On 15-17th March 2013 young brass players from across Auckland came together at YMCA Camp Adair near Hunua for a weekend of fun and music making.
Organised by Dalewool’s own Kay Mackenzie on behalf of the Auckland Brass Band Association this was the first time the event has been held since 2009.
Legendary trombone virtuoso David Bremner (himself an ex-Dalewool player!) was able to clear space in his busy schedule to fly up from Wellington and lend his skills as musical director.
Also assisting was Dalewool trombonist Marc Nethercot:
‘It’s always a pleasure working with good kids and we had a great group. Some were very talented, others had only started playing a few weeks before. Considering how long it has been since the last band camp we had really good numbers. Kay did an amazing job organising every detail, nothing was overlooked. I’m sure there will be even more young players next year!’
Also helping with the music making was Jennifer Raven (Dalewool percussion) and Peter Whyte (Waitakere Brass cornet), thanks also must go to everyone else helping, especially in the kitchen!
An open evening for anyone interested in being part of the new Youth Band will take place at 7pm on Monday 13th February at the Dalewool Bandroom.
No musical experience or instrument necessary, although if you have these that’s fine too!
Meet the conductor Kay Mackenzie (Auckland’s most in demand brass teacher and one of the world’s best soprano cornet players) and some other players from the New Zealand Band of the Year.
Rehearsals for the band will commence shortly after on Mondays from 6:30 until 7:30.
Click here for more details. We all hope to see you there!
Sunday 26th September saw many Auckland bands come together to compete at the Auckland Band Association contest in Papakura.
Three youth bands competed this year, two of them led by Dalewool members.
Carolyn Ramsbottom is Musical Director for Kumeu Evolution Brass and Ken Cant leads North Shore Youth Brass.
Kay Mackenzie (soprano) and Marc Nethercot (trombone) help out these bands too, playing along and filling any little gaps.
Both bands got great results, with North Shore emerging as ultimate victors (inlcuding their Prinicipal Cornet winning the solo prize for ‘Buster Strikes Back’) and Kumeu taking the points for audience appeal.
“It’s great that the ABA organise this fun contest for young and inexperienced players and have the foresight to relax the rules to allow these youth bands to compete,” states Carolyn Ramsbottom, “there is a good spirit of co-operation between the youth bands and we work together as much as we can. We still relish the chance to go up against each other on the contest stage though!”.
There are plans to restart the Dalewool Youth Band in the New Year following a hiatus, stay tuned to this site for more details…