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Players sought for Parade's Brass Bandits

Mon 26 Jan 2015 In: New Zealand Daily News

Colombian trombone player Pablo Ruiz Henao is arranging the music. A marching band dubbed the ‘Brass Bandits’ is being put together for the Auckland Pride Parade, and needs more musicians to join the fun. Organiser Jamie MacKay is looking for brass, woodwind and percussion players for the 21 February event. “You don't have to have marched before because Ponsonby Road is straight so there are no corners to worry about.” A reasonable level of skill is required. “You don't have to be a virtuoso but the music will probably be a bit beyond beginners. If your instrument doesn't have a lyre to hold the music you will need to try and memorise it. Or stick it to the back of the person in front of you. “The march is quite long so a reasonable level of fitness is required but there will be playing breaks to give everyone a rest.” MacKay says the music is being specially arranged for the gig by talented Colombian trombone player, Pablo Ruiz Henao. “I don't want to give anything away about the songs being used but they are all classics.” He promises it will be a lot of fun. “The last two parades have been brilliant to watch so taking part will be even better.” The Brass Bandits will march thanks to support from the GABA Charitable Trust and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. To get involved, contact Jamie at or on 021 946 222.     

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Monday, 26th January 2015 - 10:28am

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