Army band reschedules concerts

The New Zealand Army Band has rescheduled its Invercargill and Stewart Island concerts to next month after a change in Covid-19 alert levels on Sunday.

THE New Zealand Army Band may not have performed in the south this week due to a shift in Covid-19 alert levels, but it has rescheduled its concerts to next month.

Lance Corporal Georgia Hoy said the band, which includes an Invercargill-born player and a former Southern Institute of Technology tutor, would now perform at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill on April 14.

The band would then travel to Stewart Island to play at a charity dinner on April 17 and a public concert at the Stewart Island Community Centre on April 18.

It would be the first time the band had performed in Stewart Island, she said.

The band came to national and worldwide attention last year when it posted performances where band members filmed songs from their lockdown locations.

“We received more than 2 million views all up,” Hoy said.

After lockdown ended, the band performed a free concert at the Christchurch Town Hall which was “sold out”.

It was then the chief of the army announced the band could go on a nationwide tour visiting smaller centres throughout New Zealand in its Heartland tour, Hoy said.

The army band was the public relations arm of the New Zealand Defence Force and had performed at Gallipoli, taken part in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and was supposed to be performing at a changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace last year until Covid-19 scuppered those plans, she said.

The band also played at charity events and it was soon to take on a new task with members to provide security at Managed Isolation Quarantine facilities.