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.



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.

Covid-19 Update – Level 2

A quick Covid update…

At this point Feilding Brass committee have agreed to wait another fortnight (ie. at least until the 10th of June) before we look at resuming rehearsals.
We will send out another update in the week of the 10th with further info.

Feilding Brass Senior Band and our Training Band look forward to getting back in the bandroom where it is safe for all concerned so we can be together to rehearse and be able to entertain our community once again. Keep safe.

Anzac Day 2020

Anzac Day 2020 was a very different one than we, as a band would normally do. But due to Covid-19 and lockdown, as a band we did our very best to make sure the Last Post was still heard at some part of our community on behalf of Feilding Brass.

We had 4 in Feilding, 1 in Halcombe, 2 in Palmerston North, 1 in Longburn and 2 in Ashhurst play the Last Post & Reveille for our neighbours.

A very humbling and honouring experience no matter what instrument it was played on. It was a very special sight to see neighbourhoods come out and support each other during this time.

In one spot in Feilding a 9 year girl read out the Ode of Remembrance before the last post played, and that mad the occasion extra special.

Feilding Brass looks forward to seeing everyone next year as we all come together once again to remember the fallen.

Band member acknowledgement: Dan Griffiths, Helen Walker, Nigel Towers, Russell Schwartfeger, Roger Drayton, Karen Willis, Mike Clark, Michael Ashdown (Snr), Murray Coffey, MD Carissa Davies and Band President and Drum Major Stephen Lawton.

As we move into Level 3 on the 28th April, Feilding Brass will still not be allowed to rehearse. But be rest assured that when we are able to, we will be back up running and once again will be a proud accessory to our wonderful community.

As part of Anzac Day, Malcolm Barr from Hamilton has arranged a version of Abide With Me, for virtual brass band and Choir, in which 134 musicians including Nigel Towers (Eb Bass) from Feilding Brass took part.

Click on the above picture and it will link to the You Tube video. Such a pleasure to watch and listen.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

We Will Remember Them

Due to Covid-19, all Anzac Day services have been cancelled for 2020. Feilding Brass would normally have attended 3 services, in Feilding, Sanson and Ashhurst but like the rest of New Zealand we will #StandAtDawn at the end of our driveways at 6.00am and we will remember them together though we are apart.

As we are all standing at dawn, there will be a few Feilding Brass players spread around the Manawatu who will be playing the Last Post at the end of their driveways, which is going to be a very special moment at a time where we all can’t be together. Hopefully if its not too dark, someone may video one of them, so it will be able to be uploaded here.

As Covid-19 lockdown is at Level 4 until 28th April and we head into Level 3, Feilding Brass will still not be allowed to have rehearsals until we get permission to do so, which is a huge shame but for the good of our families and community, we must do it.

Home practise it is until we meet again.

Malcolm Barr from Hamilton Brass created an event on facebook where he asked bands people and choir singers to do a video of themselves playing various parts of Abide With Me, which he intends to amalgamate into one big presentation which he will screen on Anzac Day. I will upload it here when it becomes available. Special moment.

E kore rātou e kaumātuatia
Pēnei i a tātou kua mahue nei
E kore hoki rātou e ngoikore
Ahakoa pehea i ngā āhuatanga o te wā
I te hekenga atu o te rā
Tae noa ki te aranga mai i te ata
Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou
Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them
We will remember them.



Covid-19 & March Update

As you are all aware by now, Covid-19 has taken a hold of the world, and here in New Zealand we are starting to feel the effects.

Ministry of Health – Covid-19

As of last week, all Feilding Brass band events are cancelled until further notice, and band rehearsals have also been suspended until further notice.

In a message from our Musical Director, Carissa Davies, “Considering the current situation it is in the best interests of our players, our families and our community that we do what we can to minimize the risk to our health and wellbeing.
You will of course be kept posted on any changes to this situation – the time frame at this point is unclear.”

As hard as this is for our band and many other bands and musical groups, for the time being home practice is a must to keep you in form.

The last playout our band has had this year so far was on 12th March at the opening night of the 2020 French Film Festival NZ at Event Cinemas in Palmersrton North.

Steve Mackley, Dan Griffiths and Nigel Towers provided music as the guests mix and mingled with each other prior to the first movie starting. It was a great atmosphere where Steve sang “Beyond The Sea” in French. Well done guys.

The band has had 6 events cancelled due to Covid-19. Brass in the Park in Levin was due to be held on Sunday 22 March, The New Zealand Military Tattoo was due to be held on Saturday 4 April, 3 ANZAC Day services on 25 April and Feilding Festival of Bands which was due to be held on Sunday 7 June 2020.

With the government announcing indoor and outdoor restrictions on gatherings, the call was made for the sake of public health and safety that these events will not go ahead.

The senior band and training band have also made the call to suspend all rehearsals for the time being.

As ANZAC Day services have been cancelled this year, the public are being encouraged to stand at dawn at 6am at the end of your own driveway for a minutes silence.

A few individual members from the band will be playing The Last Post on their respective instruments at the end of their driveways on ANZAC Day.

Together, we will remember them.


Feilding Brass AGM 2020

Feilding Brass Band is having its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 25th March 2020 at 9.00pm after our rehearsal, at the Feilding Brass Bandroom in Council Place, Feilding.

Are you a friend of the band?

Related to a playing member?

Have you been to any of our concerts?

Are you interested in how a brass band operates, behind the scenes?

Are you a leader? Communicator? Team player?

Would you like to get involved with a community orientated group of brass band people?

Come along to our AGM, find out about us and maybe be part of our future.

For any inquires email feildingbrass@gmail.com