Brass band cel­e­brates

80th birth­day per­for­mance, Mata­mata Bi­ble Church on Oc­to­ber 31 at 7pm

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Mata­mata Brass Band’s 80th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions will be spe­cial for the band’s mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Me­morie Brooky.

‘‘Four pre­vi­ous con­duc­tors will be in­volved in the show,’’ she said. ‘‘That’s quite cool be­cause I have played un­der them be­fore, and have taken notes out of their con­duct­ing books, for my role.’’

The Mata­mata Brass Band, as well as the Hamil­ton Brass Band, will per­form at the Mata­mata Bi­ble Church on Oc­to­ber 31 from 7pm to cel­e­brate the lo­cal band’s birth­day.

As well as the pre­vi­ous con­duc­tors con­duct­ing pieces, the band will also per­form with singers for some pieces.

Me­morie’s brother Ha­muera Brooky and Emma New­man, who has been per­form­ing with Opera Aus­tralia, will per­form.

Both Me­morie and the band’s pres­i­dent, Bar­bara Hodgkin­son, are con­fi­dent the band will con­tinue for many years and will def­i­nitely cel­e­brate their 90th birth­day.

‘‘I am con­fi­dent that, even if our num­bers get down a bit, we will have a lot of sup­port from bands out of the area so the Mata­mata Brass Band will keep go­ing,’’ Bar­bara said.

The band was started in 1935, al­though the cur­rent band can’t find any record of how many mem­bers the band had. The cur­rent ju­nior band, now called the de­vel­op­ment band, has about 15 mem­bers and the se­nior band has 25, she said.

The 80th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions are on Oc­to­ber 31 at the Mata­mata Bi­ble Church with en­try by do­na­tion. Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to come to the church at 6pm to mix and min­gle be­fore the 7pm event.

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