A walk down memory lane
When this concert was first suggested to Dave, he, in his typical unassuming manner, said he didn’t want any fuss. Well the members of the band thought a “fuss” was appropriate as a thankyou for all the years of music, stories and jokes Dave has shared with us. What better time than the year of his 80th birthday. Along with The Community Trust Woolston Band and Barry Brinson, the members of Addington are proud to play for you music selected by Dave. Our MC for the event is a man known to all in the brass band world, a fellow cornet player and friend of Dave’s. Kevin Jarrettwill be sharing memories of the years sitting alongside Dave.
A brief history
Dave joined the Hokitika Brass Band in 1933 at the age of 7. At the ripe old age of 11 he won the New Zealand Amateur Cornet Championship. To prove it wasn’t a fluke he also won it the next two years. This was the beginning of a musical career which included playing principal cornet in the St Kilda Brass Band when just in his teens, moving to principal solo cornet in the Woolston Band at age 17 and being selected as principal cornet in the first New Zealand National Band in 1953 and several subsequent National Bands. He spent some years as the conductor of the Woolston Band, including winning an A grade championship. He then joined Addington in 1963 and is still a valued playing member of the band.
Not content with brass band rehearsals, Dave was also very active in dance bands and other musical groups in Christchurch. Our concert includes an item with Barry Brinson celebrating Dave’s contribution to music other than brass bands.
We could write so much more but Dave is not the type to seek the limelight. Come along to the concert and hear the music and stories for yourselves.