The Trusts Waitakere Brass - Press Release

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  1. Kerwintootle

    Kerwintootle Member

    Exciting times ahead for Waitakere

    The Trusts Waitakere Brass are delighted to announce the appointment of Ross Gerritsen on principal euphonium, following the recent resignation of Ken Cant. Ross is enjoying a golden spell at the moment, earlier this year he was crowned Champion Baritone player of New Zealand and has only recently returned to New Zealand from the National Band of New Zealand’s successful trip to the World Championships in Kerkrade where he was principal baritone. Ross is a popular and loyal band member working on the committee and producing the band’s artwork for posters and concert programmes. His solo experience is invaluable in this role; he will be performing Philip Sparke’s ‘Pantomime’ at his first concert on euphonium. Alex Kerwin say’s ‘This is a great move for the band, Ross is a determined man who strives for the best and is a tireless worker, this is without doubt the start of an exciting period in the band’s history.’

    The band also would like to formally announce that Alexandra Kerwin is the new principal cornet player and band manager for The Trusts Waitakere Brass. Following Alex’s appointment the band were sorry to see band stalwart Vaughan McDonald resign but would like to thank Vaughan for his loyal service for the past thirteen years. Vaughan’s son Kurt, who like Ross Gerritsen has also enjoyed solo success winning the U19 Air Varie and also the U19 Slow Melody titles at the recent Auckland Solo and Ensemble Championships, has been moved to the front row.

    Also welcomed to the band are: Judy Stokes on percussion, Steve Taylor on trombone, Fendal Hill on soprano cornet and Antony McElwee on the back row.

    An official announcement of the new solo baritone player will be made in the next few weeks.

    Preparations are in full swing for a trip to Europe next year where the band hope to perform on at least one contest platform and to join forces with several elite British Bands in concert.

    The band can be next heard in concert on August 11th at the Glen Eden Playhouse where they will perform works such as Uranus the Magician from ‘The Planets’ arranged by Stephen Roberts and Trolls Descent into Jotunheimen by Simon Kerwin.

    Alexandra Kerwin
    Band Manager
    The Trusts Waitakere Brass
    July 28th 2005