Thanks to Penny and Bill and others for the photos
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.
Here are details of the Getting Going Workshop planned for the week 23-26 January. Note that we will cater for everyone of all abilities so don’t hesitate to be involved. Indications of who is attending are necessary so we can plan the programme of individual tuition. What will you get from the workshop?
1. A chance to get instruments going after the holiday break.
2. Tutoring from one of NZ’s top pipers.
3. Opportunities for more intensive teaching and practice.
4. The All Stars group will have an opportunity to practice together. They will also parade on the last day.
When and Where?
9am to 12noon Monday and Tuesday
9am to 4pm Wednesday
9am to 1pm Thursday
At the Band Rooms, Nelson Park
Tutors: In addition to our own senior members, we are fortunate to have the services of two excellent tutors for this workshop. Cameron Budge will be assisting the drummers over the first three days while Dave Welsh, Pipe Major of the Wellington Red Hackle Pipe Band, will be here on the Wednesday to work with individuals and the group.
Programme: Once again we will be aiming to provide all our learners whether just starting or more advanced with individual and group sessions. On Thursday 26th the group will play at Atawhai at 11am and then go to lunch (own cost). See next page for the workshop programme.
Uniforms: Are to be worn on Thursday as there will a session about the correct wearing of uniforms and it’s the day we perform in Taradale at Atawhai.
So that we can plan the programme to give everyone individual attention please contact the Pipe Major advising the names of those attending. The fee is $5 per day.
Over the past few days we’ve been working on technique, new tunes and preparing for the recital.
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.
The Band’s All Stars were involved in a holiday workshop in July and then all members performed at a Recital held on Sunday 24th at the Tamatea Community Church.
The workshops gave them a chance to work together as a group and to get some one-on-one tuition from our experienced tutors.
The Recital featured all of them playing a number of items