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.
Feilding Brass would like to acknowledge the ongoing support from Dan & Angela at Symon Business Equipment in Palmerston North for the supply and maintenance of our photocopier in the bandroom along with any other printing needs that we have.
Dan and Angela have been associated with the band and supported the band for many years, and Dan is an active player as Principal Cornet for the band.
After another year of covid disruptions, Feilding Brass held its end of year concert at the Feilding Salvation Army on Saturday 13 November 2021.
Under the leadership of Carissa Davies and with a lovely covid distanced audience, the band delighted the musical senses with Don’t Stop Me Now, Come On Eileen, Life on Mars and the hymn Colne amongst other pieces.
Our first soloist of the day was Andrew on Flugel playing Under The Boardwalk. Andrew is a fine player who plays in Levin & Districts Brass and has been coming to our rehearsals for a while, and we appreciate his support.
In between the senior band music, we had 3 members of our our training band band play a little solo each. They are Jonathan on cornet, Joanna on horn, Jasmine on cornet. Well done for coming along and playing for us all.
Being unable to compete in our regional contest this year, the band also played the hymn Colne, 2 movements from the Test piece A Malvern Suite and our street march music Victoria.
Our second soloist for the day was Annika, playing Tell Me On A Sunday. A beautiful piece played by our very talented Solo Horn player.
Earlier this year cornet player and ex conductor of Feilding Brass, Murray Coffey passed away. In remembrance of him, the band played a piece that Murray had donated to the band to perform at an upcoming contest. He donated the Salvation Army piece Meditation-Abide With Me, which was also played at his funeral and the band was fortunate to have his wife Val in the audience at our concert as we paid tribute to this true gentleman.
Near the end of our concert we came to a very special moment where we celebrated the huge achievement from our kit player/drum major/band president Stephen Lawton who has just celebrated 50 years of service to the brass band world. Including time spent with Trust Porrirua City Brass, Levin & Districts Brass and our very own Feilding Brass.
(From Dan’s speech) As drum major, Steve has consistently won award after award, for his drum major role and because of his discipline and teaching the band has also won awards for marching.
His drive and tenacity really helped us all switch on when it really mattered and to give our all.
Steve has been the band manager for a number of years, in fact I don’t think I have enough fingers and maybe toes to count on. He is currently the President of the band, and has been on the committee for.. well, I just couldn’t say…
As most of you may know by now, Steve shies away from the limelight .. or at least in the public he does .. At the band room I am sure he bases his behaviour on the animal from the Muppets if any of you here know what I am talking about… I think Steve has actually only been wrong once in his total of 50 years banding, and that was when he thought he made a mistake …
There is just so much I could say about Steve, but for now I want to acknowledge Steves achievement for 50 years in banding, but in some ways more importantly his service, and on a local level, to Feilding brass.
Steve receives his 50 year certificate from Feilding Brass musical director, Carissa Davies.
On behalf of Feilding Brass and all in the brass band world, congratulations Steve on your 50 years service. Here’s to 50 more.
Coming up: Feilding Brass looks forward to the silly season in the new traffic light system, with carols in Feilding square and the static Feilding Xmas parade.
The band would also like to thank our musical director Carissa Davies and the band committee for all the behind the scenes work they do to keep the band going during these covid times.
2022 is hopefully going to be an awesome year and we look forward to the new challenges that await us.
On behalf of the band, we would like to wish you all a very merry xmas and a wonderful new year.
Do you know someone who plays brass or percussion? Feilding Brass is looking for new players. Contact us as per flyer or you can message Feilding Brass Facebook page or our Musical Director, Carissa Davies. (021 049 4986).
Feilding Brass has its very first full band playout on Sunday 28th March 2021 with Brass In The Park, hosted by Levin & Districts Brass Band.
Due to covid lockdown last year, we were unable to do any of our scheduled band events which was very disappointing for the band, and I’m sure our audiences.
But in 2021 we are back in business starting with Brass In The Park. The line up for the afternoons entertainment at Adventure Park in Levin is:
11:30 a.m. – Kapiti Brass 12:30 p.m. – Levin & Districts Brass 1:30 p.m. – Feilding Brass 2:30 p.m. – Hawera Brass Free Admission Wet weather venue – The Salvation Army Worship & Community Centre, 11 Durham St, Levin (just around the corner, to the north of the Adventure Park), with a later start time of 12:30 p.m.
Our next playout will be at the re-scheduled Esplanade Day in Palmerston North. Feilding Brass will be playing at 3.40pm. Come along and have a great day out.
Victoria Esplanade is always a great place for a day out. With Palmy’s biggest playground, the popular paddling pool, accessible bushwalks and the beautiful rose gardens, as well as family favourites like the Esplanade Scenic Railway, Junior Road Safety Park, and Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery, there’s always so much to do.
But on this one special day each year, there’s even more! We’ve got live music and dance performances, food and craft stalls, and plenty of free activities for the whole whānau to enjoy.
Bring your family, your hats, and your sunscreen, and come on down and connect with your community.
Again, like last year Anzac Day commemorations were cancelled, so we are looking forward to being out in the Feilding, Sanson and Ashhurst communities and supporting everyone on the 25th April 2021. Lest We Forget.
And finally, in this edition, don’t forget the 25th Feilding Festival of Bands finally taking place on Sunday 20th June 2021, at the Feilding Civic Centre with our very special adjudicator, the great jazz trombonist himself, Rodger Fox which will include a FREE workshop at the conclusion of the event. For more information, contact our band secretary by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Late November and all of December are always a busy time of year for Feilding Brass, but this Covid year even with all its disruptions, has been no exception for the band.
November 14, Feilding Brass had its end of year community concert with special guests Paddy Evenson and Lydia McDonnell.
We also had items from Annika McBrearty and Steve Mackley which made for a wonderful afternoon of glorious music. The band wishes to thank Musical Director for her hard work in putting together a programme to share with our community.
Also performing at the concert, was the Feilding Brass Training Band under the baton of Catherine Duxfield, which was a great experience for the learning band to share with the senior band. The Training Band had its own end of year concert on November 30 at the bandroom which was received by a full audience. Thank you Catherine for all you do with the training band and tutoring the learners as they progress throughout the year.
On November 30, Feilding Brass along with Levin Salvation Army Band joined Levin & Districts Brass Band in their “Home Grown” concert series. A huge afternoon with 3 bands playing a mini concert and then coming together at the end for a massed band playing 3 pieces to entertain our Levin audience.
December, and that means Christmas parades, and to kick us off Levin had their parade with Feilding Brass and Dannevirke Brass helping Levin & Districts march down their main road with Santa just behind.
This year throughout December, saw members of Feilding Brass playing Christmas Carols at Melodys New World and Pioneer New World in Palmerston North to do a bit a fund raising as we havent been able to get out and about due to covid, so we would like to thank both New Worlds very much for allowing us to do this.
This time round it was time for Dannevirkes Christmas parade, and with the help of Feilding Brass, Levin & Districts Brass and this year Palmerston North Brass, we had a huge 33 strong band marching down Dannevirke high street with an awesome parade behind us.
Ashhurst parade would be our second to last parade for 2020 where we had Levin & Districts Brass and Palmerston North Brass come together to give some cheer to the local residents. Plus we played a few carols for them afterward. Such a great day.
Our last parade was of course our very own Feilding parade, and once again with our helpers from Levin and Dannevirke, we had THE best parade of them all. Just before the parade, a few Feilding Brass players got together to play some carols by the clock tower.
And finally……to finish the year off, Feilding Brass played at the Feilding Carols by Candlelight with a half hour mini concert, then straight into the carols that everuyone loves to sing.
This year being what it has been, has been quite tough for the band both musically and financially. We have been very humbled by the collection that was taken up at the carols unbeknownst to us and we are very grateful for the support we received that night from our community.
As 2020 comes to an end the band looks forward to 2021 and all the good things that are returning, which will include the 25th Feilding Festival of Bands amongst other exciting events.
The Management Committee along with the playing members of Feilding Brass and the Training Band would like to thank you all for your support and wish your a safe and happy holiday, and look forward to seeing you in 2021.