Sunday Bandstand – Review

Reviewed by Kevin Jarrett MBE – one of NZ’s most celebrated Musical Directors and Cornetists:

Having listened to many CDs from this Band, I believe this is the best. The musicality of Nigel Weeks is obvious throughout the disc.

A varied and popular choice of music with many individual highlights and a lovely ensemble sound and balance throughout. The overture to “Italian in Algiers” by Rossini was outstanding. A lovely musical reading and excellent technique was evident.

saturdaybandstandcoverRead MoreOther favourites such as Perpetuum Mobile, Bohemian Rhapsody and The Band Played On were played with vibrance and a high degree of musicality.

John Lewis showed his great versatility, while still featuring his most lovely sound in his two solos – El Cumbanchero and Georgia on my Mind. He is certainly a wonderful player.

A real highlight to me was Kay MacKenzie’s Memory. A lovely musical approach and excellent intonation throughout the range. Kay’s playing throughout the Disc was outstanding. The flugel obligato in Memory was beautifully done. Great to see two marches included – Death or Glory and Simoraine were good choices although I felt percussion were very distant in Simoraine.

The Band was generally well balanced and intonation only suffered a little in the Benedictus.

One of the real features was “Out of Africa”. This beautiful music was given a most musical rendition by Nigel Weeks. The horns and flugel were outstanding and the Band sound was beautifully balanced.

The Finale “Stingray” was really exciting and ended a great listening experience. Nigel Weeks is a most musical man and his influence and musicianship has helped immensely in the production of this excellent disc. A brilliant CD cover tops it off –

A must for your CD collection.

Well done.

Kevin Jarrett


Sunday Bandstand (2013) – $20

Sunday Bandstand is our brand new CD full of crowd favourites, perfect for a lazy afternoon.


  1. Simoraine
  2. L’Italiana In Algeri
  3. El Cumbanchero, feat. John Lewis (Cornet)
  4. Out Of Africa
  5. Perpetuum Mobile
  6. Memory, feat. Kay Mackenzie (Soprano Cornet)
  7. Death Or Glory
  8. We’ve Only Just Begun, feat. Dalewool Horn Section & Solo Baritone
  9. …And The Band Played On
  10. Georgia On My Mind, feat. John Lewis (Cornet)
  11. Bohemian Rhapsody
  12. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans, feat. Solo Cornet Section
  13. Benedictus, feat. Ken Cant (Euphonium)

Listen to CD samples:

      Simoraine - Dalewool Auckland Brass
      Benedictus - Dalewool Auckland Brass


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Sunday Bandstand

cdcoverDalewool Auckland Brass have been busy recording our new CD ‘Sunday Bandstand’. The programme is just how it sounds – light and popular! Perfect for an afternoon in the sun with a glass of wine. There are features from our top soloists John Lewis, Ken Cant and Kay Mackenzie and the disc includes something to please every listener. The band really is in top form, this may be the best recording we have ever done!

To view the tracklist, hear some samples and order your copy please click here.

Listen to Simoraine

      Simoraine - Dalewool Auckland Brass


Dalewool Auckland Brass with Nigel Weeks performing ‘Music Of The Spheres’ by Philip Sparke at the 2013 NZ Brass Band Championships in New Plymouth. This performance was awarded first place with 148 points out of a possible 150.

Dalewool Auckland Brass with Nigel Weeks performing ‘Just As I Am’ by Wilfred Heaton at the 2013 NZ Brass Band Championships in New Plymouth. This performance was awarded third place.

Dalewool Auckland Brass with Nigel Weeks perfoming ‘The Promised Land’ by Kenneth Downie at the 2013 NZ Brass Band Championships in New Plymouth. This performance was awarded second place.

Dalewool Auckland Brass with The Graduate Choir NZ performing ‘Shepherd’s Pipe Carol’ by John Rutter at the famous Christmas Magic concert.

STOP PRESS! Dalewool on Radio NZ Concert


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.