End of Year Delight

After another year of covid disruptions, Feilding Brass held its end of year concert at the Feilding Salvation Army on Saturday 13 November 2021.

Under the leadership of Carissa Davies and with a lovely covid distanced audience, the band delighted the musical senses with Don’t Stop Me Now, Come On Eileen, Life on Mars and the hymn Colne amongst other pieces.

Our first soloist of the day was Andrew on Flugel playing Under The Boardwalk. Andrew is a fine player who plays in Levin & Districts Brass and has been coming to our rehearsals for a while, and we appreciate his support.

In between the senior band music, we had 3 members of our our training band band play a little solo each. They are Jonathan on cornet, Joanna on horn, Jasmine on cornet. Well done for coming along and playing for us all.

Being unable to compete in our regional contest this year, the band also played the hymn Colne, 2 movements from the Test piece A Malvern Suite and our street march music Victoria.

Our second soloist for the day was Annika, playing Tell Me On A Sunday. A beautiful piece played by our very talented Solo Horn player.

Earlier this year cornet player and ex conductor of Feilding Brass, Murray Coffey passed away. In remembrance of him, the band played a piece that Murray had donated to the band to perform at an upcoming contest. He donated the Salvation Army piece Meditation-Abide With Me, which was also played at his funeral and the band was fortunate to have his wife Val in the audience at our concert as we paid tribute to this true gentleman.

Near the end of our concert we came to a very special moment where we celebrated the huge achievement from our kit player/drum major/band president Stephen Lawton who has just celebrated 50 years of service to the brass band world. Including time spent with Trust Porrirua City Brass, Levin & Districts Brass and our very own Feilding Brass.

(From Dan’s speech) As drum major, Steve has consistently won award after award, for his drum major role and because of his discipline and teaching the band has also won awards for marching.

 His drive and tenacity really helped us all switch on when it really mattered and to give our all. 

Steve has been the band manager for a number of years, in fact I don’t think I have enough fingers and maybe toes to count on. He is currently the President of the band, and has been on the committee for.. well, I just couldn’t say… 

As most of you may know by now, Steve shies away from the limelight .. or at least in the public he does .. At the band room I am sure he bases his behaviour on the  animal from the Muppets if any of you here know what I am talking about… I think Steve has actually only been wrong once in his total of 50 years banding, and that was when he thought he made a mistake … 

There is just so much I could say about Steve, but for now I want to acknowledge Steves achievement for 50 years in banding, but in some ways more importantly his service, and on a local level, to Feilding brass.

Steve receives his 50 year certificate from Feilding Brass musical director, Carissa Davies.

On behalf of Feilding Brass and all in the brass band world, congratulations Steve on your 50 years service. Here’s to 50 more.

Coming up: Feilding Brass looks forward to the silly season in the new traffic light system, with carols in Feilding square and the static Feilding Xmas parade.

The band would also like to thank our musical director Carissa Davies and the band committee for all the behind the scenes work they do to keep the band going during these covid times.

2022 is hopefully going to be an awesome year and we look forward to the new challenges that await us.

On behalf of the band, we would like to wish you all a very merry xmas and a wonderful new year.

Bold As Brass – Feilding Brass In Concert

After a difficult year we are thrilled to announce that next weekend Feilding Brass will be presenting their end of year concert to the public.

In typical style the band will present numbers from a range of genres- from traditional to swing through to pop.

The concert will also feature members of our training band, playing a range of solo items.

Entry is by gold coin donation and audience members will have the option to scan or sign in. Please wear a mask and adhere to social distancing rules.

Our concert will begin at 1:30pm, Feilding Salvation Army Corps building, Manchester Street.

We hope to see you there for a wonderful afternoon of music!

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.

Feilding Brass Returns

September saw a proper return to the public with members of Feilding Brass taking part in the Manawatu Tattoo along side Bras and Brass, and Piping Pink. With two performances, it truly was a great way to come back, due to Covid stopping all of our gigs since March 2020.

Though small in number, we represented Feilding Brass with enthusiasm and pride. Looking forward to it next time.

October 31st saw Feilding Brass perform for the 3rd year at the Oktoberfest at the Palmerston North Cosmopolitan Club led but Steve Mackley and Carissa Davies. A lot of omm-pah-pah and boomps-si-daisy with the odd zuper rang out through the night. Wunderbar.

November 1st, saw the Turbos come to town and play a game at Manfeild and Feilding Brass along with the pipe band were asked to do the halftime entertainment. So after a quick rehearsal, we were front and centre at half time marching the full length of the field and back playing Scotland the Brave, on a very very very windy day indeed. The Turbos won.

Friday November 6th and The New Zealand Army Band came to Feilding and did a concert in the Civic Centre. Was good to see ex Feilding Brass player Kevin Hickman (not pictured) still playing in that band. With such a high standard of musicianship, it was an outstanding concert and we look forward to seeing them again.

The rest of November is a busy one for Feilding Brass with our own concert, “Concert For Our Community” on Saturday 14th November at the Feilding Salvation Army at 2pm. Support acts are Paddy Evenson, Lydia McDonnell and our very own Feilding Brass Training Band. We look forward to seeing you there.

On November 28th, members of Feilding Brass will be helping out Levin & Districts Brass as they have their Christmas Parade. Next day (29th) there will be a combined concert in Levin with Levin & Districts Brass, The Salvation Army Levin Corps Band and Feilding Brass.

The very next day, on the 30th November 2020 at 7pm at the Feilding Brass Bandroom, our Training Band is having its End of Year concert. Catherine Duxfield has been putting the band through its paces and they look forward to seeing you at their concert. Age is no barrier when you are learning a new instrument, and it is great to see new learners, young and old. Entry is free.

If that wasn’t enough, we have December just around the corner, and that means Christmas stuff is is coming. Keep a look out for our next update and see where we will be playing.

It’s great to be back!

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.