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’