March 24, saw the first official gig of 2019 for Feilding Brass at Brass In The Park in Levin, hosted by Levin & Districts Brass Band. This included performances by Levin & Districts Brass Band, Feilding Brass, Porirua Brass and Kapiti Brass throughout the afternoon.
Feilding Brass’ set included two vocal numbers by Steve Mackley, singing Mack The Knife and Carissa Davies singing And All That Jazz.
A great afternoon was had by everyone, and the weather was perfect for the occasion.
15 March 2019, New Zealand saw its darkest day, with the terrorist event that happened in Christchurch killing 50 people. Feilding Brass wishes to send its condolences to the families of the victims taken from them.
The Feilding community held a vigil at the clock tower on Monday 18 March, and Feilding Brass was asked to play hymns for half an hour leading up to this event. A very solemn and heart felt evening in the square from all that came together.
Due to the events in Christchurch, the Palmerston North Council decided to postpone the New Zealand Tattoo, which was to be held on 12 & 13 April 2019 out of respect. Hopefully they will come up with another date at some stage.
With our hearts in our hands, we are one.
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
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 www.nztattoo.nz
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.
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.
Feilding Brass is a hive of activity in December as the Christmas season is upon us, with our Training Band having their end of year concert, and the senior band marching in 2 Christmas parades, helping out Dannevirke Brass Band with their parade and finishing off with Feilding Carols by Candlelight.
Saturday, 1st December
12pm – Dannevirke Christmas Parade.
Monday, 3rd December
7pm – Feilding Brass Training Band End of Year Concert – Feilding Brass Bandroom, Council Place, Feilding.
Saturday, 8th December
10am – Ashhurst Christmas Parade & Carols
Sunday, 9th December
12pm & 2pm – Feilding Christmas Carnival & Parade
Sunday, 16th December
7pm – Feilding Brass Mini Concert, then Carols at 7.30pm – Feilding Civic Centre.
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.
At rehearsal on Wednesday the band received a brand new piece of music, which has been kindly donated to Feilding Brass.
Deep Inside The Sacred Temple from The Pearl Fishers, arranged by Goff Richards, is a beautiful Euphonium duet which is just a pleasure to listen to and we are hoping it will be played by Michael Ashdown and Neil Hickmott at this years Feilding Carols by Candlelight on Sunday 16th December 2018 when Feilding Brass does a half hour mini concert before the carols begin.
Here is a performance of it from Newmilns & Galston Brass Band in the UK.
Hope you enjoy it and come along and hear it played by our band.