The Band participated in the Riverside Playout organized by the Canterbury Brass Band Association on the riverside opposite the Oxford Terrace hospitality area. The Bands from the Christchurch region all played a selection of traditional Brass Band music to a large and appreciative crowd. Hopefully this will become a permanent fixture in the Brass Band calendar.
On 5th August the Band held its AGM. The following cups were presented.
- J Wear Cup This trophy is awarded to the band member who has clearly shown a willingness to improve their playing techniques and ability over the last 12 months. This was awarded to Joelle Goodall
- Ginna Wall Trophy for Most Valuable Band Person. Selected by all active band members. This was awarded to Dale Maher
- Stubberfield Cup. Selected by the Committee and warded to member of the Band for their all round contribution . This was awarded to the Building Team of Dale Maher, Brent Andrews and Errol Miller
As part of other bands using our rooms and needing storage we have done a stock take of our old instruments and found several that are surplus to requirements. These are old instruments and many have been in the band for well over 50 years and are no longer for purpose.
Mr Pablo Ruiz Henao, who is the bass trombone player in the CSO and conducts the Over Fifties Band, approached us re old and surplus instruments which he repairs and sends back to his home country of Columbia in an effort to encourage children from the country side to attend school, and join a learner band. Music making is an amazing encouragement for Colombian young people. As a result our old and surplus instruments are on there way to Columbia. It is heartwarming that these instruments have given so much pleasure to members of our band over the years and will continue to develop skills and give pleasure to young people in a far off land.
Three years ago we donated old and surplus instruments to ABI (commercial retailer and repair company) in Auckland who did a similar thing by sending these instruments on to bands in the Pacific Islands.
The Over Fifties Band is now using the Band Rooms as their home base. They practice every Wednesday Morning and we have made space available for storage of their surplus equipment. Another Band has also expressed interest in using the Band Rooms as a practice venue and as such we are upgrading storage areas to accommodate their possible requirements.
Since the beginning of the year the Committee has continued with upgrading the kitchen and more latterly the Library and passage area. This has involved stripping the shelving and relining the walls and upgrading the electrical systems and painting etc. New shelving and carpet are to be fitted shortly.
The kitchen area is now complete with new dishwasher and oven and has proven to be very functional.
We are delighted to announce that the Band President Mr. Brent Andrews was Awarded Life Membership by Band Patron Mr. Errol Miller.
As well as being a fine musician and lead euphonium player Brent is a very capable administrator and the president of the Band, a position he has held for a number of years. It is his drive and vision that has overseen the upgrade of the service area of the band rooms and his leadership which has enthused and motivated the committee to make it happen.
Covid 19 for the Band, like the rest of the country, has had an impact on our activities with a number of engagements having to be cancelled including an ANZAC Day Parade and an ANZAC Concert with the St Albans Choir. However Band Members were asked, where possible, play ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ at their Gate at 6am. Many of our members played and contributed to a very memorable ANZAC Day morning. Our Band has always played an active part in ANZAC Day activities and it is heartening to know that tradition was still upheld.
Band Room Upgrades
This year we have completed the upgrading of the toilet block which also included a major repair of earthquake damaged drains. Currently we are in the process of upgrading the kitchen. The Committee is grateful to the Supporters Club who have funded the repair of the drains and given a substantial donation towards the upgrade of the kitchen. The kitchen has been equipped with a new oven, a dishwasher and a good fridge. Wiring has been upgraded and checked for safety and we have begun installing new LED Lighting. Once vinyl floor covering is in place it will be completed.
Over the past few years we have been fortunate to receive $46 000 from The Rata Foundation and $4000 from the Lion Foundation for our Instrument replacement scheme. To date we have purchased several new quality instruments being, an EEb Bass, 2 Cornets, 2 Tenor Horns, a Baritone, and a set of Timpani drums. Recently we purchased a good quality BBb Bass via Trade Me and a new marching Drum plus accessories. We have also supported two members to purchase their own instruments under our buy back scheme.
We have also had generous support from Pub Charity who provided funding for vinyl in the toilet area, a new security system and a new electric range in the kitchen.
The Four Winds Foundation have supported us with funds for a dishwasher in the new kitchen.
We are very grateful to these Charities for their ongoing support.
This year the band has played at two services to honour the memory of fellow band members.
Mr Ted King
Ted was a very fine cornet player and was Solo Cornet for the band for number of years. For some time he also played Solo cornet with the Woolston Brass and later with both Kaiapoi and the Woolston Workingmen’s Club Band. Ted’s family arranged a memorial service at the New Brighton RSA and invited the band, along with bandsmen from other bands, to play a few numbers. Being a Returned Service Man Last Post and Reveille were called.
Sharon (Shazza) Lilley
Sharon passed away unexpectedly after a short illness. She was 29 years old. The Lilley Family have an association with the Band going back many years and Mum, Wendy, and Dad Alan, are active playing members. Wendy said that Sharon was destined to be a member of the band way before she was born, and so it was. She became a talented trombone player and was active in our band and others. Not only was Sharon a talented musician, she achieved the highest standard s in the Girl Guide movement with Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award , became a qualified Chef and studied and gained her private pilot’s license. Sharon’s family donated her Trombone to the Band which has been suitably inscribed.
In early March the Avonside Girls High School Old Girls Association organized a day to celebrate the school closing on the old site prior to a move to the new school at the QE11 venue. The band were happy to participate and provided a suitable programme for the picnic type setting.
The band participated in Canterbury Provincial Championships held in September. Three members took part in solo events and the band competed in the D Grade section. The band chose to play Malvern Suite by Philip Sparke as the test and St Laurence by CA Millar as the hymn. Both of these pieces were challenging for the band but with a lot of work we achieved a good standard. While not being placed we are happy with the standard we achieved.