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Hamilton’s loss, our gain

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier

Central Band of the Royal New Zealand AirforceBy Dean Taylor

New Zealand’s best concert band will play a one-off concert in Te Awamutu in February, the only Waikato show as part of a rare tour.

The Central Band of the Royal New Zealand Airforce is generally regarded as the best in New Zealand, and features many players from the NZSO, Saxcess and other top bands. The band only tours every few years.

One of the concert organisers, Gavin Marriott of Cambridge, says Te Awamutu is having the opportunity to host the concert because Hamilton City has responded so badly in the past to these types of events.

He says when the organisation has brought other top international military bands to Hamilton it has been nothing but trouble organising venues and trying to get the Waikato Times especially, and other Hamilton media, to give the events coverage.

The Central Band of the Royal New Zealand Airforce is a 65 piece symphonic band which plays a variety of march, jazz and concert music. They will arrive in the area on the afternoon Wednesday, February 23 and probably stay at Waitomo Caves and play at being tourists for a night.

On Thursday afternoon there will be workshops for Te Awamutu Brass and Te Awamutu College Band members, and the concert that evening.

At present the venue is the College Hall, although Mr Marriott says he is considering booking the Events Centre as a backup.

Tickets to the concert will be available from Benjamin Moore Colourworks.