On Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March the Band played for the graduation ceremonies and parades of Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT). Officials were piped into the three ceremonies at Napier’s Municipal Theatre and the Band led everyone in the parades up Emerson St to the Sound Shell. Click here to view video.
We’ve finished the month with a flurry of parades.
Click here to see video of the Napier Christmas Parade
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The Band will be playing on Sunday 20 November for Napier’s Downtown Festival. Mayor Bill Dalton is cutting the ribbon for the opening at 11am and the Band will then play, starting from the corner of Tennyson St and marching up to the Browning St end, to entertain the public.
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
In October we’re holding our second workshop and look forward to providing some individual and group tuition for our members. On Thursday 6 Oct we’ll be playing in central Napier during lunchtime to give everyone a chance to put their skills to good use and to entertain the public, while the recital on Sunday 9th will be another chance for the pipers and drummers to perform.
On Saturday 23 April 2016 the band played for the NZVY Charter Parade at Napier’s Sound Shell. A big crowd was in town to see the crew of HMNZS Te Kaha receive the charter.
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.
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.