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Civic brass band ready for marathon

A 24-hour music extravaganza this weekend is to raise funds for the Gisborne Civic Brass Band.

The Band-A-Thon, involving around 60 musicians, is at the Band Room, 200 Childers Road, from 2pm Saturday to 2pm Sunday.

“It's about bringing everyone together — all the brass musicians, the learners and everyone affiliated with the Band Room,” Gisborne Civic Brass Band director Chris Reynolds said.

Musicians will take turns around the clock and are seeking sponsorship from family, friends and the community for the hours they perform.

The public are invited to the final four hours of the inaugural event.

For a gold coin donation on Sunday between 10am and midday, members of the public can try their hand at an instrument and enjoy a bite to eat. The last two hours of the Band-A-Thon (midday to 2pm) will be a finale concert for a gold coin donation.

Chris said the final two hours would feature the auxiliary band, some solos, some duets — “whatever people have put together over the 24 hours”.

“We're trying to show what bands can do, the morale of the band and the enjoyment that can be had over a long job like this.”

Funds raised will go to getting senior brass members to a regional contest in September, as well as new uniforms and helping towards the costs of the Band Room.

Chris said he knew of around six band members who would play for the full 24 hours but most would take part in stages.

Adult supervision for the duration of the event means participants can catch 40 winks in between their sets.

■ To sponsor a player, or make a donation to Gisborne Civic Brass Band e-mail GCBB secretary Thea Botting at gisbornecivicbrassband@gmail.com

ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK: For 24 hours from 2pm on Saturday, Gisborne Civic Brass Band is holding a Band-A-Thon fundraiser at the Band Room in Childers Road. They encourage the public to come down for the last four hours on the Sunday and help them get across the finish line. Getting in some practice before the event were, from left, Chris Reynolds, Carolyn Carpendale, Tanay Goldsbury, Brandon Reynolds, Tama Jones and Wayne Carpendale. Picture by Paul Rickard