Once again the band was out and about on New Year’s Eve in what has become something of a tradition for our members. The first parade at Kennedy Park is always popular with children following the band as march around the holiday park. Our visits to the clubs are always an opportunity to pass the buckets around as this is one of our important fund raising activities for the year. Its interesting to see the numbers in the clubs changing over the years and our collectors have commented that fewer people are carrying cash these days.
The finale on the parade with the crowd that gathers enjoying our music is something we look forward to. Marching away with a big crowd behind us is always a great way to end the evening.
Happy new year to everyone and welcome to this first update for 2017
Looking back at the final parades for last year many thanks to Ken for leading the band on New Year’s Eve (there are some photos on the band’s website). Last Thursday a small group played at East Pier for the Early Ford V8 Club who were meeting in Napier making this our first parade for the year.
The Getting Going workshop is on 23-26 January – see the post on the website for details.
Our first band practice will be on Monday 30 January at the band rooms.
Hastings Highland Games: The schedule of piping events and entry form has been emailed to everyone.
Photos from recent parades (Final Night at EIT, Tremains street parade in Taradale and the Hastings Ingleside) have been posted in the band’s website and also on facebook. We just managed to beat the rain on Wednesday night – thanks for the big turnout at both events
The final activity for 2015 is New Year’s Eve: by now you should have let Harry know if you are coming (this includes pipers and drummers). We will meet at 6.15pm at HBRC, Dalton St, to tune up before we depart for our usual celebrations. If you want to blow the Christmas pudding out of your pipes or get the chocolate off the drum sticks prior to this, come down to the band rooms on Monday 28th at 10.30 to make some music.