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CELEBRATION: Clockwise from top, Graham Trail, Dianne Evans and Anthony Derrick are looking forward to their anniversary concert. Times photo Chris Harrowell.

• Howick and Pakuranga Times

WHEN they aren’t busy entertaining audiences, a band’s members spend their time fixing people’s pets, improving eyesight and repairing home wiring.

The Manukau Concert Band’s (MCB) ranks are filled with people who work as electricians, optometrists, a small animal vet and a food technologist, among many vocations.

They all have day jobs, but a shared passion unites them in the common goal of performing quality music for audiences across the country.

The band is turning 40 this year and is throwing a massive party to celebrate.

It’s inviting former members and the public to a special concert on October 2 to commemorate the milestone. The band has already had a year to remember.

Led by conductor and musical director Kathleen Mulligan, its 45 members earned multiple gold medals at the National Band Concert Festival in New Plymouth in August.

Many of the players are from East Auckland, including Graham Trail, who works as a small animal vet in Bucklands Beach and serves as band president.

The 50-year-old has been involved for eight years and joined because he loves to perform with other people.

“It’s great to be able to play with a band of talented musicians,” he told the Times.

“The music we play is challenging, so that is a challenge for us. We rehearse every Tuesday night, and most of us would say it’s the highlight of our week.

“It’s an opportunity to escape the real world and get away from our day jobs.”

The band now rehearses in the auditorium at Ormiston Senior College in Flat Bush, having practised previously at Manurewa High School.


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