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:

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

or send us a message on our Facebook page.

17 Days to Go!

With just 17 days to go, contest preparations are full steam ahead as we go through the final touches of Penlee and our other contest pieces.

Our Musical Director Carissa Davies has been working hard in front of the band and behind the scenes to organise, prepare, and lead as we get closer to contest day.

Carissa, the band really appreciates your dedication and commitment to getting us all ship shape so we can do Feilding proud and indeed ourselves proud in Hamilton.

On the marching front, our Drum Major Stephen Lawton has been busy with the band getting us street ready for the Street March section of the National Contest.

A man with many years of experience leading us down the right path of “covering and dressing, march behind the person in front, mark time, knees up, don’t look around!”

Windy or cold, we went out marching to the beat of Steve, and we are all the better for your knowledge and experience so thank you. PS. Happy birthday young man.

As we get closer to the Contest, its good to remember that with the guidance from Carissa and Stephen, a band is not a band without players. Behind all these stands are musicians that come together to have fun, be serious and enjoy playing music.

That is what makes Feilding Brass, a great band to be a part of.

National Contest is just around the corner and we look forward to maybe seeing you there, but if not hope you can watch it live on https://www.brassbanned.com/


You can contact Feilding Brass via:

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

or send us a message on our Facebook page.



 

 

 

 

In The Zone

May and June, sees Feilding Brass rehearsing solidly for the 2019 New Zealand Brass Band Championships being held in Hamilton this year from the 10th-14th July.

Feilding Brass will be competing in the C Grade section alongside equally capable bands in an event which will see over 25 bands from around NZ playing in grades A-D.

As with any national contest, it consists of Solo and party events starting on Wednesday 10th July, leading up to the band events on the Friday 12th and Saturday 13th July.

On the Friday, bands will play their Sacred Item and Test piece. The test piece for each grade is set by the association so the adjudicator has to listen to many renditions of the same piece to find the one who played the best. Also on this day will be the parade of bands where competing bands will march through the Hamilton streets.

On the Saturday, bands will play their Own Choice piece which each band can choose to best bring out their skills and music-ship.

On the Sunday, there will be a Gala Concert – Featuring Chicago Brass Band, Hamilton City Brass & Guest Soloists Harmen Vanhoorne, Trevor Bremner and Murray Borthwick.

For more information about the contest, times etc, click the link http://brasschamps2019.nz/contest-information

This years Test Piece is called Penlee. It is written about a lifeboat disaster in which 16 people died off the Cornwall Coast in 1981. Click on the link to see Drogheda Brass Band from Ireland playing it onstage. Penlee

This year, the adjudicator for the C Grade competition is Graham Hickman, who started his brass band career in Feilding.

As like last year, this years contest is being live streamed by Brassbanned , so you will be able to see all the action if you can’t be there.

As you can imagine our Musical Director and Drum Major are busily getting Feilding Brass into shape with Wednesday and Sunday rehearsals with every player digging deep to get things done. If you hear us around town making noises, its ok. We will be having marching practice at the old WritePrice supermarket carpark, weather permitting.

The band wishes to acknowledge the support we get from family of our players as contest rehearsal takes up a bit of family time, but is much appreciated as we go and represent the Manawatu at a National level.

The countdown continues…..


You can contact Feilding Brass via:

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

or send us a message on our Facebook page.

Training Band Concert

Coming up in two weeks, on Monday 3rd December at 7pm, Feilding Brass Training Band is having its end of year concert at the Feilding Brass bandroom.

Conductor Catherine Duxfield has been a superstar guiding light for the young ones and not so young ones throughout the year and the concert is the end result of lots and lots of practice and some more practice.

After the concert, feel free to have a chat with Catherine about learning possibilities for your child, or even yourself in 2019.

Look forward to seeing you there. Entry is free.

End of Year Concert – Coming Soon

Coming up this Saturday 10th November 2018 at 2pm, Feilding Brass’ End of Year Concert – A Musical Matinee, is being held at the Feilding Civic Centre, Aorangi Street Feilding.

Under the musical excellence of Carissa Davies, the band has had a good and busy year and this concert is a great way to end a great year.

Come along and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of glorious music.

Tickets are available at the Feilding Information Centre and Door sales on the day.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, and please tell your friends and family.

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Combined Concert with Levin & Districts Brass and Palmerston North Salvation Army Band.

Coming up on Sunday 4th November 2018 at 2.30pm, Feilding Brass, Levin & Districts Brass and Palmerston North Salvation Army Brass Band come together for an afternoon of wonderful music making, at the Palmerston North Salvation Army Church in Church Street, Palmerston North.

Each band will play a mini concert, then all 3 will join to play together to finish the afternoon’s entertainment.

Entry is by gold coin donation or canned food.

All proceeds go to the Palmerston North Salvation Army and their food bank.

Look forward to seeing you there.