Marlborough District Brass Band

Denis Teeling Named in National Band

Denis Teeling

Dream come true: Denis Teeling of the Marlborough District Brass Band, here marching in Saturday's Anzac Day parade, has been selected to represent New Zealand at the World Music Contest in The Netherlands this year. Photo SCOTT HAMMOND
Story: Maike van der Heide

Three decades of hard work and a dream he refused to give up on have finally paid off for Blenheim musician Denis Teeling.
Baritone player Mr Teeling found out last week he was one of five Blenheim men selected to represent New Zealand for the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, in July.

The dream of competing with the national band is one he has fostered since secondary school, some 30 years ago. ``I can recall the people from my college who had been in the national band and I really wanted to be part of that,'' he said.
He was a member of the Marlborough District Brass Band from 1980 to 1985, then joined again in 1999 and is still a member today.

Mr Teeling auditioned for a place in the New Zealand band every year from 1995 after changing from cornet to baritone horn, an instrument he said suited him much better and led to this year's success.
He said it was ``absolutely wonderful'' to find out he had been chosen to fill one of the 32 coveted national band seats.
``I'm still buzzing. To be able to wear the silver fern, being selected to represent New Zealand is something to be really proud of.''

Mr Teeling will be accompanied by fellow Marlborough District Brass Band members Mike Ford, on principal horn, Riki McDonnell, principal euphonium, Clyde Dickson, solo cornet and Nick Sharp, principal E-flat bass.
All four have represented New Zealand before.
Mr Teeling said the band would not have much time to prepare together: An intensive training camp on July 3 comes just a week before the competition itself.

Coincidentally, Mr Teeling's success came as his son Sam, 17, was picked to compete at an international big bore shooting meet in Brisbane.
Mr Teeling said he was proud of the joint success he shared with his son.


3rd Placing at 2009 Nationals

Denis Teeling

Marlborough District Brass Band members have again shown their mettle at the national championships, returning from the Napier competition with a string of top placings and an overall third placing for the band.
Band musical director Kevin Moseley said he was stoked with band members' performances, with four returning as national champions in their events.

They are Denis Teeling, judged top senior drum major, Riki McDonnell (senior euphonium category) and juniors Todd Smith, for the under-15 baritone, and Steven Moseley, b-flat bass champion.
Several other band members won second and third placings, as did the band, Mr Moseley said.

"The results this year are even better than last year when we beat the top band at the contest . . . some people might have thought that was a fluke, but we've really consolidated our position at the top of the grade."

The band was second in the major test piece, own choice test and the street march, and had a third in the hymn test before being named third overall in the A grade.
Mr Moseley said just three points separated the top three bands, with first and second place taken by two city-based bands. "I don't have any problem being beaten by those two bands . . . what's really great is to go on to stage to see people rushing to get into the hall to see your band."

Mr Teeling said it felt great to take the title for the first time. "It was important to me because of the drum major I learnt off, Evan Musgrove. I wanted to bring something home to show off to him. He's the one that inspired me at the start."

Other results: Junior section: Letitia Moseley, second in the under-15 baritone competition. Senior section: Rick Cassagrande, second in the E flat bass competition; Graham Moseley, second in the soprano cornet competition; Riki McDonnell, third in the flow melody competition; Mike Ford, third in the horn section competition; Tyme Masters, third in the flugel horn competition.


Year ends on a high note

Kevin Moseley

Author: Angela Crompton
The Marlborough Express
Picture: DEREK FLYNN 158567 The Marlborough Express
Publication Date: 31 Dec 2008

The passion Kevin Moseley holds for brass bands has been identified in the New Year Honours list with the Queen's Service Medal. It is a recognition of his "services to brass bands", but talk to Mr Moseley - musical director of the Marlborough District Brass Band and the National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand - and it is clear his commitment goes way beyond offering mere "services".

He joined the Marlborough District Brass Band when he was seven years old and after working his way to the rank of principal cornet player, took on the role of musical director in 1989. He was 32.

The late Mervyn Waters, former musical director of the Woolston Brass in Christchurch, advised that sharing a passion for music was more important than much of the training he might provide.

Mr Moseley has duly led the Marlborough District Brass Band from a B-grade to an A-grade ranking. In a trans-Tasman competition this year it beat all other New Zealand line-ups, coming second only to a Brisbane band. Marlborough players' commitment to making even the hardest pieces "do-able" makes his role an easier one, he said.

The 30-strong group uncomplainingly attends band practices twice a week for 48 weeks of the year and turns up almost nightly when the band is preparing for a competition.

A "pretty old-fashioned" regime still governs brass bands, Mr Moseley said. "It's sort of that last remnant of high-school cadets, scouts ... they're expected to be at practice on time and listen to me prattle on for two hours, listening to me tell them they are awful!"

Under his three-year tenure conducting and directing the youth band, he directs New Zealand's top brass players aged between 14 and 23. In the Marlborough Brass, players range from 12 to 78.
That creates "a big family".

Mr Moseley's family thinks so, too. Wife Kathy plays percussion and keyboard in the Marlborough band, daughter Nicola is one of its tenor horn players and sister Julia, a past cornet player in the band, is now in England and fills vacant spaces for top European bands. Mr Moseley regards his Queen's Service Medal as an honour to share with his immediate family, the bands he directs and the whole community.

"The medal is for what the band does for the community."


Band celebrates with theatre bash

Todd and Dave

Band celebrates with theatre bash Author: Lucy Johnston
The Marlborough Express
Photo Christine Cornege 151852
The Marlborough Express
Publication Date: 28 Aug 2008

Our band is having a bash.
For Dave Beaumont, in his 62nd year in the Marlborough District Brass Band, it has special significance. In all his band years nothing has topped the band's win at the national competition held in Christchurch last month.
Mr Beaumont is the band's longest-serving member. Twelve-year-old Todd Smith is its newest. Todd, who plays baritone, moved to Marlborough a few weeks ago from Pahiatua, near Palmerston North.
Mr Beaumont said the youngsters in the award- winning band did not "have any inkling" of the significance of the band's success.
For someone who had seen the group change and evolve for more than half a century it was quite a different story. "When I joined the band there were no girls."
He said the band played less demanding music at the races, rugby and for the marching girls. "Thank goodness that's finished."

Mr Beaumont met the Moseley family at a dance in Redwoodtown. "They said we have a little boy who wants to play the cornet so I packed up a spare cornet and took it out to Tuamarina. "That was the beginning of the Moseley story."

Several Moseley family members are still in the band and that little boy is now the proud musical director.

Kevin Moseley said this concert was an opportunity for his band to show off and feature several soloists, including young Todd. From Mozart to Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, the repertoire is wide.


Civic reception for country's top band

Civic Reception

Author: Lucy Johnston The Marlborough Express
Photo Derek Flynn 149776 The Marlborough Express
Publication Date: 23 Jul 2008

In his 41 years as part of the Marlborough District Brass Band musical director Kevin Moseley has learnt a lot about camaraderie, discipline and musicianship, he told band members and public at a reception held in council chambers.

The reception was held last night to recognise the contribution the band makes to Marlborough and celebrate its success at the New Zealand Brass Band Championships held in Christchurch during the school holidays.

The band came second overall and were New Zealand's top band. An Australian band Brisbane Excelsior came first.

Mayor Alistair Sowman congratulated the band and presented them with a certificate. Mr Moseley said the band's journey had been long.
"It's not just about what happened this year. For me it started in 1967 when I joined the band. There are guys whose journey started way before then."
"It was Dave Beaumont's sixtieth contest."
"It's great to have him still playing in the band, he must have seen it go up and down in standard." Ron Wass and Ian Gifford had also been in the band since the 1950s.

"Some of the younger members don't realise what we've achieved, but those guys have seen the band evolve," Mr Moseley said. He thanked the council for supporting the band.
"Not every community has that, we are a very lucky band."
"I'm really proud to be part of this community."
The current band had put in an "amazing effort" which Mr Moseley said he really appreciated.

The band had been invited to five different contests next year in New Zealand and Australia.
While it would be impossible to attend them all, Mr Moseley said he was excited people recognised the quality of the band and wanted them to compete.
As well as the band's success many individual members were also doing extremely well, Mr Moseley said.
He rattled off a long list of accolades, including Riki McDonnell's win in the New Zealand Euphonium championship and Mike Ford winning the tenor horn champion title.


2008 Contest Recordings and Results

2008 Test, Hymn and Own Choice recordings
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Ballet for Band
Reflections In Nature


Champion Marching Band

MDBB Marching






Drum Major Ron Abelson marched in front of the winning A Grade Marching Band on the North Shore on Saturday 7th July 2007.

Another successful Nationals for the Marlborough Band has seen several first places, as well as numerous other placings in the individual and ensemble events.

National titles went to Mike Ford (Open Tenor Horn) Hannah Cunningham Marching Style(Junior Tenor Horn), Dave Mallet (Open Baritone), Erynne Scherf, Hannah Cunningham, David Moseley and Matt Patchett (Junior Quartet), Riki McDonnell (Open Slow Melody) Steven Moseley (Bb Bass), Ron Abelson (Champion Drum Major) and last but not least Kathy Moseley (Accompanist of the Year - well over due this was!!)

This is the list of first place getters. In my estimation of things, anyone who started in a solo or ensemble event is a champion!!


Harcourts Fund Raising night a real winner

The "Colonel" and his team at Harcourts Blenheim hosted a fundraiser which included an auction and an evening with the award winning author Allan Pease.

All of the auctioned items were donated by local businesses and the auction was led by John Davis and Kevin Moseley.
Both an entertaining and thoroughly humbling evening was enjoyed by an almost full house.
Almost $30 000 was raised during the evening, a result which left Kevin speechless, and for those that know Kevin, this was a feat in itself.

The band was overwhelmed by the generosity of our local community

The Kerwins

The Kerwins

Image Supplied by The Marlborough Express

March 2007 has seen the departure of the Kerwin family from Marlborough and New Zealand, in what can only be described as a huge loss for music in New Zealand on so many levels

Not only have we lost world class players, but a composer, teacher, administrator and a wonderful family.

We wish the Kerwins good luck and much happiness where ever they end up.

The kids

NZ Youth Band

Image Supplied by The Marlborough Express

The National Youth Brass Band for 2007 was announced this weekend. 4 players from Marlborough District Brass were selected. David Moseley on 2nd Cornet, Stephen Moseley on Bass (BB), Aimee Beaumont on Percussion and Erynne Scherf on Flugel. Both Aimee and David have been selected previously, but for Erynne and Stephen this is their first.

Graham Alistair and John

Two New Life Members Appointed

by Janie Stewart, The Marlborough Express.

Years spent devoted to music have earned recognition for Graham Moseley and John White.
The two men were awarded life membership of the Marlborough District Brass Band at its annual general meeting, a position which has to be voted on by the band committee.

Despite their long service, neither saw the accolade coming. It's one of the things that sits at the back of your mind but you don't expect it until it happens. It's certainly a great honour, when I think of some of the people who have been given the honour in the past,says Graham.

John was likewise surprised by the event, although he had a feeling something was going on when he arrived at the meeting. The thing that gave it away a bit was my mum turning up. She never goes to AGMs.

Both men were delighted the life membership badge still said Blenheim Municipal Brass Band, which was what the band was called when they joined. John says people awarded life membership have usually played a crucial role in performance and management outside of playing, a criteria both he and Graham fit.

Both men praised the family atmosphere of the band and the great people they have had around them as they climbed through its ranks.


Marlborough District Brass Band concert

Reviewed by Tessa Parker

Variety Band BoxThe Variety Bandbox concert by the Marlborough District Brass Band was a potpourri of musical entertainment. It was more like Pandora's Box, because you never really knew what was coming next and it was certainly full of surprises!

From the opening curtain, we were enthralled with swirling mists, a caped Phantom of the Opera playing on a wonderfully constructed organ, smoothly moving staging, subtle lighting and classy dressing by the band, redolent of times gone by when women reveled in the femininity of ball gowns and men looked equally grand in tails and bow ties. It was a great opening!

Conductor Kevin Moseley said this concert was like getting married, with something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new. There was something new in the introduction of four sopranos who sang along with the band at times, adding another dimension to much of the music. The sopranos were Hillary Ellena, Brenda Davey, Pat Parkinson and Neroli Vallance.

From good old band classics to a delightful Strauss cocktail, a hauntingly beautiful rendition of Annie Laurie, by Riki MacDonnell, turned into a beautiful instrumental duet when Kevin joined in and the Marlborough Girls' and Boys' college choirs stirred our musical senses with their singing. It is always great to see young ones in the band and the choirs.

Other young ones performing were Hugh Mack on violin and Sam Logan on guitar, playing a superb accompaniment for Jacinta Nott as she sang a lovely arrangement of Over the Rainbow.

Variety abounded with Borodin's Polostvian Dances, Tales of Hoffman, Ravel's Bolero, bagpipes and humorous situations played to the max, but always spot on and never missing a musical beat, so to speak. Even a change of conductor as Nicola Moynihan took over her father's baton, while he sang along with several others in a My Fair Lady medley.

One can truly say there was an abundance of flair, fun and fine playing. But space doesn't allow a mention of everything and everyone. Suffice to day, it was a concert to delight one and all and those who were unable to attend missed out on a very special musical treat.


ANZAC Concert a WINNER!!!

ANZACFrom beginning to end the Marlborough District Brass Band ANZAC Concert at the Marlborough Centre was an event of sheer enjoyment, and the theatre was nearly full on each of the performances, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

The vibrant musicality of the Band under the leadership and baton of Kevin Moseley extended through a varied and classy programme. There was something for everyone!! From rousing well known marches, to the haunting music of Rimsky Korsakov’s “Scheherezade”….and from the lovely pure notes of the soprano horn played by guest soloist Alexandra Kerwin to the fun duet of Cole Porter’s ‘Well did you evah” played by Ron Abelson and Jeff Mulraney…….

Then there was another duet… Robin Randall and Kevin Moseley no less!
This took us all by surprise, with Kevin showing musical ability in all spheres, - now singing, as well as instrumental playing and conducting!

Robin Randall performed a vocal solo with sophistication and pizzazz!....and Peter Bargh tickled our fancies with paper magic.

There was no end to the variety……the band played a number “Cartoon Music” that set us all back in our seats, because of its complexity, and fun, and it was amazing how they created so many sound effects.

Why Sailors AAAARRRRR  why they aaaaaaRRRRRR

A beautiful rendition of “Song of Hope” by soloist Alexandra Kerwin, brought a tear to one’s eye, but then, followed by the rousing and thrilling “Battle of Trafalgar” it was all excitement, explosions and gunfire!

Three Moseleys, Graham, David and Kevin, played a rousing number, Gavin Stead and Pam Logan compered the evening, and as the concert drew to a close, the band sang “The day thou gavest” quietly and gently harmonious, a lovely touch indeed.

One cannot do written justice to this evening of musical pleasure, as the band stirred our emotions at every turn. We thank all of you who brought us such joy in your music!

Tessa Parker.