Anzac Day 2022 in Feilding

Feilding Brass will be attending the dawn service at the Feilding Cenotaph as we pay our respects to the fallen. No marching this year in Feilding but it will still be just as special.

Feilding RSA president Captain Barrie Law beside the cenotaph at Feilding’s Manchester Square.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/300566128/feilding-rsa-adamant-anzac-day-service-will-be-just-as-meaningful

We Will Remember Them.

Thank You “Symon Business Equipment” For Your Support

Feilding Brass would like to acknowledge the ongoing support from Dan & Angela at Symon Business Equipment in Palmerston North for the supply and maintenance of our photocopier in the bandroom along with any other printing needs that we have.

Dan and Angela have been associated with the band and supported the band for many years, and Dan is an active player as Principal Cornet for the band.

For all your photocopier and printing needs contact them today. https://symonbusiness.co.nz/

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

Ph: 06 356 2330
Fax: 06 356 2331
Email: info@symonbusiness.co.nz

Welcome 2022

Feilding Brass welcomes you all to 2022. What’s on?

Feilding Brass’ first playout for 2022 will be at Brass in the Park at Adventure Park in Levin on Sunday 27th March 2022 starting at 11am and finishing around 4pm.

Bands performing are:

11am: Kapiti Brass

Noon: Brasso

1pm: Feilding Brass

2pm: Palmerston North Brass

3pm: Levin & Districts Brass

The band has been very fortunate to have new music donated and we will be performing a few of them at the weekend which the band are very appreciative of.

As always, our musical director Carissa Davies and our committee are working behind the scenes to keep the band humming along.

Coming up in April, we have Anzac Day, but we will have more info on that day early next month.

If you are interested in joining the Senior Band, Training Band or having lessons please email us at feildingbrass@gmail.com or phone 0274 937 078.

See you next time.

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.