North Shore Brass
13 March 2016
What better way to spend a sunny Auckland Sunday than by the beach listening to a free brass band concert?
North Shore Brass played at the annual Castor Bay Ratepayers and Residents Association beachside event, and a crowd of more than 200 beachgoers clapped along with the Band at the picturesque Castor Bay on Auckland’s North Shore.
The programme began with Castell Coch, a stirring march beloved of many a bandie, setting the scene for an hour of audience favourites such as Memory from Cats, Colonel Bogey March, Puttin’ on the Ritz.
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, complete with ‘soaring trombones’ was a highlight for most.
A concert would not be complete without paying homage to the film that put brass bands back into the limelight in the mid-1990s – Brassed Off. The Band easily accounted for the bouncy Floral Dance and flugel soloist Kate Wright’s Concerto ‘de Orange Juice’ could have just been lifted from the soundtrack!
Musical Director Colin Clark was in fine form as compere, and literally blew the audience away with his stylish playing of the trumpet during the finale piece Jublio, Jubilo.
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