Farewell to Phil

It was with great reluctance that our Musical Director, Phil Johnston, resigned from the position of Musical Director of Addington Brass to take up the conductors baton at the New Zealand Army Band. Congratulations Phil on your appointment as Musical Director for one of the World’s outstanding military bands.

Phil’s Report for the band’s AGM sums it up nicely…..

Musical Directors Report 2011

Unfortunately this will be my last MD’s AGM.

I firstly congratulate the band on a very fine year. I also thank the whole band for your support throughout the year.

I would secondly take this opportunity to thank Chris and the management committee for their support. I also thank John Wise and Tony Biddington for deputising when I have been away.

This past year has been tough to say the least. It was a very quiet start to the year with people affected by the Earthquake. I would like to acknowledge all the members for their efforts through this period.

We presented a concert in May at the Airforce museum which was most successful. Whilst I took a month off in June for other commitments, Dave Fiu stepped up and took the band which culminated into another very successful concert at the Airforce museum. I would like to thank Dave Clearwater for supplying this venue.

The band performed at the provincials in Timaru in November with great success once again.

The band also completed once again another successful City Mission concert in November to an excellent audience; Riki McDonnell was an absolute sensation as guest soloist and was certainly a favourite. I also acknowledge the contribution of the Christchurch Boys choir and the continued support of Hilary Muir as compere.

I thank Addington Brass as a whole for their ever continuing support over the last two and a half years whilst I have been Musical Director.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the band and have gained much more experience.

I wish the band all the very best for the future.

Phil Johnston