They are the sound of Christmas in New Plymouth, trolling our streets playing Christmas carols from the back of a truck.
What many people may not realise is that nine of the forty-strong Devon Hotel New Plymouth Brass Band are national representatives.
Hamish Goodhue (percussionist) and Drew Wood (E flat bass) have both been selected in the National Youth Band, which will undertake a tour of Australia next year.
Seven local high school students were selected in the forty-four member 2018 National Secondary Schools’ Brass Band of New Zealand, performing concerts in Christchurch and Timaru during October. They are: Samuel Hudson from Francis Douglas Memorial College, Anna Lee-Sanderson and Ella Simpson from New Plymouth Girls’ High School along with Recco Waite, Ryan Shoemark, Tom Poulgrain and Alex Eggers from NPBHS.
Unfortunately the Conductor, Leigh Martin, also from New Plymouth, had a bad fall the day before the first concert and was consigned to hospital for surgery. Three of the tutors took over conducting duties and the players responded brilliantly to the inevitable changes, says Brian Clark of Inglewood, who compered the concerts.
The band is in action again on Saturday 8th December, taking part in the Waitara Christmas Parade (starting at 10am) and the Inglewood Christmas Parade (starting at midday).
On Sunday 9th December they’ll be accompanying hundreds of locals in the annual Carols by Candlelight on the Hatchery Lawn at Pukekura Park from 8pm, while on Sunday 16th Dec they perform during Christmas at the Bowl.