It is with great sadness
That we acknowledge the passing of Barrie Aldridge
1939 – 2012
Barrie represented New Zealand as a member of the 1962, 1974, 1980, 1985, 1989 and 1990 National Bands and remained a stalwart of Woolston Brass from 1961 until his “semi” retirement to Addington Brass in 2005.
An eminent New Zealand bandsman, Barrie started his banding career under the tutelage of his Father Vic with Derry’s Brass in 1950.
Barrie won six NZ Tenor Trombone solo titles throughout his near life-long banding career, and was runner-up in this event no less than 14 times!
Alongside Tony Lewis and the late Des Hoy, Barrie amassed a staggering 21 Trombone Trio titles from 1953 to 1995. With Richard Hogarth added to the mix on Bass Trombone, the Woolston trombone quartet added seven more titles to the tally. With an extraordinary total of 35 group championship titles to their credit, the Skellerup Woolston / Woolston Brass trombone section, lead by Barrie Aldridge were, for nearly three decades, considered utterly invincible. The supremacy of its trombone section was no doubt integral to the band’s dominance of the contesting scene throughout this era.
While growing and maintaining a family, a profitable business as a Master Builder, and performing at top level banding, Barrie represented Canterbury on the Senior Men’s Hockey field from 1959 to 1978. Somehow, he also managed to find the time to play tennis as a Canterbury Representative from 1954 to 1970. Indefatigable hardly says it.
Barrie and his wife Janet were married in 1962. The National Band Tour of that year was their honeymoon! The couple have four children and seven Grandchildren.
Woolston Brass will combine with Addington Brass at Barrie’s funeral which will be held at 1.30pm on Thursday March 1st at St. Andrews Church, Merivale Lane, Merivale.