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168 years of service

A number of members of ‘The Trusts’ Waitakere Brass were awarded long service awards at the band’s annual awards dinner in November.

The Trusts Waitakere Brass


Brass Bands Association New Zealand representatives Jamie Ford and Ian Levien spoke and presented awards to Stuart Ritchie, Lisa Rogers, Sergio Marshall, Craig McKee, and Ian Billington for long service to the Brass Band Association.

Stuart Ritchie

Stuart Ritchie received an award for 27 years of service. Stuart joined the New Lynn Citizens band back in 1980 and for 27 years he has remained loyal to The ‘Trusts’ Waitakere Brass.

He won the Junior Tenor Trombone title in 1989, and he was the Principal trombone in the 1990 and 1991 National Youth Bands of NZ. Stuart was made a life member of the band in 2005.

Lisa Rogers

Lisa Rogers received an award for 28 years of service. Lisa joined the Matamata band in 1980 and then moved to the Hamilton band in 1985 where she played for the next 17 years.

In 2002, Lisa joined Waitakere Brass. Lisa is one of NZ’s top flugel players having gained a placing in the Open Flugel contest many times, and this year Lisa took out the Champion Soloist title at the Auckland Bands Association contest.

Sergio Marshall

Sergio Marshall received an award for 28 years of service. Sergio started his brass band career in 1975 with the Cambridge Municipal Band. In 1982, Sergio took a break from banding but couldn’t stay away for ever and he returned to Cambridge Municipal in 1988.

1992 saw Sergio make the move to Hamilton band where he spent the next ten years playing before joining Waitakere Brass in 2002. Sergio has been a member of the National Band of NZ since 2003.

Craig McKee

Craig McKee received an award for 30 years of service. Craig started playing cornet in the New Lynn Citizens band in 1975. In 1984, he joined the NZ Army Band where he also used his keyboard skills as well as some time on soprano. After leaving the Army band, he joined the Woolston Workingmens Club band.

Craig returned to Auckland and Waitakere Brass in 1992, however 1993 saw Craig move to Kerikeri where he played for the Whangarei band. He then took some time off before returning to banding in 1999 with Auckland City Brass. 2002 saw him re-join Waitakere Brass. Craig was a member of the 1983 National Youth Band.

Ian Billington

Ian Billington received an award for an amazing 55 years of service to Brass Bands. Ian started playing in the Hawera Municipal band in 1953. He moved to Wellington in 1961 and, with a brief interlude of two years in Dannevirke, was principal cornet for Onslow Brass for 37 years.

Ian joined Waitakere band in 2000 and he has been a loyal member ever since. Ian’s achievements over the past 55 years include being a member of 6 National Bands of NZ, including the National Band that won the World Championships at Kerkrade, Holland under Elgar Clayton. Ian is a true bandsman and has assisted numerous bands throughout NZ in local and national championships.

The Trusts Waitakere Brass are fortunate to have players of such calibre and dedication as members of the band, and congratulate Stuart, Lisa, Sergio, Craig and Ian on their achievements.

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