Ken Cant Can

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Ken Cant, band manager and our solo Euphonium player, has started up his own business as a home handy man doing electrics, plumbing, tiling, waterproofing (certified) decking and fencing.

Basically… you name it, he does it.

There are special rates for friends of the band! So get hold of him now on 021 76 86 86, tell him you love the band and get that work done. Free quotes are part of the service.

STOP PRESS! Dalewool on Radio NZ Concert

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Tune your radio (or computer or digital receiver) to Radio NZ Concert on Tuesday 25th October 2011 at 7:30pm to hear Dalewool Auckland Brass with the Auckland Philharmonia performing ‘Europa’ by Kiwi composer John Rimmer.

The piece will be introduced by another well-known New Zealand composer, Kenneth Young.Read More

John Rimmer explains “In composing this concerto I recognise two contrasting musical cultures within the European artistic tradition. The Brass Band represents what I call a ‘closed’ musical system portrayed by its standardised instrumentation heard to great effect in its stirring marches, sonorous hymn playing, contest pieces and arrangements of popular and show music, while the orchestra with its dazzling array of many instrumental colours, its flexible instrumentation and its potential for pushing musical boundaries, represents an ‘open’ musical system. I wanted also to exploit the virtuosic capacity of the brass band as a concerto soloist and to celebrate through this work the unity and solidarity amongst brass musicians.”.

This work, commissioned by the orchestra in 2002, is a rare example of a brass band and an orchestra sharing the stage in contemporary music. In early 2012 the piece will be available to stream from the SOUNZ website as part of the Resound project.

Happy Birthday Murray Carey

On Saturday 8th October, Murray Carey QSM (left), Band President and horn player celebrated his 65th birthday!

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Members of Dalewool Auckland Brass and other well-wishers joined Murray and his wife Jennifer at their house in Whitianga for some rugby and a couple of lemonades…

Entertainment was provided by Alex Ward, a good friend of the band, with some other music students from Massey University who put together a fanastic jazz quartet.

Happy birthday to our President and most ‘senior’ member!

Auckland Town Hall Centenary Concert

Where: Auckland Town Hall, Auckland 
When: Wednesday 14th December 2011, 7:30pm 
Cost: FREE!

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Be a part of Auckland’s history when Auckland Town Hall celebrates its centenary in December. A free concert will reflect the famous performers who have played at the historic venue over the past 100 years – from The Beatles to the famous conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Featuring the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Choral, Dalewool Auckland Brass and the Rodger Fox Big Band among others, the event will be hosted by broadcaster Kerry Stevens.

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Tickets are limited and will be available from 1 November from THE EDGE Box Office or by calling 0800 BUY TICKETS. Maximum six tickets per person.

Dalewool Auckland Brass are extremely honoured to be part of such a special occassion, the best brass band, the best orchestra, the best choir, the best big band, this will be a great night! We hope to see lots of our supporters there.

Update: Tickets sold out in under an hour! A few single tickets and returns will become available, so give The Edge a call.

Christmas Concert 2011 – Christmas Magic

Dalewool Auckland Brass and The Graduate Choir New Zealand are both recognised nationally as being the very best in their genre and are well respected internationally. The annual Christmas concert in Parnell Cathedral hardly needs an introduction; there are few sounds more moving at this time of year than brass and voice, and this occasion brings the elite of both together in a stunning venue.

glass_baublesBe sure to bring your own voice too and join in as we perform your favourite Christmas carols and songs.

To get yourself in the mood, have a listen to our radio advert below. There are more samples from our Christmas Magic CD here.

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Where: Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Parnell, Auckland
When: Saturday 3rd December 2011, 7:30pm
Cost: Adults $25, Concessions $20

The poster for this concert is available for download.

A Story From The Past

Some years ago, back in the days when the Band was known as the Continental Band, we received a call for all members to make themselves available for a working bee at a house in Ladies Mile, Ellerslie. The house was not known to any of us, so turning up that morning there was quite a bit of anticipation as to what was happening and why we were there. We followed our instructions and did a good mornings work, tidying up all the grounds which did look a little neglected on our arrival, and much improved by the time we left. We were then given the reason for the days activities.

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In those days, the Band performed regularly at the Ellerslie race meetings. The sound of the Band would drift up into the surrounding suburbs, much to the delight of an elderly couple who would look forward to enjoying their Morning Tea, Lunch, and Afternoon Tea, to the sound of the band. At some point during one of these performances they made a decision to treat the Band in a very special way.

Instructions were given, that upon their passing, their estate would be put into a Trust Fund for the benefit of the Salvation Army, The SPCA, and the Continental Band, with each receiving interest from the fund, every third year. The saddest part of the story is that we never got to meet them, for we certainly have so much to thank them for. The band has been able to build, and freehold it’s present band room and undertake several overseas contest campaigns in the twenty six years since we gathered in that Ladies Mile garden. It was the wish of the couple to remain anonymous.

Falling interest rates have reduced the effect of their generosity over the last few years, but it is still cherished as a major part of the bands reliable income.

Their story is told in appreciation for the opportunities that their thoughtfulness has made possible and continues to make possible as the band looks to the future.

By Tom Needham, Bb Bass and our longest serving player.