A great afternoon’s entertainment was provided by the band and other artists. Typical of the feedback is this email from a fan: “I really enjoyed the concert yesterday and especially the second half of the concert with the music selection and Tracy’s song honouring Taradale’s soldiers. The pipes were amazing, very exciting to see the young musicians and can they pipe and drum! Congratulations on a varied and inspiring concert.”
We appreciated the support of A Cappella Fellas, the social group from the City of Hastings PB, Napier Boys High School PB and of course our own All Stars.
Sunday 15 October
Salvation Army Citadel, Tait Drive, Greenmeadows
In the concert the band will present a variety of music, old and new, that is familiar to our audience. We will also incorporate a segment appropriate to the act of commemorating the sacrifices made by so many over the years and ensuring that they are not forgotten.
Being a Songwriter and knowing that there has never been a song written for the town of Taradale, Tracy Rudzevecuis has been creative and written the ‘Taradale Song’. It is based around the Taradale Town Clock in memory of our fallen local soldiers that went to war and never returned hence, says Tracy, giving them “a voice” from beyond the grave. This is Tracy’s ‘gift to our people and the township of Taradale’. The Band is pleased to be part of Tracy’s dream and will perform ‘Taradale Song’ in concert for the first time.
The Band has developed a musical arrangement ‘On the Road to Passchendaele’ that will feature in the concert. October 12, 2017 is the anniversary of the Passchendaele offensive in WW1. Ever since 1917, Passchendaele has been a byword for the horror of the Great War. In terms of lives lost in a single day, the failed attack on Bellevue Spur on 12 October was probably the greatest disaster in New Zealand’s history.
Tickets $10 for adults, children a gold coin please, the Band’s Associate members can purchase a discounted ticket $5.
Over many years our end of year event has been a very enjoyable occasion and we’ve had good but declining attendance by supporters. The ‘rules’ are being updated so that the evening becomes a more formal event. Band members will be organised into groups and it will then be up to the group to organise practices and to do their own arrangement of the tunes(s). Remember:
* everyone takes part;
* no solo performances;
* items must include pipes (except for one drums only item) and be musical, but can include other instruments;
* there will be a pre-approved programme;
* there will be no additions to the programme on the night ie no walk ups;
* no tune is to be repeated ie played in more than one item;
* there can be only one drums only (drum salute?) item.
Tunes not on the list such as Amazing Grace, Flower of Scotland and Highland Cathedral are reserved for the band to play. This will make the event a better showcase of our talents and the variety of music we can play, and a more enjoyable end of year event.
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.
Over the past week we have paraded at New World Greenmeadows and CHB Christmas parade, both very good events. The Carols event in Waipawa was cancelled because of the weather but the contest team enjoyed a good practice and were joined by others for afternoon tea at Rod’s. We are grateful to Rod for opening his home up for us and putting on such a great spread.
Last night various group rehearsals and practices happened – the youngsters and others in preparation for next week’s final night and of course a final run through for the contest team. On Saturday night Gray and Penny will plat at the Napier Ingleside. On Monday please bring a plate for supper. No uniforms but you’re welcome to wear your D& S or other band related polo shirt.
Next year we’re planning to do a concert on the Sound Shell on Saturday 27 February at lunch time. It’s the weekend of the mission concert and a good opportunity to showcase the band.
Three parades for St Andrew’s Day – the annual church parade at Tamatea Community church on Sunday, entertaining the residents at the Taradale Masonic Village on Monday followed that evening by the St Andrews night concert at the Taradale RSA where we were the only entertainment which was a bit of a challenge for the team.
Our new name is now official having been approved by the Registrar of Incorporated Societies. Tonight’s practice was really good and it was especially enjoyable being able to play out on the park and to play a variety of music.
On Saturday we will be leading the Napier Christmas Parade and then on Saturday night our concert at the Napier RSA starts at 6pm.
Sunday is the St Andrews Day church parade at Tamatea Community Church followed on Monday with some pipers playing at the Masonic Village, Taradale. The last of the busyness is Monday night at the RSA for the St Andrews Day ceilidh.
This coming weekend (Sat 28 and Sun 29 Nov) is a busy one. Starting on Saturday the contest group is meeting at the band rooms for a practice at 10.30 and then the band is meeting at 12.30 at the Sound Shell. We will be leading the Napier Christmas Parade which will travel down to Clive Square after which at 1.30pm we’ll be playing at Clive Square. Saturday night we are staging a concert at the Napier RSA starting at 6pm so we’ll meet at 5.15 at the RSA. Those wanting to stay on for a meal afterwards need to let Ken know so he can book us in.
Sunday is the St Andrews Day church parade at Tamatea Community Church – meet in the car park over the road at 9.30.
Then on Monday the business continues. We’ve been asked to provide some pipers to play at the Masonic Village, Taradale on Monday 30 Nov (St Andrews Day) at 11am and on Monday night we are at the RSA for the St Andrews Day ceilidh. Meet at 7pm standard band uniform. We’ll mix practice with the items we have to play.