We Are Back

17th June 2020, saw Feilding Brass return to the bandroom as a group, and it was great to be back. Not sure yet what upcoming gigs we have, so watch this space.

Feilding Brass Inc. notice of AGM. The Annual General Meeting will be held at the bandrooms, Council Place Feilding, on Wednesday July 15th at 8.30pm.
All welcome.

Covid-19 Update – Level 2

A quick Covid update…

At this point Feilding Brass committee have agreed to wait another fortnight (ie. at least until the 10th of June) before we look at resuming rehearsals.
We will send out another update in the week of the 10th with further info.

Feilding Brass Senior Band and our Training Band look forward to getting back in the bandroom where it is safe for all concerned so we can be together to rehearse and be able to entertain our community once again. Keep safe.

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.

 

 

Covid-19 & March Update

As you are all aware by now, Covid-19 has taken a hold of the world, and here in New Zealand we are starting to feel the effects.

Ministry of Health – Covid-19

As of last week, all Feilding Brass band events are cancelled until further notice, and band rehearsals have also been suspended until further notice.

In a message from our Musical Director, Carissa Davies, “Considering the current situation it is in the best interests of our players, our families and our community that we do what we can to minimize the risk to our health and wellbeing.
You will of course be kept posted on any changes to this situation – the time frame at this point is unclear.”

As hard as this is for our band and many other bands and musical groups, for the time being home practice is a must to keep you in form.


The last playout our band has had this year so far was on 12th March at the opening night of the 2020 French Film Festival NZ at Event Cinemas in Palmersrton North.

Steve Mackley, Dan Griffiths and Nigel Towers provided music as the guests mix and mingled with each other prior to the first movie starting. It was a great atmosphere where Steve sang “Beyond The Sea” in French. Well done guys.


The band has had 6 events cancelled due to Covid-19. Brass in the Park in Levin was due to be held on Sunday 22 March, The New Zealand Military Tattoo was due to be held on Saturday 4 April, 3 ANZAC Day services on 25 April and Feilding Festival of Bands which was due to be held on Sunday 7 June 2020.

With the government announcing indoor and outdoor restrictions on gatherings, the call was made for the sake of public health and safety that these events will not go ahead.

The senior band and training band have also made the call to suspend all rehearsals for the time being.


As ANZAC Day services have been cancelled this year, the public are being encouraged to stand at dawn at 6am at the end of your own driveway for a minutes silence.

A few individual members from the band will be playing The Last Post on their respective instruments at the end of their driveways on ANZAC Day.

Together, we will remember them.

 

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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Happy New Year 2020

A very happy new year to you all from Feilding Brass.

2020 is a very big year for Feilding Brass as we have 2 very big events amongst our other events coming up this year. One being the New Zealand Military Tattoo being held in Palmerston North on Saturday 4th April 2020 and the 25th Feilding Festival of Bands being held at the Feilding Civic Centre on Sunday 7th June 2020.

The year has started as it always does with music sorting just this Wednesday night with many band members coming along getting last years music filed and tidied up and back where it hibernates until needed once again. Thank you to all who helped out.

Wednesday 5th January 2020 sees the bands first rehearsal for the year, and I can guarantee by the end of 2 hours there will be a few rubber lips.


Probably the only person who won’t, will be Euphonium player Michael Ashdown, who has been on tour with the National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand, in the South Island over our summer holidays.

Sitting in the 3rd Euphonium seat, Michael has worked very hard to get to this stage, and Feilding Brass are very proud of his achievements. To see them in action, a recent concert was filmed live on Facebook. To view it, Click here.


During the break, our resident painter/decorator, Stephen Lawton has been a very busy lad sprucing up the bandroom. With a fresh coat of white on the walls and blue on the doors. It looks amazing Steve, thank you.


As the band continues to find ways to fundraise, we are once again doing our firewood fundraiser. If you need wood for the winter and want to support Feilding Brass, or you would like to support the band in any way please email our band secretary at feildingbrass@gmail.com .


Feilding Brass Training Band kicks into gear as well, on Monday 10th February 2020 at 5.30pm. We look forward to another year under the leadership of Catherine Duxfield.

 


And to finish off our first update for 2020, do you recognise these characters?

If you do, don’t let them in the bandroom. Happy New Year to you all.


You can contact Feilding Brass via:

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