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.

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.

Merry Xmas from Feilding Brass

Feilding Xmas Parade

Its that time of year again when Xmas parades are all go. As a standing tradition, Feilding Brass, Levin & Districts Brass and Dannevirke Brass help each other out to bolster numbers and just have a real good time. Parades done this year were Ashhusrt, Dannevirke and Feilding. Unfortunately due to bad weather, Levin was cancelled.

Dannevirke Xmas Parade
Ashhurst Xmas Parade

As like all other times of the year, our final playout was Christmas Carols in Feilding.

This is a very special playout, as it is our MD Carissa Davies’ last out in front of the band.

Carissa won’t be leaving the band, but returning to play Euphonium in 2023, so we look forward to seeing her on that in the new year.

On behalf of the band and all our supporters, we would like to thank Carissa for all her hard work in front of the band and all that she did behind the scenes to keep the band going. We appreciate all you have done for us.

Feilding Brass / Palmerston North Brass Combined Concert

26th November 2022 saw Feilding Brass and Palmerston North Brass in a Combined Concert to end the year on a high note.

The concert started with Palmerston North Brass Academy lead by Mat Johnston, who played 4 pieces for the audience.

Once the stage had been reset, Feilding Brass came out, lead by MD Carissa Davies and did a 40 min bracket. Soloist were Andrew on Flugel Horn and Nigel on Eb Bass.

After half time tea and cake supplied by Palmerston North Brass, their band came out on stage and performed their segment under MD Keenan Buchannan.

Soloists were Carmel and Allan, both on Trombone.

Then Feilding Brass and Palmerston North Brass came together and performed 2 combined pieces chosen by each MD.

A wonderful night had by everyone and we hope happens again in the future.

Coming up, Feilding Brass is in Christmas Parade mode playing in Ashhurst, Dannevirke, Levin, and of course Feilding parade.

Music, Muffins and More

22nd October 2022 saw Feilding Brass back in concert, back in the Feilding Centre after a while of being away. It was good to be there.

Music varied from Another One Bite The Dust, All That Jazz, Hine Hine to The Wellerman.

The concert included solos from Andrew Aitken playing Under The Boardwalk and Nadia Aitken playing Stardust, in the first half and second half respectively.

We were very lucky to have two guest vocalists with us, Andrew Jamieson and Erica Ward who sang with us throughout the concert, which added to enjoyment of the afternoon.

This year we introduced the concept of having an afternoon tea while watching and listening to the band, and it was a great success.

Feilding Brass wishes to acknowledge and thank Wayne Belk for being our photographer for the day. It was much appreciated. We would also like to thank the following sponsors, that helped make today possible – Alsco, Mikey’s Building Services, Feilding & District Promotion Inc, Gilmours, Reuben Lueng-Wai and Nigel Towers.

Please enjoy some more photos from the concert and we hope to see you next time.

Anzac Day 2022 in Feilding

Feilding Brass will be attending the dawn service at the Feilding Cenotaph as we pay our respects to the fallen. No marching this year in Feilding but it will still be just as special.

Feilding RSA president Captain Barrie Law beside the cenotaph at Feilding’s Manchester Square.

We Will Remember Them.