The Waikato and Bay of Plenty Brass Band Association are planning to hold their annual regional competitions over the weekend of the 11th and 12th of September in Tauranga. The first day is planned to be for solo and ensemble competitions and the second full bands competitions. Cambridge Brass plan to compete on both days.
|Location:||Tauranga. The venue has yet to be confirmed.|
|Date:||11th and 12th of September 2021|
The bands playing in front of the cricket pavilion in Victoria Park.
The new year started for the band in February with Cambridge Brass joining with the Cambridge Jazz Band for our Kiwi Proms Concert. We swapped the Albert Hall for Victoria Park, firm theatre seats for camp-chairs and blankets on the grass, a gilded roof for a blue sky with puffy white clouds, and the cold northern winter for a warm summer's evening with friends.
We acknowledge the support and assistance of the Waipa District Council and Cambridge Lions. Without their assistance the concert would not have been a success.
We plan to make a concert in February an annual event.
The band playing next to the petanque court in the Leamington Domain.
In late March the band participated in the Cambridge Autumn Festival at the Teddy Bears' Picnic in the Leamington Domain. There weren't many teddy bears present, the weather was not the best, but the miniature trains continued to run and the band didn't appear to distract the adjacent petanque players too much.
The last quarter of 2020 was a mixture of sorrow, restrictions and finally festivities.
In October the band farewelled John Hargreaves, a long time player in the band and joint patron with his wife Jean. John joined the band in the late nineteen forties while still at school and continued to play with the band until his illness. A quiet, observant and unassuming man, he was a regular participant in the band's activities. As a keen arborist, John supported the band's funds with the sale of many of his seedlings.
A memorial service for John was held in Cambridge. Musicians who had known John were invited to play in the band at the service. The band was its largest in years.
John having just recieved his Brass Bands Association Long Service Certifcate in 2018.
The band in St Andrews Church on Labour Day.
One of the twenty-five pounder guns firing.
With the relaxation in Covid restrictions the band returned to playing in public.
On Labour Day the band played in the church at the St Andrews Anglican Church Market Day.
In November the band participated in the annual Matamata Festival of Bands, a Lions Trash and Treasure market, and the Armistice Rememberance Sunday Service in the town hall. We again combined with the Cambridge High School Band on the Saturday evening of Armistice in Cambridge at the Karapiro Domain to perform a concert. The finale was Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture complete with additional percussion, two six pounder and three twenty five pounder howitzers.
Waikato Museum Christmas Concert.
Carols in Morrinsville.
December activities included the Cambridge and Putaruru Christmas parades, a joint concert with the Mosaic Choir at St Andrews Anglican Church and caroling. The final playout in public was the annual Christmas concert in the Waikato Museum by an ensemble from the band.
Cambridge Lion's August Trash and Treasure.
Rehearsals started again after lockdown in early June. We had our delayed annual general meeting in July and an informal group played at the Lions Trash and Treasure on the ninth of August. A quintet then played a few days later at the opening of the seventh Children's Art Exhibition in Hamilton.
Putaruru Water and Food Festival.
Cambridge Lion's March Trash and Treasure.
Unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the Christchurch Mosque Massacre.
2020 started in a relatively uneventful fashion with the Band's participation in the annual Putaruru Water and Food Festival on the first of February. The weather was perfect for a day of live music, food, and wet or dry adventure.
On Sunday the fifteenth of March, the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque terror attacks, the band was priviledged to play at the unveiling of a plaque at the base of an elm tree planted to remember the events of that fateful day.
Last day of term school visits.
The members of Cambridge Brass with centenarian veteran Dennis Warner at Raeburn on ANZAC Eve. [Photo credit Kim Cross]
The activities for the month started early with the "British Invasion" concert in Te Awamutu, a joint event with the Te Awamutu Brass Band. This was an excellent opportunity for the two Waipa brass bands to cooperate and show their collective talents to the community.
On the last day of term elements of the band visited Cambridge Middle School, Leamington Primary and Cambridge High School. At each of the schools the band combined with the school's musical groups to play together as well as to entertain. It was a new experience for many to play in a group containing different instruments not normally associated with the type of band they usually rehearse with.
On the eve of ANZAC Day three of the junior members of the band visited two Cambridge retirement homes to play the Last Post to the residents. It was a priviledge and a community service. They were well received.
Later that evening Cambridge Brass and the Hamilton Big Band presented the annual ANZAC Tribute Concert in the Cambridge Town Hall. Each band contributed a few numbers and finished with a combined session. This was just the start of a busy twenty-four hours. The band was back, this time on the top of the town hall stairs, for the Dawn Service to be followed later in the morning at the Civic Ceremony. The day's performing ended with an ANZAC concert by the Quintet and some members of the Auxiliary Band in the Waikato Museum.
Cambridge ANZAC Dawn Service.
Cambridge Brass and the Hamilton Big Band on stage in the ANZAC Tribute Concert.
Mansfield Garden Party.
Cambridge Autumn Festival: Main Street Carnival.
On the second of March the Quintet played at the Mansfield Garden Party. The Mansfield Garden Party is a regular event in the annual Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. This year the event was held in the Katherine Mansfield Garden, a garden only opened late last year.
At noon the band then played and participated in the Cambridge-Le Quesnoy Friendship Association's gathering. The band was one of the groups who gave a presentation on their participation in the centennial commemorations of the liberation of Le Quesnoy by the New Zealand Division in France last year. The following day the Quintet gave a concert for the closing of the Katherine Mansfield Exihibition in the Waikato Museum.
Later in the month the band played at the monthly Trash and Treasure and on the 24th both the Quintet and the Senior Band played in the Cambridge Autumn Festival Main Street Carnival.
Cambridge-Le Quesnoy Friendship Association gathering.
February Trash and Treasure.
The Auxiliary Band at the Family Fun day of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.
The Quintet playing in a pavilion beside Turtle Lake in the Hamilton Gardens.
The Quintet, the Senior and the Auxiliary bands were all back into their normal rehearsal schedules in February.
Our first performing event was at the Lions Cambridge Trash and Treasure on Sunday the tenth followed that afternoon by the Quintet playing in the Hamilton Gardens by Turtle Lake. On the morning of the 16th the band played at the openning of a Lions Club convention in the Don Rolands Centre at Karapiro.
This year the Auxiliary Band played in the Family Fun Day of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. For those not familiar with the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, it is an arts festival that attracts international and national artists held for about ten days in the renown Hamilton Gardens.
In November 2018 the band visited the old fortified town of Le Quesnoy in northern France to be part of the centennial commemorations of its liberation from over four years of german occupation in the First World War. On the fourth of November 1918 during the Second Battle of Sambre the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, part of the New Zealand Division, liberated the small French town without any civilian loss of life and little damage to the town. Inorder to minimise damage and civilian casualties there had been no artillery bombardment and the brigade resorted to ladders to overcome the medieval ramparts of the old town.
The town has never forgotten the troops who came from the "uttermost ends of the earth" and their sacrifice. The town commemorates ANZAC Day, has named streets after some of the soldiers, has a street named after New Zealand, and gardens with a New Zealand theme.
The Quintet, the Auxiliary Band and the Senior Band all performed while in Le Quesnoy. The band participated in the opening of the New Zealand War Memorial Museum in Le Quesnoy, played in resthomes and at a primary school. Our time concluded with a joint concert with the Brass Band du Hainaut and Harmonie Municipale du Quesnoy.
Rob Hocking our Principal Cornet and Assistant Musical Director is on the cover of the June 2018 BBANZ Magazine playing the last post at the 2018 Dawn ANZAC Parade. Also on the front page is a photograph of the Auxiliary Band taking a bow at the ANZAC Tribute Concert. Further back on page eight is a short article on the connection the Band has to ANZAC Day and Le Quesnoy.