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North Shore Youth stride ahead

Contest success, lots of concerts, and a planned CD recording wraps up a great year for North Shore Youth Brass.

North Shore Youth Brass


Five bands entered the Youth/Auxiliary section at the recent Auckland Bands Association Contest and North Shore Youth Brass came away with silverware at their first outing.

Cant at the helm

Conducted by well known Euphonium player Ken Cant the North Shore Youth Brass has built up numbers recently with the assistance of other top players and tutors Kay McKenzie and Louisa Smith.

Xmas concerts

We decided to choose popular repertoire and also more challenging pieces in 2008, and with the help of some adult players, the band has improved and enjoyed the experience.Ken Cant, MD — North Shore Youth Brass

Members come from a wide area across central Auckland and hold a popular concert at the North Shore Brass band room at the end of each term.

This term, the concert was held on Tuesday 16 December with compere veteran EEb player Jack McDonnell as compere, and soloists Bryce Turner and Emily Melhuish.

The final Christmas Carol concert for the band was held today at Devonport.

Progress and Plans

“We decided to choose popular repertoire and also more challenging pieces in 2008, and with the help of some adult players, the band has improved and enjoyed the experience,” says Ken.

“We have been busy with Christmas Season concerts planned throughout the North Shore and some in Auckland city, and after a well earned break we have a CD recording planned for the New Year”.

Sheona White

White joins adjudication association

June 19 • Sheona White is the latest high profile recruit to join the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators


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Tredegar Town Band - Mussorgsky meets Mozart

Wednesday 20 June • ROYAL BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE, Birmingham City University, 200 Jennens Rd, Birmingham. B4 7XR

Black Dyke Band - Halifax Choral Society

Saturday 23 June • Victoria Theatre, 2 Fountain St, Halifax HX1 1BP

The Marple Band - The Marple Band presents Music from Musicals

Saturday 23 June • Stockport Grammar School. Buxton Road. Stockport SK2 7AF

Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Band

Saturday 23 June • Blackley Blackley Church Prospect View Elland HX5 0TD

York Railway Institute Band - Dan Thomas - Euphonium

Saturday 23 June • Central Methodist Church. St Saviourgate. York. YO1 8NQ YO1 8NQ

Crewe Brass

June 19 • Crewe Brass currently have vacancies for Eb and BBb Bass, Baritone, and Cornet. We are a friendly, social first section band with a good mix of concerts and contests, and rehearse on Monday and Friday evenings in Shavington, Crewe.

Hade Edge Band

June 19 • An opportunity has arisen at Hade Edge Band for an Eb bass player to join our very friendly First Section Band. We rehearse on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Hade Edge Band Room, Greave Road, Hade Edge from 8pm to 10pm

The Corsham Band

June 19 • With a solid result in our first year in the Second Section at the Regional Contest, the band are now looking for an experienced Front Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.

Ian Porthouse

Cornet soloist, clinician, conductor and adjudicator