Sunday 26th September saw many Auckland bands come together to compete at the Auckland Band Association contest in Papakura.
Three youth bands competed this year, two of them led by Dalewool members.
Carolyn Ramsbottom is Musical Director for Kumeu Evolution Brass and Ken Cant leads North Shore Youth Brass.
Kay Mackenzie (soprano) and Marc Nethercot (trombone) help out these bands too, playing along and filling any little gaps.
Both bands got great results, with North Shore emerging as ultimate victors (inlcuding their Prinicipal Cornet winning the solo prize for ‘Buster Strikes Back’) and Kumeu taking the points for audience appeal.
“It’s great that the ABA organise this fun contest for young and inexperienced players and have the foresight to relax the rules to allow these youth bands to compete,” states Carolyn Ramsbottom, “there is a good spirit of co-operation between the youth bands and we work together as much as we can. We still relish the chance to go up against each other on the contest stage though!”.
There are plans to restart the Dalewool Youth Band in the New Year following a hiatus, stay tuned to this site for more details…
Dalewool Auckland Brass was privileged to play to a full Centrestage Theatre on a windy Sunday afternoon, 18th September 2011.
This was Resident Conductor David Chaulk‘s first complete concert at the helm and the band were keen to create some momentum following the Band of the Year victory in July.
This concert is close to the heart of the band, one of our principal supporters, Peter McDermott is Patron of the resident theatre company that runs Centrestage and Dalewool try extra hard to impress!
From the start of the first piece ‘The Cossack’ (Rimmer) the band clearly meant business. Strength and enthusiam around the band shone out in to the audience and the band was received with raptuous applause when the march concluded.
This was the final concert for a good friend of Dalewool, Adrian Raven (Eb Bass) who is moving back to the UK later in the month. It was also the debut of our new Eb Bass player, Fraser ‘Fritz’ Robertson who stood tall with an outstanding solo in the major work ‘Dances and Arias’ (Gregson).
Thanks go to Greg Moverley for stepping in at the last minute when one of our regular cornets was suddenly taken ill.
The four featured soloists each played excellently, New Zealand Champion of Champions John Lewis raised the roof with his outstanding ‘Georgia On My Mind’ (Carmichael). John really is at the very top of his game.
The band were dragged back to the stage for two encores… both the audience and Dalewool will be looking forward to next year!