Waitakere City Council’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Penny Hulse, was the guest of honour at the Band’s open rehearsal on 4 July.
The wild weather did not deter the invited audience as Cr Hulse officially wished the Band every success at the 2010 New Zealand National Championships in Dunedin from 7-10 July.
The open rehearsal was well attended by the Band’s extended family, including life members, friends of the bands, and players who weren’t able to attend the contest.
A special guest was Toni Swan, long time supporter of the Band, who was presented with flowers and a thank you card by Cr Hulse, in recognition of her recent donation to the Band’s building fund.
The Band treated Toni to a long overdue rendition of Happy Birthday, led by Fendall Hill on the soprano cornet. Toni had been promised a verse several years ago and was delighted to finally have her wish come true.