Mangaweka Bridge Opening

Feilding Brass was proud to be a part of the official opening (postponed 111 years) of the Mangaweka Bridge Opening and Pioneer Day on March 7th. On a fine and warm day the band, doing their best to fit the period by being dressed in their marching uniforms, entertained the crowds as they prepared for the bridge opening and as the parade of vintage cars rolled past.

The program was a little unusual for Feilding Brass, with a collection of tunes popular or well known 100+ years ago, from the ever popular Jerusalem, through Londonderry Air, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, to the 1914 march (with Tipperary) and the timeless Instant Concert.

Combined with Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir

It was a combination neither group had been a part of – brass band and Welsh ladies choir – but the end result was a wonderful Sunday afternoon of music at the Huia Centre in Palmerston North.

Our combined concert began with a bracket from Feilding Brass featuring six numbers. Once again Dan Griffiths on cornet wowed us with his silky rendition of a solo arrangement of Georgia on my Mind, and some rounded and resonant playing made for a soothing atmosphere in Hine e Hine.

The Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir performed nine pieces, singing with enthusiasm while being attentive to the subtleties of the music, and drawing the audience in as the mood became quieter. Highlights included the story-telling Shelter, and poignant So Far Away.

Finally the groups amassed together on-stage to perform Anthem from Chess, and Panis Angelicus, with the World in Union bringing the concert to a triumphant close.

Both groups thoroughly enjoyed the day and we hope the coming together of these two different kinds of musical group will remain a cherished memory for all involved.

Combined Concert with Dannevirke Brass

Today Feilding Brass and Dannevirke Brass combined forces in a concert at St. Johns church in Dannevirke.

First up was Dannevirke, aided by a few Feilding players, with a stylish collection of hits traversing the decades. Feilding followed with an eight piece program spanning the classic Goff Richards’ The Golden Lady, via classical, pop, and film-score, through to the hymn How Great Thou Art.

Then the combined forces were on display: starting unconducted with the classic march Invercargill; two numbers conducted by Neil Williams from Dannevirke, Mack the Knife, and the Imperial March; and the finale, One Moment In Time under the baton of Feilding director, Craig Holdaway.

The day was a wonderful success, thoroughly enjoyed by both bands and a sizable audience.

Feilding Festival 2014

The 21st Feilding Festival of Bands was held last Sunday, 25 May. Unusually it was held at Palmerston North Girls’ High School as our traditional home, the Feilding Civic Centre was being renovated. 7 brass, wind, and school bands participated under the watchful eye of adjudicator Andrew Stopps.

Results in playing order:

  1. Levin Centennial Concert Band – Silver Award; Runner-Up Most Entertaining
  2. Combined Porirua and Masterton Youth Band – Silver Award
  3. Havelock North High School Concert Band – Gold Award; Best Soloist
  4. Palmerston North Boys’ High School Concert Band – Gold Award
  5. Manawatu Concert Band – Gold Award; Most Entertaining
  6. Palmerston North Girls’ High School Jazz Band – Silver Award
  7. Feilding Brass – Gold Award; Runner-Up Best Soloist

A big thanks to KBB Music for their continued support. Please do check out their Wellington shop at 40 Cuba Street.

Contest Results

Feilding Brass won the reflective item and test at the combined Wellington and Central Districts brass band contest in Levin this weekend. The band played a transcription of the Moderato from the Slow Movement of Bruckner 7, and the Philip Harper piece Olympus.

We were pleased with the result, particularly in the reflective item which is an event that has challenged us in the past.

The band was also third in the concert program music.

Carols by Candlelight

Our year came to its grand conclusion with the always popular Feilding Carols by Candlelight.

The evening started with the band’s mini-concert, kicking off in flamboyant style with New York, New York; with One Moment in Time, Singin In The Rain, Home of Legends, and A Christmas Festival all well received by the capacity audience.

The band then joined with vocalists AJ and Val, three combined choirs, and the wonderful audience to render our collection of traditional carols and modern Christmas songs.

Merry Christmas everybody, and we’ll see you again in 2014.