Kia ora! The NZCBA Executive is pleased to announce registrations are now open for Festival 2021, being held in Napier in conjunction with the Napier Technical Memorial Band. We look forward to seeing all of you there for an exciting weekend of music making. Sign up here
As Aotearoa settles into what is bound to be a very happy holiday season, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on what a year 2020 has been. For many of us 2020 has been marred by lockdown anxiety and uncertainty about the future. But for NZCBA there is a renewed sense of hope and potential. Let me tell of some exciting things that we hope to roll out over the next year and some exciting future projects that we hope to roll out on a more extensive timeframe. Our New Executive This years AGM saw our executive committee grow to capacity. I was honoured to accept the presidency for the next term. The committee retained some familiar faces with Kathleen Mulligan, our previous president remaining on the executive. We welcomed four new faces to the committee with Alexander Alford, Jacob Fraser, Esther Hunter and Sarah Lam Sam joining us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cathy Brown for her years of service to the executive committee and NZCBA. Cathy has been an active member of the committee for some years and has not sought reelection to the committee. We wish her all the best in her future pursuits and I know that the rest of the committee will join me in acknowleding Cathy’s contributions to our community with gratitude. More details of the current executive committee will be available on our website soon. New Business Tools This year I have managed to get the NZCBA recognised as a non-profit organistion for the purposes of business productivity offers from Microsoft. This means that we have been granted several tools and licenses that we can use to further serve our members and it is my hope that there will be increased communication and connection with our member bands now that we have some better tools to foster more fruitful connections. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the team at Microsoft Non-profit, who are giving more and more organisations like ours the ability to serve their communities. New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds summer event cancelation The NZYSW sub-committee has been working hard to get through auditions and plan for the next meeting of the band. The difficult decision was made to cancel the scheduled January event. Successful applicants were notified of this change and so the committee is now working hard to ensure that the Winter event goes ahead with minimal upset. More details of the planned activities for the band will be released via all of our social and digital channels in the future. Festival 2021 With COVID-19 creating uncertainty and doubt within our community, a very necessary casualty in this years calendar was the national festival, which was slated for August in Napier. After continued correspondence with the host band in Napier, we are pleased that the festival will continue to take place in Napier next year. Dates and further details will be available on our website and official announcements will be made on all of our social media platforms as well as via email direct to member bands. Look for updates and plan for a fantastic festival in Napier next year. Connectedness I have never experienced a Pandemic before. The challenges that we all faced in our communities were faced together, even though these communities were engaged behind screens or in smaller numbers. I didn’t know just how much power this pandemic had to seperate us physically, ultimately resulting in the entire banding community grinding to a halt. Now that we have hopefully seen this pandemic come under control and we are all making music again, I would like to issue a call to all of our member bands to please be in touch with events or concerts that are happening in your local community. Now more than ever we need to be supporting each other. Lost income, disconnectedness, anxieties and fears all need to be addressed and one way that we can start to do this is by supporting each other and more importantly, our bands! So we would like to offfer our website as a place where events can be advertised, and therefore engaged with. I will be working with Jacob Fraser, our Digital Content Coordinator to create an “Events in our Community” type page which will feature a calendar feed that lists concerts from member bands, and should there be interest we will also investigate having a rehearsals calendar, so that any prospective bandies can see at a glance what rehearsals are happening in their area. This will take time and no small effort from the relevant committee members, so please bare with us while we work through this. More details will follow but if you have input, please get in touch. While 2020 has been a less than ideal year globally, we must be thankful that we here in New Zealand can enjoy the gift of music making in our communities and at home. The new year holds many exciting challenges for us, but also possibility and potential. I am excited to be working with the executive committee to deliver on our goals and give our membership the best possible year, one that we all deserve. From me and mine, please have a very happy holiday season. Stay safe and well, that we may tackle 2021 with everything we have!