Levin Brass Band in con­test prac­tice

Cham­pi­ons look for an­other award

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The last time that the Na­tional Brass Band Con­test was held in Napier, Levin & Districts Brass was crowned New Zealand’s Na­tional Cham­pion C Grade Band.

Drum Ma­jor Steve Law­ton says that he is again look­ing for­ward to lead­ing the band down the main street of Napier dur­ing the street march sec­tion, and hope­fully adding to those happy mem­o­ries.

To warmup for Napier’s July 15 and 16 event, the Levin band is pre­sent­ing a pre-Na­tional Con­test Concert this Sun­day af­ter­noon, July 3 at 2pm in Levin’s Sal­va­tion Army Worship & Community Cen­tre in Durham St.

Fresh from out­stand­ing re­sults at the Com­bined Cen­tral Districts and Welling­ton Dis­trict Band Con­test in Field­ing in April, with four first plac­ings in­clud­ing the street march to the lo­cally written Waitarere March, and two sec­ond plac­ings, the band will be play­ing its Na­tional Con­test reper­toire, as well as a few light en­ter­tain­ment num­bers.

Fea­tured will be the sa­cred item Deep River, the C Grade test piece Cana­dian Folk Song Suite, and the band’s own choice test se­lec­tion The Hasle­mere Suite.

Prin­ci­pal cor­net player, Den­nis Tay­lor, and Bb bass player Chris Collings will per­formtheir con­test solo pieces, ac­com­pa­nied by pi­anist Colin Tay­lor.

At the Welling­ton Dis­trict Brass Bands As­so­ci­a­tion’s Solo and Party Events con­test in May, Den­nis won the veter­ans’ sec­tion, while Chris won the bass sec­tion from a field of twenty one en­trants.

The band’s en­sem­ble septet will play Gypsy Rondo by Hay­den, ar­ranged for brass en­sem­ble by mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, Colin Honey, while the quin­tet will play The Trum­pet Shall Sound by Han­del. Both en­sem­bles won their re­spec­tive sec­tions at May’sWelling­ton com­pe­ti­tion.

Ad­mis­sion to Sun­day’smati­nee is a gold coin do­na­tion.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Mem­bers of Levin & Districts Brass is hold­ing a pre-con­test concert be­fore rep­re­sent­ing Horowhenua at the Na­tional Brass Band Con­test in Napier.

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