Members of the North Shore Concert Band are celebrating the group’s 40th anniversary this year with a special concert at the PumpHouse Theatre on Sunday 5th August.
The band was started in 1978 by three musicians who realised that there were very few opportunities for musicians to perform in a band once they had left school. Two of those founders, Colin Hill and Peter Ward will be playing with the band this year along with several other members who have been with the band for most of that time.
The band’s aim was, and still is, to provide an opportunity for adult musicians of all ages and varying skill levels to make music together and to share it with the wider community.
Originally called the Shoreside Concert Band, changed to North Shore Concert Band in 1993 the group includes brass, woodwind, string bass, and percussion instruments.
They have played music at a huge variety of venues over the years, including schools, churches, theatres, shopping malls, parks, retirement villages and Christmas Parades.
As well as encouraging local musicians to keep up and improve their skills, the North Shore Concert Band has been a great training ground for learner conductors. From 1990 to 1994, the band was led by a young man called Peter Thomas, who is now highly renowned as the conductor of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra.
The PumpHouse Theatre have hosted the North Shore Concert Band for most of these past 40 years. The band took part in The PumpHouse’s 40th anniversary celebrations in 2017 and is proud to be celebrating their own milestone there this year.
Join us for a very special celebration.
40th Anniversary Concert, Sunday 5th August, 2pm
Tickets from www.pumphouse.co.nz