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.
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. Ideally she wants it to be played at an ANZAC Day parade (and eventually pulling in and giving local talented high school students a chance to play a different version every year at an ANZAC service). The next challenge is to do a recording and get the right artists involved.
This is Tracy’s ‘gift to our people and the township of Taradale’.
Once again the band was out and about on Anzac Day. Pipers and drummers participated in the dawn services in Napier and Taradale and then the band lead the parade through Taradale to the clock tower where two pipers played the lament. Hugh, Richard and Geoff then went into Napier to be part of the morning service there while the rest of the band went down to Waipawa where we lead the service men and women to the clock tower on the main road. Then it was back to Taradale to play for the people enjoying the fellowship at the RSA.
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.