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Eastern Stars Concert Band N.Z. (Eastern Stars Band Inc) welcomes
beginners to advanced.  Young and old.  
 Auckland New Zealand
Eastern Stars Concert Band went to Matamata Brass Music Festival 20 May 2018
We (the band, conducted by Josh Kirk), received a 'Gold Award' and a trophy for 'Musical Excellence'.
Anga (Euphonium) also took the 'Senior Soloist Trophy' playing 'Benediction' and 'Carnival of Venice'. 

Positive comments made by Barry Cullen (adjudicator): "A well constructed musical programme with good direction and leadership. Well done to the Euphonium Soloist. Clarinet/flutes well done throughout the performance. Some very stylistic playing. Good bass line over the length of the programme. Great focus by players throughout. All pieces played appropriately and with aplomb and style." 

B. Cullen made a few other constructive criticisms which are not included in
this review, but we (the band) will take them on board and continue working
towards ever higher goals.  Josh (conductor) commented, "I am extremely
happy with the band's results at Matamata"   Ross Robertson (Band Patron)
wrote, "Congratulations and best wishes for an outstanding achievement".       
Invercargill (Lithgow, Arr. Thursten) 

Comments: Lively full sound. Lovely blend and balance.
Cohesively played throughout.  

Music starts at 1:20
Benediction (John Stevens).

Comments: Well done to the soloist. Lovely bass line. Some lovely cohesive playing. Lovely solo to finish. Overall a lovely performance. 

​​Suite from Water Music Part I (Alla Hornpipe - Handel. Arr. Vinson). 

 Eastern Stars Video will arrive soon. 

Suite from Water Music Part II (Air - Handel. Arr. Vinson). 

Comments: The dotted quavers followed by the semiquavers were well done. 

Suite from Water Music Part III (Allegro - Handel. Arr. Vinson). 

Comments: Lovely bass line in this. 

​Carnival of Venice. (Benedict. Arr Arban Adapted by Vinson).

Comments: Very tidy start. An excellent performance. 
Good work bass clarinet. 

                                                                                                     Eastern Stars Concert Band 2018 
Invercargill (Lithgow, Arr. Thursten)
These recordings (to your left) are for the convenience of 'Eastern Stars Concert Band' members only.
They may be used to gain more understanding of the music played and recorded at Matamata. Please consider that the quality of the recordings of Eastern Stars (using a device such as a phone) will be low in comparison to these high quality professional recordings made under ideal conditions.

The recordings at Matamata do distort the sound to some degree and cannot be totally relied upon as accurate when doing any careful analysis or comparison.    

These professional recordings will be removed from this site after the Winter Concert: 21st July 2018 at Eastview 7.00 pm 9.00 pm.  Please enjoy practicing these pieces up to that time. 
Benediction (John Stevens). 
Suite from Water Music Part I (Alla Hornpipe - Handel. Arr. Vinson). 
Suite from Water Music Part II (Air - Handel. Arr. Vinson). Starts at 1:17
Suite from Water Music Part III (Allegro - Handel. Arr. Vinson). Starts at 2:31
Carnival of Venice. (Benedict. Arr Arban Adapted by Vinson).
Eastern Stars Concert Band (Cadets/Youth) rehearse on Tuesday evenings. Eastern Stars Concert Band rehearse on Wednesday evenings (7.00 pm) at Pakuranga Intermediate hall during term time.  We perform at least four concerts per year, including Anzac /Autumn, Winter, Spring & Christmas. We also play various Christmas parades (Papatoetoe, Ellerslie, Panmure, Howick Midnight Madness), as well as attending music festivals/competitions (Matamata and/or Nationals). We play at various school galas (Wakaaranga, Elm Park) etc.  We frequently fundraise for disaster victims and involve the community as much as possible by doing playouts at local resthomes. We are based in Pakuranga, Auckland, N. Z. 
   Eastern Stars Concert Band is a family friendly band. We welcome visitors to our rehearsals.