The Band is pleased that once again our youngsters staged a Recital at the Tamatea Community Church. On Sunday 16 July they played a number of tunes and each person played the test piece Loch Rannoch. Samuel Cater was the winner of this which was judged by our veteran pipers Hugh Harrison and Rod Appleton-Seymour.
When? 11-13 July 2017
WhatTime? 9am to 12noon each day
Where? at the Band Rooms, Nelson Park
What will you get from the workshop?
Instruction on your instrument – pipes or drums – with tutoring from the Band’s senior members. The contest group will have the opportunity to work on their music and practice together. There will also be preparation for the Recital (Sunday 16 July).
This workshop is for everyone, whether just starting or more advanced, with individual and group sessions. Each day will run from 9am to 12noon with warmup, learning new tunes and revising old ones, group and individual sessions, working on chanters and pads, and pipes and drums.
What tunes are we working on?
The basic repertoire includes those learnt at previous workshops. We will be spending time on the 3/4 bracket PM JK Cairns, My Land and Colin’s Cattle.
New Tunes: The group will again learn new tunes the music for which will be loaded on the Band’s website ahead of the workshop.
After three days of working together the All Stars performed in Napier at lunch time today. They played Amazing Grace and then some 2/4 marches before heading off for lunch. Its good to be working with such a bunch of keen and capable young people. Thanks also to the senior members who put in a lot of time and effort to helping our learners and youngsters
On Saturday the band’s contest group participated in the Square Day competition at Palmerston North. While the result (7th) wasn’t what we were aiming for the band is on a learning curve with regard to competition and it was a good first performance for us. Congratulations to Heath who was third in the novice event and well done Morgan and Cameron for taking part in the solos. Thanks to Penny and Gray for playing at the Napier Ingleside on Saturday night.
Last night’s Final Night was another very enjoyable evening with many good items. I hope that you all enjoyed this winding up for the year. We presented certificates to the All Stars (the youngsters & learners) who have come a long way this year and we hope will make a bigger contribution to the band next year. We presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Betty, our very able and dedicated, Secretary/Treasurer for all her hard work in keeping the band’s affairs in order.
The Napier Caledonian Society Cups for Most Improved/Involved youngsters were presented to Morgan and Jonathon while the Band’s cups for playing member contributions were presented to Bruce and Michael.
Well done, Zoe Barnes of Napier City Business Inc, on splendid Christmas parade. We’ve been disappointed that in recent years Napier hasn’t been able to get itself organised to stage one so it was a privilege to be involved in your first renewed event.
It was well organised and we enjoyed it. For us it was our first parade under our new name and we also included a number of our youngsters (the NPB All Stars) for whom it was their first parade. We look forward to being involved in future parades. One suggestion, contacting us as early as possible would be advisable as at this time of year there are many demands on our time and we would like to make the Napier parade a priority for the band.