The highlight of the month so far has been the joint concert with the
Katikati Concert Band, held at BeesOnline on a very windy Sunday lunchtime.
Fortunately we missed the main downpour by an hour or so, and valiantly
held out for an hour and a half. Sarurday was far more comfortable, with
a joint rehearsal and a communal meal at a nearby restaurant. The younger
members followed this with an impromptu ice cream eating session on a
nearby pavement and have subsequently formed the Order of the Cold Tub
(and plastic teaspoon). The Katikati band enjoyed the whole event, and
are considering inviting us for a return visit at some point.
The ANZAC parades at Swanson and Helensville went quite smoothly, and
we made it to Helensville in good time after a much shortened service
at Swanson. Peter Whyte started the day with the dawn parade. The early
morning weather was chilly but calm and dry, but the parade warmed us
up nicely. Swanson always seem to provide a suprise at the far end, last
year it was a powhiri across our path, and this year a guard of honour
to march through.
An unusually crowded month. We began with a playout for the Mayoral Cycling
Challenge at Orewa. Despite the rain (we weren't under cover) and the
loudspeakers right behind us, we managed quite a reasonable performance,
The roads were jammed with well over a thousand cyclists; it's hard to
believe that the town has that many bicycles. The weather cleared for
the ride, and all ended well.
This month has also seen the sad farefell of Ron Crean's wife Raewyn,
with a small group from Kumeu and elsewhere accompanying the hymns. Ron
has since rejoined the band on Bass Trombone, and the bass solos in the
marches are certainly back on track.
Our next event will be an informal joint concert with the Katikati concert
band. This will be on the morning of 13th April, venue to be decided.
Carolyn was accepted on the Music course at the University of Huddersfield
following high school and flourished as a player under the tuition of
the world famous cornet virtuoso Philip McCann. She gained her Bachelors
Degree in Music with Honours in 2005 with a first-class grade in
performance. In the same year she became the proud recipient of the
prestigious Harry Mortimer Award given to the year's best brass student.
Not only an accomplished performer, Carolyn is also skilled as an arranger.
She has composed and arranged music for several ensembles, many of which
have been featured on recordings, radio and professional events.
One more thing: she ADORES dark chocolate!
Marc and Carolyn at the Kumeu Show