Napier Technical Memorial Band

SINCE 1929
 
 

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US!

NAPIER TECHNICAL MEMORIAL BAND is a symphonic or wind band and we invite any brass, woodwind or percussion player to come and join us.

We rehearse each Tuesday night 7-9pm at the Band Room, Whitmore Park, Marewa, Napier.

Our JUNIOR BAND is suitable for younger, school-aged musicians who can read music and are ready to further develop their instrumental playing alongside other like-minded musicians.

We rehearse each Tuesday night 6-6.45pm at the Band Room, Whitmore Park, Marewa, Napier.

Please contact Teresa Cuthbert

021 023 95310

We put on three or four public concerts a year, go busking in Napier, contribute at Anzac services, travel away to a national festival to compete against other bands, have a Junior Band for younger players and provide Christmas carols to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

OUR PHOTOS

MTG Concert 2022

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Busking April 2022

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Christmas Concert 2021

photos by Marlene Nascimento

All Saints Church
All Saints Church

What a great venue

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High on a Hill
High on a Hill

Soloists Paul and Christopher

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What a shot!
What a shot!

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All Saints Church
All Saints Church

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NZCBA Festival August 2021

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HB Band Festival May 2021

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Auckland NZCBA Festival 2019

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Highlights from Auckland

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The Bernard Watson Trophy

For ensemble group showing the best Festival Spirit

The award is a new one donated by Rosemary Johnson.  She wanted to recognise adult musicians who were not receiving one of the major awards but for one reason or another gave the adjudicator the "feel good or tingle factor".

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Mothers' Day Concert May 2019

Dr Paul Hendy
Dr Paul Hendy
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check out the sax section
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Hoani
Hoani
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woodwind section
woodwind section
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Christopher playing Sometimes I feel
Christopher playing Sometimes I feel
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mothers day concert
mothers day concert
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Cameron playing Despacito
Cameron playing Despacito
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Rev Bob Foster enjoying the concert
Rev Bob Foster enjoying the concert
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Emily playing Circus Pony
Emily playing Circus Pony
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OUR HISTORY

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The Napier Technical College commenced in 1909. Its brass band formed in 1929.  Weekly practices were held in the evening between 7 and 9 pm much to the annoyance of the people attending night classes at the college.  A quote from the college magazine 1929, "The Naperian"   ".... though much discordant, our band is emerged into its present state ...this was due to the energy after Mr Hopkinson.  We must not forget something for we are adept of £50 from the Borough Council toward our band expenses".   At the time of the Napier earthquake on Feb 3 1931 the role was 338. Eight boys and one girl lost their lives at the school.  The Napier Technical Memorial Band remains as a perpetual memory to these children and to the original band.

Following the earthquake the band continued its existence serving the people of Napier with concerts, carolling and dances.  It also attended national  and Central District Brass Band competitions.  Between 1980 and 1990 Tea Dances held in the Technical Rooms in Whitmore Park were very popular with the public.  However with declining interest in brass banding the switch occurred to a symphonic band in 1997 under the musical directorship of Martin Sobleman from USA, then head of music at Napier Boys High School.  Subsequent musical directors have continued on this tradition.  Brian Kennedy (1999-2002), Stephen Gibbs (2003 -2005), Angela Warmke (2006), Christopher Wilson(2007-2009), Jane Stone (2010-2014), Hoani Hawaikirangi (2015-2021) and present musical director Christopher Wilson.

The Original Band in 1929 in front of the Napier Technical College.

 

CONTACT US

Musical Director

Christopher Wilson


Chairperson

Teresa Cuthbert  021 023 95310


Secretary

Mike Coombe 06 8350727 

 

Rehearsals

Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm

Napier Tech Band Room

Whitmore Park,  Barker Rd

Marewa, NAPIER

For more information contact 

Teresa Cuthbert 021 023 95310

tcuthbert@napiercentral.school.nz

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