As a precautionary measure against Covid-19 all events have been cancelled. Consideration is though being given to less conventional means of hosting events.
The members of Cambridge Brass with centenarian veteran Dennis Warner at Raeburn on ANZAC Eve. [Photo credit Kim Cross]
Last day of term school visits.
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 Brass and the Hamilton Big Band on stage in the ANZAC Tribute Concert.
Cambridge ANZAC Dawn Service.
Mansfield Garden Party.
Cambridge Autumn Festival: Main Street Carnival.
Cambridge-Le Quesnoy Friendship Association gathering.
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.
February Trash and Treasure.
The Quintet playing in a pavilion beside Turtle Lake in the Hamilton Gardens.
Members of the Cambridge Jazz Band.
The Auxiliary Band at the Family Fun day of the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.
The Quintet, the Senior and the Auxiliary bands were all back into their normal rehearsal schedules in February. Late in the month a new entrant appeared on the scene, the Cambridge Jazz Band.
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.
A page of photographs taken during the band's stay in Le Quesnoy can be found here.
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.