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RNZAF Band to perform in Nelson, Westport, Greymouth, Wigram

60-piece RNZAF Band
to perform military classics in Nelson, Westport, Greymouth
and Wigram

4 February 2013

60-piece RNZAF Band to perform military classics in Nelson, Westport, Greymouth and Wigram

The 60-piece Royal New Zealand Air Force Band will be in full swing touring Nelson, the West Coast, and Wigram, from February 20th, with support from vocalist Stephanie Paris.

Squadron Leader Graham Hanify, MBE, will conduct the band's upcoming South Island tour, a job he's well accustomed to having previously directed the band for 25 years. Hanify, who plays baritone saxophone for acclaimed quartet Saxcess, says the programme will explore the power and more subtle qualities of a large symphonic band.

“Everybody who enjoys fine brass playing will be looking forward to it,” Squadron Leader Hanify said.
“We’re working hard to perform as a very tight ensemble on this tour which takes dedication and hard work during the rehearsal stages.”

Popular classics to be featured are Leonard Bernstein's Candide Overture, Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italien and John Philip Sousa's King Cotton March. Memorable performances are anticipated of Chaminade's Concertino for flute, to be played by Rebecca Steel (former flute with the Philharmonia in London), Weber's Concertino for Clarinet (with David McGregor, principal clarinet of the National Youth Orchestra), and Ballad for Saxophone in E flat (with Reuben Chin).

“We’ve given our outstanding musicians solos to play and believe they’ll be a treat for the audience. I hope the trombone section may steal the show with their performance of Tricky Trombones,” Hanify said.

The RNZAF Band performed to rapturous applause at concerts last year to celebrate its 75th anniversary, including a spectacular performance amongst the vintage planes at the Air Force Museum, Wigram. The Air Force Museum, Wigram, will be the last stop on the band's 2013 tour.

WEDS 20 FEB, 7pm Theatre Royal, Nelson:
Tickets from 08004TICKET

THURS 21 FEB, 7pm NBS Theatre, Westport:
Tickets from venue and
FRI 22 FEB, 7pm Regent Theatre, Greymouth:
Tickets from venue, 03 768 0920 for bookings
SAT 23 FEB, 7pm Air Force Museum, Wigram, Christchurch:
Tickets from venue, 03 343 9532

$20 adults* | $18 Seniors* | $10 Students*

*booking fees will apply


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