For Bill the music has never died
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.
Bill Platt was honoured for his 45 years of commitment to the Trust Porirua Brass Band.