Navy band is mu­sic to the ears of in­ter­me­di­ate kids

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Pasadena In­ter­me­di­ate pupils found out it’s not all ships and salutes when they were treated to a visit from the Navy Brass Band re­cently.

The band en­ter­tained the ex­cited crowd with a range of show tunes, movie themes and even rock and dance seg­ments.

Though the mu­si­cians usu­ally per­form for high schools, they made an ex­cep­tion to visit Pasadena as part of the school’s mu­sic ex­ten­sion pro­gramme, says prin­ci­pal Tony Walsh.

Lead­ing mu­si­cian Andrew Lile has played bass trom­bone in the band for four years and says the shows are all part of the navy’s role in the com­mu­nity.

They are also a good way of show­ing the kids the dif­fer­ent things they can be­come in­volved with through the navy.

“It’s a pretty fun con­cert, we try to tai­lor it for the kids,” he says.

“I don’t think there’s too many other groups that do this kind of thing.”

Mr Walsh says the school does a lot of mu­sic ex­ten­sion work and the con­cert is an­other way of get­ting kids in­volved.

He says the high-en­ergy con­cert was fan­tas­tic.

“It’s a very pos­i­tive way to in­tro­duce an­other style of mu­sic to pre-teens.”

Year 7 stu­dent Elsie Bollinger learns the sax­o­phone and says she had a lot of fun.

“In­tro­duc­ing the in­stru­ments and their dif­fer­ent sounds was in­ter­est­ing and could help you choose an in­stru­ment to play.”

Nick Denby, 11, has been learn­ing the drums this year and though he wants to be in a rock band, he was hop­ing the con­cert would show him a few dif­fer­ent styles of drum­ming.

Mr Lile says he en­joys play­ing to the en­thu­si­as­tic school crowds when­ever there is a break in the band’s sched­ule.

“It’s good to do some­thing dif­fer­ent,” he says.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Top brass: Pasadena In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents Panxi Pan, 11, and Nick Denby, 11, get some tips from the band’s lead­ing mu­si­cian Andrew Lile.

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