Come and hear the bands
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.