What is to be said about Art Deco weekend? The band did a superb job and you should all feel pleased with what you achieved. Thanks to Kurt, Ken, Robert, Richard, Hugh, Penny1 and Cameron for playing at various events. Our participation in the vintage car parade continues to be a highlight for the very big crowds that watch it. I hope you have all received positive feedback from people who enjoyed our music. Thanks also to the team that turned out Sunday morning for the Vintage Car Club’s event at Meeanee. From St Paul’s “A very big THANK YOU to the band from our stall on Saturday. It certainly is a highlight when the band arrives with lovely music. The weather and heat was lovely for all but the band in their uniforms but the crowd certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves. I heard lovely comments about the band concert in the afternoon.”
On Saturday 27th we met at the Sound Shell in the vicinity of the colonnade to tune up for our free concert. The Band then played at 12noon featuring a programme of tunes reflective of our heritage plus some new compositions. Many family and friends were there along with our supporters and others. Well done everyone it was a good venue (although it was a bit hot). The Sound Shell has good acoustics so perhaps we can play there again.
Coming up we’ve got the Taradale RSA Concert – Monday 7 March – band to meet at 6.30 as usual to prepare
Some preliminary information about the Navy Charter Parade Saturday 19 March. The venue is Sound Shell, by Veronica Bell. We’ll meet at 1015 to tune. The official ceremony is at 1100 and is followed by the march down Emerson St to Clive Sq with officers and ships company
Sound Shell Concert: Its Mission Concert so we might get a few extra people watching us.
Monday 1 February already. We had an enjoyable evening with the youngsters practicing together at 6.30 and then the rest of the band from 7pm. Being able to play out on the park on nice evenings is special.
Well done Robert and Angus who played at Turakina – Robert gained 2nd in the veterans event
We thanked all those who worked on tidying up the band rooms over the break – its looking good so we need to take care of this wonderful asset
We ran through some of the tunes for the Art Deco concert – the tunes will be the focus of practice for the next two weeks. Harry has given everyone some flyers to hand out to family and friends and will have more available next week.
It was good to get started again last night even if it was a bit hot. Thanks Betty for organising supper. We’ve been invited to Dave Nicholson’s on Saturday afternoon. Two important dates for you to note on your calendar – Art Deco weekend (Sat and Sunday events this year) and our concert at the Sound Shell on Saturday 27 February – the opportunity to use the Sound Shell arose and so we will be playing at 12noon to entertain the public. We’re hoping for a big audience as that’s the day of the Mission Concert. Betty recently distributed the first Band Blurb of the year – Don W does a great job producing this but I know he’s always looking for articles to include so please share interesting items with him.
Just confirming that due to EIT’s operational requirements we will be at the Band Rooms at Nelson Park for the next two weeks (Mon 1st and 8th Feb).
Two important dates for you to note on your calendar – Art Deco weekend (Sat and Sunday events this year) and our concert at the Sound Shell on Saturday 27 February – the opportunity to use the Sound Shell arose and so we will be playing at 12noon to entertain the public. We’re hoping for a big audience as that’s the day of the Mission Concert.
Don’t forget that you can get a list of upcoming parades and events on the calendar link on this website, meanwhile our first practice is on Monday 25 January at EIT.
A reminder that for the next two weeks we will be at the band rooms, Nelson Park, for our Monday night practices. Please also note the events on Saturday 28th – it will be a busy day so please make sure you know where and when we are meeting. This weekend the band rooms will be busy with the youngsters/learners meeting again, this time at 11am, and then after lunch the contest group is meeting at 1pm.
Penny and I met with Jonathan Smith, Events Manager at the Art Deco Trust, recently to discuss what their expectations were of us and what we could offer. They are keen for us to contribute to the usual events, Vintage Car parade, Black Tie Ball Hastings, the two Depression Dinners and a new event the Silver Slipper Ball (War Memorial). The car parade is the only full band event in this list, the others are for a few pipers. They expressed disappointment that we had cancelled the Celtic Connection Concert but understood why and have offered us the opportunity to stage a one hour concert. After checking last night we decided that would do the concert, the time and location to be negotiated with the Trust. So please mark the Art Deco weekend 2016 on your calendars.