Band can not wait to en­ter­tain


Mem­bers of the Mor­rinsville Coun­try Mu­sic Spec­tac­u­lar band agree that it is an ab­so­lute plea­sure to sup­port the awe­some tal­ent that comes to­gether to per­form at the Mor­rinsville Coun­try Mu­sic Spec­tac­u­lar show.

What makes this year’s event, which takes place this Satur­day Septem­ber 16, even more sig­nif­i­cant is the fact that this year marks 40 years since it be­gan as a Christ­mas show and evolved into what it is to­day.

Band leader Renny Hantler first ap­peared as a rhythm gui­tarist for the Mor­rinsville Spec­tac­u­lar in 1992.

This will be Renny’s eighth year in a row as mu­si­cal di­rec­tor for the Spec­tac­u­lar.

Since the early 1970s Renny has worked as a mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, lead singer and rhythm gui­tarist in a num­ber of bands span­ning the North and South Is­lands of New Zealand, play­ing at clubs and con­cert venues as well as back­ing many Coun­try Mu­sic Awards in­clud­ing the NZ Gold Gui­tar Awards in Gore.

Renny is a cur­rent com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Mor­rinsville Coun­try Mu­sic Club and is ac­tively in­volved in the clubs’ ac­tiv­i­ties; help­ing out with the band, har­mony vo­cals and chord chart writ­ing.

Lead gui­tarist Daniel Cos­grove has been a part of the Mor­rinsville Spec­tac­u­lar band for the past five years.

‘‘Pre­vi­ous to this I grew up per­form­ing at the Mor­rinsville CMC with the guid­ance of many peo­ple I have a great deal of re­spect for,’’ he said.

This will be Jeremy Hantler’s ninth year play­ing drums for the Mor­rinsville Spec­tac­u­lar, and his 22nd year of be­ing a mem­ber of the Mor­rinsville Coun­try Mu­sic Club.

He is a pas­sion­ate mu­sic ed­u­ca­tor for young peo­ple, and mu­si­cian and who per­forms reg­u­larly with jazz, afrobeat, folk, im­prov, and coun­try bands. Jeremy has trav­elled ev­ery year from Welling­ton, Auck­land, Hamil­ton, and now Tau­ranga to be a part of the mag­i­cal week­end with a great band, in­spir­ing guest artists and flaw­less Mor­rinsville hos­pi­tal­ity.

Bass player Tony Crich­ton was in­vited into the Mor­rinsville Spec­tac­u­lar band six years ago, through his in­volve­ment with the Proam Coun­try Mu­sic Awards band.

He has since had the great plea­sure of sup­port­ing the awe­some tal­ent that the Mor­rinsville Spec­tac­u­lar Show has put on.


The Mor­rinsville Coun­try Mu­sic Spec­tac­u­lar band.

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