Manukau Concert Band – by Donnelle Belanger-Taylor
Manukau Concert Band is an award-winning community band with around 40 musicians, drawing players from as far afield as West Auckland, the North Shore and Waiuku.
Our membership is varied, ranging from an 81-year-old who recently earned a PhD in Linguistics, to a 15-year-old who plays French horn and tutors drums at Papakura Music School.
At the end of 2014, we said goodbye to our Musical Director of twelve years, Kathleen Mulligan, and welcomed Tom Chester, who plays French horn with the Royal New Zealand Navy Band. Kathleen had taken us to success at many NZCBA Festivals, and we were pleased to continue the tradition in 2015, gaining the Robert Lutt trophy for “Outstanding Festival Band”.
As often happens, a change of director has instigated some reflection on the direction of the band. This can best be summarised by our vision: “New Zealand’s best community concert band”. We are consciously looking for ways to give back to the community; so far this has included ensemble performances at community events, open rehearsals, a combined rehearsal with students from the Tironui Music Trust, and the establishment of an academy band in 2016, for players of all abilities.
There are big plans afoot, including an overseas trip to the Singapore International Band Festival in 2018.
Like many community bands, there are a few areas where we could use more players. For more details about joining either Manukau Concert Band or the new academy band, please see our website, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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