Brass band celebrates
80th birthday performance, Matamata Bible Church on October 31 at 7pm
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.