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Deco Bay Brass honour our fallen this November


This Armistice Day, Deco Bay Brass will give the Hastings community an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the Anzac Day that COVID-19 took from us this year, with a moving Remembrance concert to be held at Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre.

Deco Bay Brass spokesperson Teresa Simcox says many sacrifices have been made by many New Zealanders this year, yet they are a mere fraction of the sacrifice and suffering our small nation endured through World War I and II.

“We felt there was a need to give people the space, time and atmosphere of a dawn service (the darkness, the shared breath, the anticipated shimmering of daybreak, the haunting cry of the bugle), but with the beautiful surrounds and comfort of the newly renovated Toitoi Opera House – which also missed out on the long, joyful re-opening season that it justly deserved.”

She says the concert will be an exploration of sound and light, showcasing well-known local artists and music, while also touching on the traditional elements of Anzac Day celebrations, with the Last Post and Reveille to be performed.

“We’ll also pay homage to the musicians of the 1930s, and remind audiences that we should not forget those who fought for our freedoms,” Teresa says.

Featuring renowned New Zealand tenor Patrick Power ONZM, classical artist Dianne Abraham, and local singer-songwriter Wyn Drabble, the Deco Bay Brass Remembrance concert is sure to deliver nostalgic memories and bittersweet goodbyes.

When: Sunday, November 8.

Where: Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre.

Tickets: Adults $20, students/seniors $10. Tickets from the Toitoi Box Office or online at

30 October 2020

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