Firewood Fundraiser

Hello and welcome to the September E-letter from Feilding Brass.

Always looking for new ways to fundraise for instruments, music, contesting and general upkeep, Feilding Brass have embarked on a Firewood Fundraiser.

The wood is Pine and the cost is $80 – Wet or $100 – Dry (per cube). At the moment the wood is still wet so will need to dry. Contact details and more info to come soon.

On Saturday band members and supporters got together and went out and chopped wood for around 3 hours with light rain on and off, but it didn’t deter us from getting the job done and making a start to this fundraiser.

For more photos click on Gallery.

On Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1st September 2019, Feilding Brass participated in the Central Districts Brass Band regional contest in Palmerston North at the Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys High School.

Overall we came 3rd out of all the district bands that competed this year. We were the only band in section 2, and we did ourselves and Feilding very proud, with the great leadership of Carissa Davies and the great sound that our band produced. A mention must go to our soloist Nadia Duxfield on trombone who gave a wonderful rendition of “I’m Yours” which gave her 2nd= place overall at this contest. Well done. It was a real team effort from the band.

Coming up on Saturday 12th October 2019, Feilding Brass is performing at Oktoberfest being held at the Palmerston North Cosmopolitan Club at 7.30pm. A night which is due to get ya toes tapping with a lot of oompah pah. Come along.

And finally, on Sunday 10th November at 2.30pm at the Feilding Civic Centre, Aorangi Street Feilding, Feilding Brass will have its end of year concert – Sing & Toot featuring Manawatu’s very own Erna Ferry.

Check back on our website, Facebook or Eventfinda for pricing etc.

This is going to be a wonderful afternoon of music where everyone can sing along.

See you there.

You can contact Feilding Brass via:
P.O. Box 158 Feilding
027 357 9194

or send us a message on our Facebook page.

Congratulations Michael Ashdown

Hello and welcome to the August E-letter from Feilding Brass.

Earlier this month, Feilding Brass Euphonium player Michael Ashdown has been selected in the 2020 National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand. Mike is a very accomplished musician and is a valued band member. As a Feilding Brass member, the band is very proud of you and look forward to seeing and hearing you play next year. Details to come at a later stage of where the  National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand will be performing. Well done Mike.

Just over a month ago the band came back from competing in the 2019 National Brass Band Championships in Hamilton where we came a very respectable 4th in the C Grade competition. There is rest for us at the moment.

Coming up this weekend, 31st August & 1st September is the Central Districts Brass Band contest being held this year in Palmerston North. The venue for both days is at Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys High School starting at 10.45am on the Saturday with Solos & Party events, and on the Sunday starting at 9am with the Band events.

The band is once again in contesting mode and Musical Director Carissa Davies is keeping her eye on the prize and making sure we are on target for another musical competition. As with any musical group, it takes a great leader to lead a group of people like us, but with our best foot forward with her guidance, we will prosper.

There will be 6 bands competing this weekend and we look forward to seeing you there.

As the band moves forward and the years roll on, we sometimes can forget about our past and the many smiling faces that made up the band and shaped us into what we are now. Some have moved on to different things, greater things and some have passed away. In the photo above, there are only two members that are still in the band today which goes to show how far we have come with the new faces that have joined us over the years and enhanced our band with their sound and knowledge. The question is…..which two?

How many in the photo do you recognise?

“Copper instruments make the symphony sounds, so much better than brass.
Copper is a much better conductor.”

February’s Forte’

February sees Feilding Brass in full swing, rehearsing for our first gig for 2019 which    is on Sunday 24th March as part of Brass In The Park, a free concert in Levin, hosted    by Levin & Districts Brass.

Starting at 12.30pm, the concert features Levin Centennial Concert Band,
Levin & Districts Brass, Feilding Brass, Trust Porirua City Brass and
Kapiti Brass.

This will truly be an afternoon of wonderful brass playing full of entertaining music.

Feilding Training Band started up on 11th February, and have 3 new learners who have joined the group which is a great sight to see. One of which is learning the drum kit, so Steve better look out. He has competition now. It’s great to see Senior band members coming along to help out and guiding the learners during practise.

Also on our radar is the New Zealand Tattoo being held in Palmerston North on the 12th & 13th April,  which Feilding Brass is participating in.  Playing alongside such great bands as The NZ Army Band, Brass Wanganui and Royal New Zealand Air Force Band and others, this is going to be an amazing experience for everyone.

Watch this space.

Tickets are available at


The New Year Begins

On January 30th, at our bandroom Feilding Brass started practise for the new year ahead, blowing out the cobwebs with a few new pieces donated to the band and others to get our lips back into shape.

With Carissa and Stephen at the helm, and a new year planned with exciting activities, along with our regular community events, we will be a very busy band, and look forward to seeing you at them.

Watch this space!

Feilding Brass Training Band starts back up on Monday 11th February 2019 at 5pm at the bandroom, so if you know of anyone who would like to learn a brass instrument come along and have a chat with the Training Band conductor, Catherine Duxfield.

2018 was a good year for Feilding Brass, and we have put together a slideshow of our events.


2018 Out, 2019 In.

December, as always has been a busy time for Feilding Brass with 3 Christmas parades and ending with Feilding Carols by Candlelight, and Living Xmas in Manchester Square.

As 2018 comes to a close, we would like to thank everyone who has supported Feilding Brass over the year, and look forward to seeing you all in 2019 as we do it again.

Gigs coming up in the New Year : Brass In The Park, ANZAC Day Services x 3 and Feilding Festival of Bands to name a few.

Feilding Brass rehearsal starts up again on Wednesday 30th January 2019 at 7.30pm and Training Band starts back on Monday 11th February 2019 at 5pm.

Have a safe and happy New Year.

The Passing of Ray Toy

Feilding Brass wishes to acknowledge the passing of  Ray Toy on the 8th October 2018.

Ray was a big part of Feilding Municipal Band as it was known back in the day.

He was involved with the junior band and conducted the Senior band for a number of years. Ray was National Open Baritone Champion.

He also had an agricultural shop in Feilding for awhile, called Allegro Agriculture.

Rest in peace Mr Toy, you were a huge influence on many an aspiring brass band player.

Symon Business Equipment Supports Feilding Brass

Dan Griffiths – Director/Sales – Symon Business Equipment, Palmerston North


Feilding Brass has been very fortunate with the kind generosity from Palmerston North business, Symon Business Equipment, who has donated a Sharp Multifunction Printer to the band.

Dan Griffiths, Director and Sales at Symon Business Equipment, has been a huge  supporter and playing member in Feilding Brass for many years.

It is with great appreciation from the Management Committee and band members, that we accept this generous gift, and thank Dan and his business for supporting Feilding Brass.

Symons started in 1986. They have been helping businesses and organisations for a long time and you can be confident that they are here for you now, and into the future.

Symon Business

58 Taonui Street
P.O. Box 4335
Palmerston North 4442

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Ph: 06 356 2330
Fax: 06 356 2331

Supporting Feilding Brass

One part of being in a community group is fundraising. To enable us to continue what we do in the community to entertain you.

Along with Concerts and Community Events, one of our other fundraising activities is on Trade Me.

Whether you are  looking for a bargain or want to support Feilding Brass Band, then please head over to the Feilding Brass Trade Me Page where you may well find yourself a treasure, and you will be supporting our band as well.

If there is another way you would like to support us, please email us at and we will get in contact with you.

Thank you for your support.

Our Youth in Banding

One great thing about playing in a musical group is not just playing a tune, its also about learning, no matter how old you are.

At senior band rehearsal tonight, percussionist Steve is showing new percussionist Sarah the correct technique for doing a cymbal roll.

Good to see the young ones interested in music, and the more experienced players willing to teach their skill.