The Jim Carson MBE memorial trophy has been presented at the recent Auckland Regional band contest. Jim Carson MBE was known to bands from all parts of New Zealand not just for his leading role in developing the New Zealand Army Band but for his commitment and vision. National Presence Originally from Palmerston North, ‘Gentleman Jim’ had a truly national presence. His association with Auckland banding stretched over 50 years, beginning with his days as a member of the Auckland Watersiders band. Jim won multiple national championships on the EEb Bass, and including a Champion of Champions. Founder of NZ Army Band But it is as the founder of the New Zealand Army Band that brought this determined musician to the fore. In 1964 he created what is now one of the country’s premier music ensembles. In 2008, the band stopped by his home on Anzac Day to give him a special once only concert. As a further mark of respect the Band’s rehearsal hall has been re-named in his honour.
Steven Booth, MD The Trusts Waitakere Brass. “The Band is especially honoured to be the first name that will appear on the trophy, Jim was a role model for many of us and he is greatly missed.” Last Sunday's Auckland Band Association competition saw 'The Trusts' Waitakere Brass sweep the silverware, winning in all areas of the Traditional and Entertainment sections of competition.