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Wellington Brass Band balancing the ledger against the Aussies

WELLINGTON Brass Band has gone some way to balancing the ledger in trans Tasman rivalry, winning the Australian National Brass Band Championships in Sydney over Easter weekend.

The Wellington Brass Band battled with 15 other Brass Bands from Australia, winning three of the four band events in the competition, with second place in the other. The Wellington band won outright with a five point gap between them and their nearest competitor Brisbane Excelsior who were the two time defending champions.

The competition held over four days at Easter, was the first time the Wellington band has won the Australian Championships. The win marked the first time in over ten years the Fireman's Helmet Nation trophy would make a move across the Tasman, and the first in 20 years a New Zealand band would hold both National Championship titles. Success in major competitions is becoming a familiar theme for Wellington's young band. Led by musical director David Bremner over the past nine years, the band has risen from obscurity to win the previous two New Zealand National contests, and regularly enjoys stellar success in the National solo competitions as well.

The band's Manager Leighton Roberts described the most recent victory in Australia as "The perfect end to a very, hard, and committed 6-7 months" explaining, "After our successful defence of the NZ Nationals we were invited to the Australian competition. We collectively decided to accept that invitation, which is massive commitment both musically and financially." The band has been fundraising for six months solid to represent the city and country across the ditch, "You may have seen us on the Cricket World Cup fan trail and on the big stage at Cuba Dupa" Leighton says, "We're just thrilled with our performances through all the events, we have a lot of young fellas in the band, students, and also more seasoned players, so to see them all step up and perform well, after all the hard work of getting over there was simply fantastic."

The Wellington Brass Bands now looks forward to their next performance following on from victory titled "Made in NZ". Held on May 9th at St Andrew's on the Terrace at 7.30pm, the concert will include a world premier concerto by Anthony Ritchie.

Wellington Brass are also looking forward to announcing details of their major fundraising event Oktoberfest: The Bavarian Showdown later this month.

National Champions

We are very proud to announce that the band's thirty two year wait for a third A grade title is over. With two point victories in the hymn and test and a third in the own choice, we won by one point over Dalewool.

Mark Davey got best soloist! And our whole cornet section got best section for the test.

Look out for the September issue of Our Evening Post (Contest Special) for a comprehensive contest recap.

Renaissance

Wellington Brass Band is proud to announce the availability of their brand new CD recording "Renaissance".

This album celebrates the journey the Wellington Brass Band has taken over the past five years, and features four outstanding New Zealand soloists:

Trevor Bremner - Cornet
David Chaulk - Euphonium
Byron Newton - Euphonium
Mark Davey - Trombone

Track List:

  1. The Wellingtonian listen
  2. Brillante listen
  3. Dear Lord And Father listen
  4. Renaissance listen
  5. Harlequin listen
  6. Tramways March * listen
  7. Malaguena listen
  8. In Perfect Peace listen
  9. To Smash The Frozen Sea Within Us * listen
  10. Stardust listen
  11. Satchmo listen
* Including two world premier recordings!

Musical Director: David Bremner

To order your copy, please email: bandmaster@wellingtonbrass.net.nz

If you have purchased a digital copy of the album but would still like to see the original artwork from the physical CD you can download the CD booklet and the back cover artwork.

CDs cost $25 + $5 postage/handling (within New Zealand)