Come and hear the bands

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

The Mata­mata Brass Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic, for­merly the Pohlen Cup, has a proud his­tory and this year it will be even more sig­nif­i­cant with the con­cert set to be an ap­pro­pri­ate trib­ute to one of Mata­mata’s gen­tle­men.

For 12 years, the late Jim Wheadon was pa­tron of Mata­mata Brass and he played an in­te­gral part in es­tab­lish­ing the band.

Mr Wheadon was in­volved with the de­sign of Mata­mata Brass’ logo and he in­sti­gated and par­tic­i­pated in a full-scale work­ing bee to paint the out­side of the build­ing the band prac­tises in.

He also took a roll in chang­ing the fes­ti­val from the Pohlen Cup to the Mata­mata Brass Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic, to at­tract more com­peti­tors.

Mr Wheadon’s wife Joyce said even though her hus­band didn’t play an in­stru­ment, he loved mu­sic.

Mata­mata Brass has 21 play­ing mem­bers, one con­duc- tor and 150 Band.

Ten bands will play at the Mata­mata Brass Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic for half an hour each, com­ing from Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Auck­land.

In their al­lot­ted 30 min­utes each band has to do their seat­ing plan, take to the stage and play their set.

The Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata, of which Mr Wheadon was a proud mem­ber, will have helpers there on the day.

The most cov­eted prize on of­fer is the Pohlen Cup for the



the best D grade band and gold, sil­ver and bronze cer­tifi­cates will also be awarded.

The Mata­mata Brass Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic takes place at the Mata­mata Col­lege hall on Sun­day, May 20 and start­ing at 10am.

If you can’t make it any ear­lier and would like to go along to par­tic­u­larly sup­port Mata­mata Brass, they will be play­ing at 2.30pm.

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