The band was honoured to play at the 90th birthday get together for Mr Keith Stamler and his family. Keith is a life member of the band having served as president of the Supporters Club for many years. During that time he organized many fundraising ventures and was an integral part in raising funds to build the Band rooms. Keith’s family are a Band family with his children all being actively involved at some point in time.
In September we were invited to join the St Albans Choir for another concert at St Paul’s Church. This time as the title suggests, the choir sang brackets from the British Isles. They also had a group playing Irish pipes, harp, violin to perform authentic Celtic music. The band took this opportunity to present its programme for the upcoming Provincial Brass Band Championships giving us a good dress rehearsal. These concerts are great to be involved with. The evenings are very well supported and combining with the choir provides fun and varied content.
The Band again combined with the St Albans Choir to present a concert and sing along of nostalgic ANZAC tunes at St Paul’s Church in Papanui. The Choir and the band both did a couple of brackets and then combined for a sing along with the audience. A highlight for the band was the playing of Evening Hymn and Last Post.
On ANZAC Day the Band again led the New Brighton Parade along the Esplanade to the War Memorial and provided music including The Last Post and Reveille throughout the Service. Participation in this Parade is a key part of the Band’s community activity and we have been involved with this service since its inception.
As a fundraising venture the Band arranged to Busk outside the Halswell New World playing a light and entertaining programme. The format was similar to pre-Christmas caroling and we were delighted with the response from the customers who were both generous and delighted with the music. After such a successful venture the Band will put this activity firmly on its agenda for next year.
Our 2019 year got off to great start with the Council sponsored Kite Day at New Brighton Beach. Under the colourful canopy of fantastic kites the band presented a lively programme to a large and appreciative audience. Small children danced and adults tapped their feet to the beat while the band played on. During the half time break people mingled with the band and shared experiences of past play outs. It was a really great start to our musical year.
Our Christmas programme started on 24th November with a combined rehearsal with the St Albans Choir prior to a Christmas Concert at St Pauls Church in Papanui. The Band had 24 playouts leading up to Christmas with several being standing community commitments and many being carolling bands outside supermarkets. Some engagement required a full band while a roster had been organised to put smaller bands to cover other events. The Band had a very successful Carolling season raising over $5000
Christmas Concert at St Pauls Church
For this concert we combine with the St Albans Choir, along with the Church organist, and presented a programme of traditional Christmas music. Each group provides a couple of brackets as well as some combined items. It culminated with a rousing sing along with the audience of popular Christmas carols followed by a shared supper of finger foods.
This concert, along with an ANZAC concert with the St Albans Choir are becoming regular features of the Band programme and are very well supported by the local community
Funds raised from this concert were shared between the band and the Christchurch City Mission.
Band Christmas Function
Not everything the Band does involves music! The Band Supporters Club organised a Social gathering at the Harewood Tavern which was well attended by Band members and their partners. We had a really enjoyable meal and a good chin wag
Christchurch City Christmas Parade
The Band did not take part in the actual parade but chose to participate in the new City Council initiative of having bands play in the city centre prior to the parade. Accordingly we played in the City Mall for a couple of hours leading up to the parade. This provided a great vibe with lots of family groups and tourists stopping to listen. Nadine singing a couple of solos went down very well
Bunnings Shirley Christmas Night
This year we have formed a relationship with Bunnings Shirley where we participate in some of their in house functions while they, in turn support us by providing us with a date and ingredients for a Sausage Sizzle. A Christmas Party is held for the families of their regular clients and includes face painting, bouncy Castle, burghers, candy floss and lots more family friendly activities. The Band plays a light Christmas theme programme and enter into the fun of the evening.
Christmas Night Market
Friday night in the Square with delicious aromas from ethnic food stalls. A steady stream of people checking out the craft stalls and a band playing a light Christmas music! Sounds good! We enjoyed it
New Brighton Christmas Parade
Santa at the Beach! And all the Community out to welcome Him! It seems every group in the New Brighton Community has a float or is otherwise involved in the parade and the streets are lined with lots of eager young faces. We get to lead the parade after the Fire Engine! This Parade, along with ANZAC Day are the only regular occasions for us to be a marching band. Fortunately those skills are deeply embedded in our banding tradition.
All Saints Burwood Nine Readings and Carols
For many decades the bandhas supported St Faiths Church in New Brighton with this service but the earthquake toll has moved the service to the main Parish Church in Burwood. The Band provided the accompaniment for the carols and our bass player, Nadine, is a very fine soprano and her rendition of ‘Oh Holy Night’ and ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ was a highlight
Packe Street Party
Packe Street is a community garden run by the St Albans Community. We combined once again with the St Albans Choir to provide the musical segment of the entertainment with a couple of brackets of Christmas music and a Carol sing along. Played under the trees in the lovely garden with lots of shared food and happy children it was capped off with the appearance of Santa with a large bag of lollies.
Weka Pass Railways
Well this is a new event for the Band this year. The Band was asked to play for the newly revamped Christmas Trains which have been run over the last 2-3 years by the Weka Pass Railway. The Band was located up at Waikari and put to work playing for the arrival of the Steam-hauled ‘Christmas Special’ train with carols and Xmas music alike – some accompanied by our friends from the St Albans Community Choir, who sang on the train on the way up to Waikari. It was a great day with 2 sold out trains of about 400 people, and something new and different for the Band to experience this Christmas season.
The Band was fortunate enough to have a fund raising event at Bunnings Shirley Branch at the end of February. As part of the day the band provided an entertainment section where we played light popular music befitting the occasion. The music went down a treat with several couples dancing to the music while others either made donations or bought the delicious sausages. The Band raised close on $1000 for the day.
Once again the band participated in the Waitangi Day ‘I Love New Brighton Day’ celebration at Thomson Park. This event is organized and run by the local Community Council and highlights the strength and closeness of the New Brighton Community. A wide range of Community Groups presented either static displays or entertainment and this, along with numerous ethnic food stalls and children’s activities made for a fun day. The band presented a programme of bright bouncy popular music which added to the festival atmosphere of the day.
The band was asked to play a few numbers at a 100th birthday party at the New Brighton Club. The Birthday Boy had been a very keen Bandsman as a younger man and retained a keen interest in band music and the family had asked if the Band would share a few moments of this very special day welcoming the Birthday Boy to the Club venue with some suitable items. As the Birthday Boy stepped out of the lift onto the upper Club deck, the band welcomed him with a couple of rousing marches and a few traditional numbers. This was rounded off with of course, ‘Happy Birthday’