Orewa 2012 – Retrospective

Our annual concert at Centrestage Theatre in Orewa is a highlight for band and audience alike. Consistently sold-out and programmed with our patron Peter McDermott in mind the band is always keen to shine.

This year we welcomed back Nigel Weeks to lead the band and led the crowd through a mixed selection of music with something to impress everyone.

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NZ Cornet Champion John Lewis blistered through Napoli, finishing to a cheering crowd. Unfortunately the prize (a new car) for guessing the number of notes he played went unclaimed… maybe next time.

Ken Cant and Ian O’Malley treated us to ‘Deep Inside the Sacred Temple’ a beautiful duet from a Bizet opera.

Following the compulsory encore for Peter (Death or Glory!) the band left the stage for a well earned drink. A bus full of 40 people has already booked in to come to the band’s Christmas concert. See you next year Orewa!

Welcome back, Nigel

Dalewool Auckland Brass is delighted to announce the appointment of a new fulltime Professional Musical Director and the return of an old friend… Nigel Weeks.

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Those of you who have followed the band for a long time will be familiar with Nigel and his success with the band.

Still Winning

While Dalewool did not attend the nation championships in Timaru this year, we still brought home some excellent results.

Principal cornet John Lewis once again took the Championship Cornet crown and Kay Mackenzie blitzed the Open Soprano Cornet against a very strong field to prove what we already know (ie that she is the very best!).Read More

John was pipped to second place in the Champion of Champions by the legendary Phil Johnston from our southern rivals, Woolston Brass.

Gareth Lawless (tuba) came out of solo retirement to get an excellent third place in his section and ex-member/good friend of the band Lisa Rogers took the honours in the flugelhorn competition.

Several of our players made the trip down to assist other bands including North Shore Brass, Hamilton, Marlborough, Wanganui and Invercargill.

Next year the contest will be in New Plymouth, Dalewool will be there!

A Match Made In Boxted

At 3pm on a sunny Saturday, the 11th of August 2012, in a delightful English village called Boxted, on the Essex Suffolk boarder, my beautiful wife-to-be entered the church. Less than an hour later Julie and I were married!

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In tribute of our adopted homeland of New Zealand the reception was at the local vineyard, the dress was handmade in Auckland and all the groomsmen proudly wore Silver Fern cufflinks.

And of course, no summer wedding would be complete without the local brass band, Boxted Methodist Silver Band. I met Julie back in 2008 on a brass band tour of Ireland, so brass bands have played their part in our lives, Julie is a lapsed tenor horn player.

We’re looking forward to a fantastic married life together!

By our fantastic baritone player, Michael Dean.

Innes Jephson

innesjephsonMy banding started out with the Paraparaumu and Districts Pipe Band (now Kapiti Coast Pipes and Drums) at the age of 11 however being involved in bands was almost a certainty.

My Grandmother was a bass and tenor drummer in the Wellington Ladies Pipe Band and my Great Aunt was a piper back in the 1940’s. My father (a piper) and mother (a bass/tenor drummer) were also members of the band.

The desire to become a Drum Major started early when at the age of approximately four years old, I told the then Drum Major, Sonny McGrath that I wanted his job.

I have played Snare, Bass and Tenor drums in competitions. An opportunity at a local school gala parade to jump out the front presented itself and I leaped at the chance. Gradually my involvement as a playing member lessened.