At the recent AGM, 24 June 2021, the band voted to award a new life membership to Dr. Errol Moore.
Errol joined the Band in 1990. Set out below is a summary of his wide-ranging contribution to the Band since then.
As one of New Zealand’s top Euphonium players representing St Kilda in winning National Solo Championships in 1993 and 1994 and as a member of National Bands of New Zealand in 1995 and 2003.
Providing considerable artistic support to Peter Adams in the early 1990s as a rehearsal conductor and in coaching individual players and sections in a period of significant contest success for the Band. Also willingly acting as a ‘fill-in’ conductor whenever asked in a variety of circumstances over the past 31 years.
As Musical Director from 1996 to 1998 guiding the Band to placings in New Zealand A Grade Championship events and stepping in again in 2021.
As a committee member through the mid-1990s and as Chairman of the Band in 2014/2015.
As a willing and reliable contributor of time and effort to a myriad of non-musical tasks.
As a willing participant in fund raising efforts with such organisations as DCC and Community Trust of Otago.
As a tutor working with promising young Band members both in a professional and a voluntary capacity.
Establishing and running “All Brass Class” which currently has around 30 learners across all brass genres. Two players from this programme joined the Band in 2020; both of whom were selected for the National Secondary Schools Band.
Congratulations Errol – let this fuel the fire for another 30 odd years.
Goodbye 2020 and welcome 2021 and the chance the perform!
The Saints have lined up an exciting start to the New Year making up for the cancelled events in 2020. We start the year with something different:
“The Rat Pack Gig”
The Saints will join up with guitar, piano, dancers, and singers to provide cool entertainment at the Dunedin Town Hall on the February 12. The event is to support the Otago Medical Research Foundation.
April 17-18 Dunedin will hold the annual Art Festival and the The Saints will be involved in street art music for:
“The Java Dance Gig”
What’s happening in the band room?
This year our conductors’ team will include Kenneth Young (Leading NZ conductor and composer, and current Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago), he will lead St Kilda in the Otago / SouthlandProvincial contest,April 10-11 in Invercargill.
Associate Professor Peter Adams will make a welcome return to lead the Rat Pack Gig.
They will be supported by Dr. Errol Moore in what is shaping up to be an impressive triumvirate of musical leadership.
This year we are inviting new and returning students to join St Kilda Brass, the premiere Brass Band in Dunedin and the only A grade Brass Band in NZ to have retained it’s A grade status since its inception ….The Saints.
We also invite any current or new Dunedin based Brass and Percussion players wishing to play at an A grade level to please get in touch
We offer top quality Instruments and tuition to fully develop your playing and have an exciting and interesting year of new music making to look forward to.
Do you look good in red? Perhaps you see yourself as virtuous? Sounds like you need to be a Saint, just sayin’.
St Kilda Brass have a newly appointed musical director, Shane Foster and we’re excited about the new phase for the band. We’d love for anyone with aspirations to be a Saint (or just join us to play) to contact us and let us know.