chance for a sing-a-long. Who could so no.

“It’s A Long Way To Tipperary, It’s a long way to go…”

“Deep Inside The Sacred Temple”, a duet for E Flat bass.

Played by Keenan and Nigel. Such beauty and grace.
(The music, that is).

To end our amazing concert, Sir Duke echoed the hall.

Thank you to our audience and our sponsors.

Thank you one and all.


Feilding Brass would also like to acknowledge long service awards this year to band members Terry Lowe, Karen Willis and Murray Coffey who all got 25 year service awards, presented to them by the Manawatu district Mayor Helen Worboys.

Please click on Gallery to see these and more photos from our Sing & Toot concert, taken by photographer Jarod Carruthers.

On Monday 2nd December 2019 at 7pm at the Feilding Brass Bandroom, our Training Band led by Catherine Duxfield is having their end of year concert. Come along and see what they have been up to during this year, and have a chat with Catherine.

Coming up in December the band is once again in full Christmas swing with parades in Dannevirke, Ashhurst, Levin and Feilding. As well as Carols by Candlelight in Feilding.

Hope to see you at one of them.


Nationals in Hamilton – July 2019


Feilding Brass in the warm up room prior to going on stage.

July 12 & 13 saw Feilding Brass participate in the 2019 New Zealand Brass Band Championships which was held in Hamilton.

It has been 6 years since the band attended a National contest, and it was the first one that Musical Director Carissa Davies has taken the band to, so was a very proud moment for her.

On Friday 12th July the band played the Hymn “Mid All The Traffic” and set Test Piece “Penlee”, on day one of the C Grade competition at Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton.

During the days leading up to and during the contest, the weather was not playing very nicely and due to the ongoing rain, the organisers decided to call off the traditional Street March part of the competition.

However, since the Claudelands Event Centre is so huge they decided to have an impromptu  “Indoor Parade of Bands” to those bands that wanted to have a march, which would not be judged. So around 7 bands including the visiting Chicago Brass Band from USA took up the offer, which pleased the public.

On Saturday 13th July, Feilding Brass played their Own Choice test music “Dark Side Of The Moon” which was well received in the auditorium, and the band came off stage feeling very proud of what we had played.

Competition results for a band that has not competed at this level for 6 years, was a good result for the band. Feilding Brass came 3rd= in the Hymn, and 4th in the Test and Own Choice with an overall placing of 4th in New Zealand for the C Grade competition for 2019.

A great deal of thanks has to go to Carissa Davies and Stephen Lawton for steering the band in the right direction leading up to and during this National contest. The band appreciates the hard work behind the scenes that was put in to getting the band into contest mode and seeing it through.

As always, getting to competition is made easier with the support of local businesses to get us there, so the band would like to acknowledge the financial support of the above businesses for backing the band.

Our next competition will be the Central Districts Association Contest, which will be on Saturday August 31st & Sunday September 1st 2019 in Palmerston North, so we look forward to seeing you there. More information about the contest will come next month.
For more photos of Feilding Brass playing at the Nationals, please click on Gallery.

Would like to say a big thanks to Tim from Brassbanned for the live streaming of this event which allows for these great photo shots.

 

 

Off We Go!

Today, members of Feilding Brass head up to Hamilton to compete in the C Grade section of the New Zealand Brass Band Championships 2019.

Months of hard work with practice, practice, practice will see the band competing on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July which will be live streamed on http://www.brassbanned.com

Behind the scenes our MD Carissa Davies has done alot of work getting the band prepared for this competition and we are very grateful for what she has done.

The 2 band events that Feilding Brass is in on Friday start at 9am and 12.30pm, and the one on Saturday starts at 10am. Click on the pictures below for details.

A light hearted event was held last Friday when MD Carissa and Eb Bass player were on Manawatu 92.2 More Fm radio station talking about the band and upcoming contest, and having a bit of a tune on the Tuba. Was a lot of fun.

For a small town band going to a National Contest not only is a big commitment from band members musically, but also financially. So Feilding Brass would like to acknowledge and thank the following businesses for their support of our band to help us get to the Nationals.

We look forward to sharing our results with you, and wish to thank you all for your support of Feilding Brass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Will Remember Them

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.