Air Force band steps up for Annual tour

The Air Force Band
The Royal New Zealand Air Force Band (WN09-0047-01)

12 February 2009

The 65 members of the Central Band of the Royal New Zealand Air Force will be winging their way through the heart of the North Island, presenting school and public concerts, street parades and workshops during their annual tour, between 16 – 22 February.

Residents in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Taupo and the Hawkes Bay will get a rare opportunity to see New Zealand’s largest professional symphonic band in concert.

The concerts will be jam-packed with something for everyone, with musical variety ranging from the classics to modern hits, from Tchaikovsky to ABBA.  Guest vocalists include singers Bella Kalolo and Stephanie Paris.

"Prices have been kept as low as possible to attract a large and varied audience,” said the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Director of Music, Squadron Leader Owen Clarke.

Schools around the regions will also have the chance to see the band perform special concerts for them during the tour.

“The children love seeing and hearing the different instruments, especially the saxophones and of course the drums!” says SQNLDR Clarke.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for student/child.

The tour itinerary includes the following concerts:

Mon 16 Feb 11.00 am Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
Book at the Bruce Mason Centre – Tickets only $3

Tue 17 Feb 7.30 pm Founders Theatre, Hamilton          
TICKETDIRECT 0800 224 224

Wed 18 Feb 7.30 pm Civic Theatre, Rotorua
TICKETMASTER 0800 111 999

Fri 20 Feb 7.30 pm Great Lakes Centre, Taupo
TICKETEK (07) 377 1207.

Sun 22 Feb 12.30 pm Hawke’s Bay Opera House, Hastings

TICKETDIRECT (06) 873 8969 or 0800 224 224


For more information please contact Anna Sussmilch, Defence Communications Group on 04 496 0286 or 021 676 338.

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