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.