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