This Is Christmas

Since they joined us for the 2015 Christmas concert the Auckland Youth choir have established themselves a serious contributor to the Auckland Music scene. Following a large number of the choir travelling to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall in February they returned to undertake an extremely successful set of concerts starting with May’s “M” – the music of Mews, Marshall, Mealor, Mendelssohn and Matthews. Then again at St Mathews in the City they delivered a series of pieces from Durufle, Lauridsen and Faure’s Requiems.

We are delighted to share the 2016 Dalewool Christmas Concert with this fine young choir and know that you will enjoy a fantastically rich and diverse selection for brass and choir at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Steve Miles directs his first Christmas Concert with the band and will no doubt continue the legacy of fine music for the festive season. Dalewool Auckland Youth band is performing from 6.15pm.

Please note the earlier start time of 7.00pm

Buy/reserve tickets for our most popular concert of the year now!

Email: [email protected] or www.nzbrass.com or www.iticket.co.nz or ph 09 361 1000

Where: Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Parnell
When: Saturday 3 December 2016, 7.00pm
Cost: Adults $25, Seniors $20, Children $10

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Upcoming Events

  • Notice of Annual General Meeting for:Dalewool Auckland Brass
    City of Sails Auckland Brass Inc

    Thursday 14th September  2017 at 7.30pm

    Location: Dalewool Bandroom
    98 Captain Springs Rd
    Onehunga

    The band is in need of non-playing supporters to assist with management and decision making for the band. Meetings are every couple of months. Want to work with some fun people in a creative setting and help a great kiwi institution?

     

    Actively looking for a Chairman to help take the band forward and to help with Marketing and Publicity for the band and any potential sponsors

    Please contact us for further information if you can help.

  • Dalewool Brass presents Music of Film and Theatre

    This concert will feature familiar music from many film and theatre production favourites. There could be a surprise or two so come along, you will not be disappointed.

    Raye Freedman Arts Theatre
    Epsom Girls Grammar
    Sunday October 8th at 2.00pm.

    Tickets can be booked through www.iTICKET.co.nz or at the door
    Adults $35
    Seniors $25
    Students/Children $10

  • Dalewool Brass presents This is Christmas

    To round off the year the Band will play its annual Christmas concert featuring the Auckland Youth Choir.

    Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell
    Saturday 9th December at 7.00pm.

    Tickets can be booked through [email protected] or www.iTICKET.co.nz
    Adults $35
    Seniors $25
    Students/Children $10

Notice Of Annual General Meeting 2017

Notice of Annual General Meeting for:

Dalewool Auckland Brass
City of Sails Auckland Brass Inc

Thursday 14th September  2017 at 7.30pm

Location: Dalewool Bandroom
98 Captain Springs Rd
Onehunga

The band is in need of non-playing supporters to assist with management and decision making for the band. Meetings are every couple of months. Want to work with some fun people in a creative setting and help a great kiwi institution?

 

Actively looking for a Chairman to help take the band forward and to help with Marketing and Publicity for the band and any potential sponsors

Please contact us for further information if you can help.

More Solo Class

Way back at the end of May our players descended on Tangaroa College in Otara for the annual Auckland Band Association Solo and Small Ensemble Competition. Did we win anything? What do you think!?

tromquartetWe took the trifecta in the any-age Slow Melody section with Peter Adams taking first place on tenor horn, Dave Wright coming second on trombone and Patricia Robertson-Bickers picking up the bronze on flugel horn.

In the not-slow section Mike Ashton came second on trombone and Peter Adams added to a great day with third place.

Ian O’Malley and Hamish Jellyman joined forces to win the open duet section and our trombone section (Mike Ashton, Dave Wright, Marc Nethercot and Phil Spriggs) beat stiff local competition to win the trombone quartet.

The day didn’t end there as the talented kids of Dalewool Youth Band also raided the trophy cabinet. With 24 entrants in total (the youngest player only six years old!) and first places in almost all of the junior categories our incredible kids (and their fantastic leader Jill Christoff) are now well established as the best youth band in Auckland.

Celtic Class

June saw the revival of our Celtic themed concerts at the new venue (and much enjoyed!) Dorothy Winstone Theatre at Auckland Girls Grammar School.

We were joined by a number of young dancers from The Doyle Academy of Irish Dance who wowed the audience with fancy footwork and accompanied the band through the thrilling Finale from Riverdance.

Highlights were plenty and included major work The Hymn of the Highlands and Principal Trombone Mike Ashton’s performance of The Blue Bells Scotland. I’m sure many people did not know a trombone could play so many notes! Ken Cant performed a wonderful duet with the harp on his euphonium.

The crowd was extremely enthusiastic and our dancers found the energy to reprise Riverdance once more as an encore. Look forward to this concert back again in 2015!

Baby Bonus

On 19th August a new member of the band arrived in the form of a beautiful baby! Marc Nethercot (trombone) and his partner Trudy welcomed their little girl Holly in Tauranga hospital.

Sadly this means a move for Marc as he relocates to the Bay of Plenty to be closer to family. Marc says “I’ve played in many bands down the years but very few that feel like they’re part of your own family. Dalewool is certainly in that category! It will be hard not seeing such great friends every week or playing for an excellent band like this one. Hopefully they will need somebody extra to hit a triangle from time to time and I can drive up and catch up with everybody!”.

Marc has been in the band for several years and has written many articles for Playing Up, renovated our previous website and been involved with artwork and publicity.

Free Pre-Contest Concert

Where: Hawkins Theatre, Ray Small Drive, Papakura
When: Monday 7th July, 8:00pm – approx 9:30pm
Cost: Free

Refreshments after: Dalewool Bandroom – 98 Captain Springs Road, Onehunga

On Monday 7th July Dalewool Auckland Brass is proud to present a free showcase of our music for the National Brass Band Championships, this year held in Invercargill later that week.

Like previous years, this is your chance to hear the band at its very best. MD Nigel Weeks has worked the players extremely hard to get one better than last year’s 2nd place.

You will have the opportunity to listen to our two major works, the sacred item and a few other bits and pieces. Nigel Weeks will talk about each piece in detail and show you how the tricky parts are rehearsed.

This is an informal event with free entry. There is lots of free parking at the venue. While no refreshments are available at the venue all of our supporters are invited back to the bandroom afterwards to mingle with the band and join us for a glass of wine/beer/juice.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tom Needham in the News

If you are a regular supporter of our band you will recognise our B-flat bass player Tom who is the band’s longest serving member. If you live in Auckland City you will probably also have seen him on the front cover of the Central Leader a few weeks ago!

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Tom was interviewed about his almost fifty years with Dalewool, and of course, almost as many Anzac Day parades and services. While you are use to seeing him behind the tuba you may not know that he also works very hard behind the scenes of our band, towing the equipment trailer, taking care of gardening and maintenance at our bandroom, assisting in the library, a regular member of the management committee down the years and many other things large and small besides.

Fifty years… you get less for murder! Well done Tom, we look forward to marking his dedication in an appropriate way later in the year.