Brass In The Park Returns

Happy 2021 everyone.

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 feildingbrass@gmail.com.

2020 Comes To An End

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.

Level 1 Returns

Hello and welcome to the September update for Feilding Brass.

Once again we find ourselves in Level 1, and with that, it means that gatherings can be more than 100. That is great news for our band and other performing groups because it means that big events can now go ahead.

Just in the nick of time, this coming weekend, the Manawatu Tattoo 2020 is being held at Manfield Stadium in Feilding.  Feilding Brass has also been invited to perform in the opening and closing ceremony’s, which we look forward to.

The spectacle will showcase women in the arts, those that sing, those that play and those that dance. Nearly 250 local, national and international performers will present a spectacle of sound and sensation!
Special guests are ‘Brass and Brass’, made up of brass band players from around New Zealand. ‘Piping Pink’ and stellar entertainer Suzanne Prentice. Suzanne is back by popular demand and will be one of the many highlights of the Tattoo.

This will be the first official band gig that Feilding Brass has been able to perform this year, so members of the band are looking forward to finally getting out into the public setting and doing what we do best. Being able to support Bras and Brass, and Piping Pink in their fundraising efforts for Breast Cancer, while being part of a Tattoo is truely an honour for us.

If you would like to attend this event, you can get tickets from the Feilding Information Centre, the Palmerston North I-Site or online.

Another event coming up for the band in October, is the 3rd Annual Beerfest being held at the Palmerston North Cosmopolitan Club on Saturday 31st October 2020. Always a fun night had by all.

Saving the best news till last, Feilding Brass can announce that we will be holding our eagerly awaited end of year concert on Saturday 14th November at Feilding Civic Centre.. Time and details coming soon so watch this space.

Feilding Brass would like to thank everyone for their support, including our sponsors and we look forward to entertaining you the best way we know how.

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August Update

Hello everyone, here is the August update from Feilding Brass.

With all the ups and downs that Covid-19 is giving us, we really do feel like it’s given us lemons. Now we are at Level 2, band rehearsals can continue, but with social distancing, hand sanitiser and the most important QR tracer app.

We were very fortunate to have 10 ensembles donated to the band which we have been playing since we returned to rehearsals after the first lockdown. We appreciate the support to help get us back on our feet, during these times when the band hasn’t been able to do public appearances.

Feilding Brass does have 3 events coming up which we hope will go ahead, but as these covid times are uncertain, unfortunately can not be totally guaranteed. But we are always looking on the bright side.

The first event would see some Feilding Brass players be apart of the Manawatu Tattoo being held in Feilding in late September. The second event is playing in the Oktoberfest at the Palmerston North Cosmopolitan Club in late October. And the third one at this stage is of course our very own End Of Year Concert in mid November. Not forgetting of course in December, when all the Xmas fun happens.

Tune in for event updates when they happen.

Just a reminder, if you come to our bandroom, we have the official MOH tracer app in our hallway so you can sign in to log your location. If you do not have the technology, band registrar Nigel Towers will come see you and take your name and contact number so we can log you at our bandroom on the day of your visit.

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.