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The Air Force in Concert - 75th Anniversary Tour


Fri 17 Feb 2012, 12:00pm–1:00pm

Where: Napier Municipal Theatre, 119 Tennyson St, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $12.00
  • Child: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: afband

To celebrate its 75th Anniversary the Central Band of the RNZAF will tour across the centre of the North Island performing concerts for school children and the general public. Audiences in Wanganui, Palmerston North, Dannevirke, Waipukurau, Napier and Wairoa will experience the unique sound and sight of this 60 piece military band. The final concert in Wairoa is a free outdoor event.

In 1937 the band first paraded for the Coronation of King George the 6th, then shortly after for the opening of the Wellington Railway Station. It has performed to thousands of people over the years including as a full time band during World War two when it toured Australia and the Pacific Islands. The band continues to play an important role in Wellington at State ceremonies and military services and occasions, including the formal Opening of Parliament.

The performances on this tour, by New Zealand’s largest professional symphonic band, will be packed with "something for everyone". It will be a spectacular occasion with bagpipes, vocalists, brass, saxophones, woodwind and drummers. The music performed will range from classics and traditional to jazz and modern hits, from Bach to Glenn Miller!

The concerts will also pay a tribute to those who have served in the military. "The tradition of a military band can evoke memories and remembrances for past servicemen and women, and their families" said the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s Director of Music, Squadron Leader Owen Clarke.

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