For Bill the mu­sic has never died

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Bill Platt had two in­ter­ests grow­ing up — rugby and play­ing the eu­pho­nium.

As he got older, he had to de­cide which one was for life.

‘‘I couldn’t imag­ine my­self play­ing rugby when I was 80, so I stuck to mu­sic,’’ he said.

Platt, 77, said mu­sic had been a life­long in­ter­est that had taken him around the world.

The Pare­mata res­i­dent was pre­sented with a Porirua 50th medal in hon­our of the city’s mile­stone birth­day last year. He was ac­knowl­edged for his 45 years of com­mit­ment to the Trust Porirua Brass Band and to the brass band move­ment gen­er­ally.

‘‘I couldn’t imag­ine my­self play­ing rugby when I was 80, so I stuck to mu­sic.’’

Porirua band there are mem­bers aged from 16 to their 70s.

Platt has spent thou­sands of hours play­ing his eu­pho­nium and has been in a band for 63 years. He thanked his wife, Marie, for her pa­tience all the time he was on band duty.

He can of­ten be found out on the golf course, but still works part-time for Tommy’s Real Es­tate.

PHOTO: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Bill Platt was hon­oured for his 45 years of com­mit­ment to the Trust Porirua Brass Band.

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