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Carols by Candlelight at the Tuariki Marae

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The New Zealand National Youth band will headline Carols at the Marae this Sunday at Tuariki Marae in Te Teko.

The band comprising of members from Eastern Bay Brass will be joined by a local lineup of artists who will perform a set-list of Christmas Carols throughout the evening.

"We encourage all the community to bring their whanau, a picnic, something comfortable to sit on and come and sing their Christmas hearts out" Marae Chairman, Mary Hepi says.

The New Zealand National Youth Band comprises of 35 brass and percussion members and a quarter of the band is made up of members from Eastern Bay Brass’ A Grade Band - the third best brass band in the country. The band are preparing to tour Australia in January 2019 and fundraising efforts are underway.

"We are excited to support the National Youth Band and have them perform on the Marae, it will be a special occasion to see and hear." Mrs Hepi said.

The free event is being organised by the Ngati Tuariki Development Trust who will be selling candles for a gold coin donation.

Kai Stalls and FREE children's activities will be available.

The event is proudly supported by EastPack and Otakiri Springs.

Carols at the Marae

7PM - 9PM

Sunday 23 December 2018

Tuariki Marae - 322 Galatea Road,

Te Teko

THE NATIONAL YOUTH BAND: Comprising brass and percussion players under 23 years of age is touring Australia in January 2019. The band is considered to be the premium band for young brass players in the country, and all young band members aspire to be selected through an audition process. Nine players from Whakatane have been successful this year.

The New Zealand Youth Band comprises of 35 players so to have a quarter of the band from Whakatane is very significant and is reflective of the strength of brass banding in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Those selected from Whakatane all play in our A Grade Band EBOP Brass that is currently the third best brass band in New Zealand.The NZ Youth Band meets annually with this years band coming together in Hamilton on 18 January 2019 before performing two days later for concerts and then head to Queensland for a concert tour. The Whakatane players selected are:

Lachlan Spence Tenor Horn

Clarke Spence Cornet

Courtney Wilson Cornet

Daniel Dalgleish Cornet

Leo Read Trombone

Simon Winship Baritone

Luke Spence Euphonium

Liam Bewley Trombone

Joeal Mita Percussion

Each member have sought support through various fundraising initiatives over the last few months to meet their costs. Each player is required to fund the balance of $1,400 for the tour as well as cover the costs of their own meals while in Australia. This is an amazing opportunity for our young stars to be part of a national band under the Musical Direction of David Bemner, the principal trombonist of the NZ Symphony Orchestra. Of note is that the band will play a new composition by Jack Bewley who is also from Whakatane. Alan Spence EBOP Brass Bands Musical Director has been appointment to be the Musical Director of NZ Youth Band for 3 years from 2020 which again is an indication of the strength of banding in this area. It is fair to say that the Eastern Bay of Plenty will be well represented on this pending tour. This is a huge opportunity for our players to play together as a national band and to experience the pressure of touring.

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