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Eastern Stars Concert Band N.Z. (Eastern Stars Band Inc) welcomes
beginners to advanced.  Young and old.  
 Auckland New Zealand
What might a new beginner expect when they join the band? 
This section is still in development. 

2018: Barrie is starting a new learner group in the Pakuranga Intermediate School Hall at 5.30 - 6.45pm on Wednesday evening Feb.14th. New learners are invited to attend at this introduction class where he will be demonstrating various instruments. Contact Barrie (Ph 021 722 171) to find out when the next group starts or if you can join an existing group. 

Visitors are always welcome. Barrie Turner is the Conductor/Tutor/Musical Director.  Getting young musicians started is one of his special gifts.  
New beginners use a book called "Essential Elements" for Band Book 1.  The books offer a beginning students sound 'pedagogy' (the discipline that deals with the theory and practice of education) and engaging music, all carefully paced to successfully start young players on their musical journey.  The books help to develop total musicianship, even at the beginning stages.
Barrie, supplies the books at a small cost to the students. There is a different book for each instrument in the band.   The books start by explaining exactly how to hold the instrument and how to read very basic music. The books make it easy for the students to practice at home as there is a CD to play along to. The band plays the first pieces in the book in unison (everyone plays the same part to a steady beat) which allows the students to get used to playing in time to a conductor whilst gaining skill and  confidence.  All very easy at the beginning counting 1,2,3,4. etc.   Each week they learn one or two new notes and the rythyms become slightly more complex and after a few weeks the group is able to perform.  The experience is generally very enjoyable, and the group is not too large or too small (generally about 5 - 10 students).
When will the next learner group will be starting? The first part of 2019. Ph 021 722 171
( Please make contact  with Barrie using the contact page if you are interested) . 
Can You Learn to Play an Instrument on the other side of 30 or 40 or even 50?  
Yes you can!  Adults have to practice regularly to keep up with the young students who seem to learn effortlesly and seem to play and learn without a worry, but it can be done.   Adults have some advantages in that they have a life time of music listening experience behind them.   Learning an instrument can be a great way to reduce stress after work, and trains the brain as you get older. Adults can also be more analytical than the young learners but even that can be an advantage.    
Some adults learnt piano as a child but never got very far or did not enjoy it. They may enjoy learning a new instrument now because they choose to learn now rather than being forced to learn by parents.   They can also sit in with their own children who learn alongside them creating a great family activity. 
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.