|Venue:||On the stage in the Rhododendron Lawn in the Hamilton Gardens|
|Date:||Saturday 23 February 2019|
|Venue:||Rogers Rose Garden, Hamilton Gardens|
|Date:||Saturday 2 March 2019|
|Date:||Sunday 3 March 2019|
|Venue:||Te Awamutu College Hall|
|Date:||Sunday 9 April 2019|
|Tickets:||$5 - $10|
The new year has arrived for the band. We have a pretty full programme of events mapped out to the end of the year. There is a greater emphasis on getting out into the community and of being involved with other groups. It has already started with our participation in the monthly Cambridge Lions Club Trash and Treasure market and the Quintet playing by Turtle Lake in the Hamilton Gardens.
Last year the Quintet played in the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival in the Mansfield Garden Party. They also played as the audience arrived for the Sunset Symphony, arguably the largest annual musical event in the Waikato. For those not familiar with the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, it is a Waikato arts festival that attracts international and national artists held for about ten days at the renown Hamilton Gardens. The Auxiliary Band plan to participate in the Family Fun Day on the 23rd of February and the Quintet to again perform in the Mansfield Garden Party on the second of March. March includes another concert by the Quintet at the Waikato Museum and the Cambridge Autumn Festival leading to an early April joint concert with the Te Awamutu Brass Band.
This is just the beginning.
Caroling at the Moxon Centre.
Cambridge Brass at St Stephens.
Cambridge Trash and Treasure December 2018.
Caroling at St Kildas.
The Quintet playing in the Waikato Museum on the Sunday before Christmas.
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.
A page of photographs taken during the band's stay in Le Quesnoy can be found here.
The Cambridge Oompah Band, formed esspecially for the event, played at the Putaruru Memorial Services Club.
The Cambridge Brass Junior Developement Band has been chosen by the Cambridge Warehouse to be part of their customer choice programme. When you shop in the Cambridge branch of The Warehouse between 1 August and January 2019 you can collect a token and vote for the Junior Development (Auxiliary) Band. Your support will help the Junior Band to grow with more young members from our community. The money raised will be spent on learner instruments, music and tuition.
Thanks to The Warehouse for choosing us as their Neighbourhood Partner in Cambridge.
Cambridge Brass and St Peters combined to perform a concert at St Peters School Cambridge to raise funds for the band's trip in November 2018.
Thanks to St Peters for sharing their facilities and talent with us.
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.
At the 2018 Annual General Meeting seventy years of playing for the band by John Hargreaves was celebrated. The band presented John with a framed copy of a photograph of the band taken in 1949 with him sat between the Band Conductor and the Mayor.
John Hardgreaves receiving a framed photograph of the band in 1949.
Rob, John and Jean with the cake.
The Cambridge Oompah Band played at the Putaruru Memorial Services Club.
The Quintet had a long day on the final day of the annual Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival. It started with being the first group to play in the Rogers Rose Garden at the Mansfield Garden Picnic. The Mansfield Garden Picnic is an event to raise funds for the expansion of the themed gardens. People are encouraged to dress in the style of the inter war years and picnic while listenning to good music from the period.
At 1pm the "Rusty Player Orchestra" took to the main stage on the Rhododendron Lawn. This is a scratch orchestra for people returning to playing and anyone wanting to play in a stress free environment. Waikato brass band players are well represented and the range of instruments played a challenge for the music librarian. The first half is a rehearsal session for the rest of the session where the music is played as a mini concert.
While the Trust Waikato Orchestra did their sound check and final programme run-through the members of the Quintet not in the Sunset Symphony raced off to Cambridge to play in the St John adults awards. They returned to play for half an hour to the gathering crowd for the Sunset Symphony. The night ended with the Sunset Symphony and fireworks.
The Quintet playing in the Rogers Rose Garden at the Mansfield Garden Picnic.
In the early afternoon a number of brass band musicians played in the Rusty Player Orchestral on the main stage.
Brass musicians from Waikato brass bands were well represented.
Having played at the Cambridge St John adult awards the Quintet returned to play to the gathering crowd.
Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival 2018 Sunset Symphony from behind the trombones.
The musicians come from all over the Waikato, the Bay of Plenty and Auckland with the youngest being thirteen and the eldest in their eighties.
Many thanks to the Ede family and Chris for manning the drinks and produce stand at the craft fair this morning.
A perfect summers morning.
There were stalls everywhere.
The real workers for the band.