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!

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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

  • Dalewool Brass presents the Peter McDermott Tribute Concert

    A salute to the Bands long time sponsor who sadly passed away in 2015, Peter was a major sponsor of the Band for many years and this concert is in honour of his support.

    Centrestage Theatre in Orewa
    Sunday August 6th at 2.00pm.
    Adults $35
    Seniors $25
    Students/Children $10

Tickets from or from Centrestage Theatre Tel 09 426 7282

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!


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.

Our Anzac Weekend

2014anzacA few years ago we started our Anzac themed concerts and they are going from strength to strength with the audience at both venues (Onehunga and Orewa) steadily growing. Combining this with the Anzac Day parade and service and we have a very busy weekend!

This year we assembled at the parade start looking up at dull grey skies, hoping the rain would hold off. Drying a brass instrument is a big job! Led by Mike Chesnutt (NZ Army Band) we guided Onehunga’s veterans and community groups to the RSA, the skies opening just as we stepped inside.

The service itself was extremely well attended and Ross Gerritsen took the band and audience through the hymns while Nigel Weeks enjoyed a well-deserved holiday overseas. The scariest moment for brass players on Anzac Day is always the last post. It’s not easy to play something so simple, all on your own with so many eyes on you! Rhys McDonnell didn’t let anybody down though with a perfect rendition.

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On the Saturday and Sunday we performed our concerts with guest Musical Director David Chaulk. David is an excellent brass conductor with a slightly different approach to Nigel, the experience is interesting for the band and audience alike. The music chosen was mostly from the world war eras, Glen Miller, other popular music and marches. ‘Mars, The Bringer Of War’ from ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst was a major, more serious offering that gave the audience something to think about and pushed the players to extremes of technique and volume.

These concerts are written in blood in our calendar now, we look forwards to seeing you there in 2015!