Combined Central Districts and Wellington Band Contest 2016

On April 9th and 10th, 2016, Feilding is hosting 12 bands from the lower North Island in the biennial combined district brass band contest.

On Saturday each band performs a reflective item and test piece. This is held in the Feilding Civic Centre with the first band starting at 1pm and the last expected to finish around 6:30pm.

On Sunday the bands each perform a ‘concert program’, a 30 minute bracket with a wider variety of program choice and more emphasis on entertainment. This is also held in the Feilding Civic Centre, between 9am and 5pm, with a two hour gap from 11:30am.

Filling in that gap on Sunday is the march, where the bands play while marching down the street. This starts at 12.15 going down Eyre Street, weather permitting.





Mangaweka Bridge Opening

Feilding Brass was proud to be a part of the official opening (postponed 111 years) of the Mangaweka Bridge Opening and Pioneer Day on March 7th. On a fine and warm day the band, doing their best to fit the period by being dressed in their marching uniforms, entertained the crowds as they prepared for the bridge opening and as the parade of vintage cars rolled past.

The program was a little unusual for Feilding Brass, with a collection of tunes popular or well known 100+ years ago, from the ever popular Jerusalem, through Londonderry Air, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, to the 1914 march (with Tipperary) and the timeless Instant Concert.

Combined with Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir

It was a combination neither group had been a part of – brass band and Welsh ladies choir – but the end result was a wonderful Sunday afternoon of music at the Huia Centre in Palmerston North.

Our combined concert began with a bracket from Feilding Brass featuring six numbers. Once again Dan Griffiths on cornet wowed us with his silky rendition of a solo arrangement of Georgia on my Mind, and some rounded and resonant playing made for a soothing atmosphere in Hine e Hine.

The Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir performed nine pieces, singing with enthusiasm while being attentive to the subtleties of the music, and drawing the audience in as the mood became quieter. Highlights included the story-telling Shelter, and poignant So Far Away.

Finally the groups amassed together on-stage to perform Anthem from Chess, and Panis Angelicus, with the World in Union bringing the concert to a triumphant close.

Both groups thoroughly enjoyed the day and we hope the coming together of these two different kinds of musical group will remain a cherished memory for all involved.

Combined Concert with Dannevirke Brass

Today Feilding Brass and Dannevirke Brass combined forces in a concert at St. Johns church in Dannevirke.

First up was Dannevirke, aided by a few Feilding players, with a stylish collection of hits traversing the decades. Feilding followed with an eight piece program spanning the classic Goff Richards’ The Golden Lady, via classical, pop, and film-score, through to the hymn How Great Thou Art.

Then the combined forces were on display: starting unconducted with the classic march Invercargill; two numbers conducted by Neil Williams from Dannevirke, Mack the Knife, and the Imperial March; and the finale, One Moment In Time under the baton of Feilding director, Craig Holdaway.

The day was a wonderful success, thoroughly enjoyed by both bands and a sizable audience.

Carols by Candlelight

Our year came to its grand conclusion with the always popular Feilding Carols by Candlelight.

The evening started with the band’s mini-concert, kicking off in flamboyant style with New York, New York; with One Moment in Time, Singin In The Rain, Home of Legends, and A Christmas Festival all well received by the capacity audience.

The band then joined with vocalists AJ and Val, three combined choirs, and the wonderful audience to render our collection of traditional carols and modern Christmas songs.

Merry Christmas everybody, and we’ll see you again in 2014.


Xmas Parade Weekend

On Saturday we led the Ashhurst Xmas Parade up Cambridge Avenue.

Today we played carols in two ensembles during lunchtime in the Feilding Christmas Carnival, then marched #57 in the Christmas Parade through an, as always, packed and bustling crowd lining Feilding town centre.

So it has been a busy weekend of seasonal events. Just one to go next weekend!