Sunday Bandstand 8 April 2018

Sunday Bandstand 8 April 2018

Norman Goffin of New Zealand started playing the cornet at age seven in the Foxton Salvation Army Band. By the age of fifteen he was conducting. Before settling in Christchurch he featured as a soloist and played for a number of Salvation Army bands around the country. He conducted the Christchurch Citadel Band for eight years prior to sailing with the 2NZEF in 1940 as deputy conductor of 20th Battalion Band, and later the 4th Brigade Band, in association with his younger brother Dean, later to become Salvation Army Commissioner Sir Dean Goffin.

Norm became a prominent member of the Woolston Band (Life Member). By the time he left the Woolston Band he had had great success as a cornet soloist and duettist.

In 1953 he was transferred to Wellington with the Shell Company. Also in that year he was chosen to tour with the 1953 National Band of New Zealand. It was when this triumphant band returned home later that Norm took over the Tramways Band which had just won the `C’ Grade Title. Regular radio broadcasts and regular contesting saw the band improve at a rapid pace under his musical direction. After five second places in the `B’ Grade the band finally won the `B’ Grade in 1965. The band went on to win the `A’ Grade title in 1969 and 1981. As well as these National titles the band won the Provincial Title most years that Norm conducted the band.

During the period Norm was conducting the band he was for a time a member of the Wellington Regional Orchestra. He was also on the `Call List’ for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as a trumpet player. He also found time to tour and play in the 1962 National Band and was deputy conductor on the 1974 National Band’s tour to the United States and Canada . In 1970 and 1971 he conducted New Zealand ’s first National Youth Bands, something he really enjoyed.

Norm was also a very keen singer being in a church choir for many years. Following his retirement as conductor of the band he sang bass with the acclaimed Orpheus Choir for nine years.  He maintained his membership (all members being subject to regular re-auditioning) until 1992 when in his eighty- first year.

Norm was a tireless worker for the training of young musicians for brass bands. He was always very encouraging and supportive of all amateur musicians and gave generously of his time.

In 1980 after seventy years as a player, conductor and administrator he was awarded the Queens Service Order for services to the brass band movement.  An award he richly deserved.

Probably more than any other conductor Norm’s tenure as conductor over a thirty year period has had the greatest impact on the band. Under his direction the band was held in high regard both locally and nationally. He was always a popular conductor and, with his wide musical experience, had the respect of all players over this successful period.

Norman conducts the Wellington Municipal Fire Brigade Band to close this week's show.



Playlist 8 April 2018

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010
Royal Tiger March - Harold Moss Leyland Band MD: Russell Gray - 2006
Benvenuto Cellini - Hector Berlioz arr: Frank Wright Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Geoffrey Brand - 1971
Send In The Clowns - Stephen Sondheim arr: Adam Taylor  Cornet Soloist Jim Hayes with the Cooperative Funeral Care Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2013
Deliverance - Philip Catelinet  Cornet Duet Keith Hutchinson and Richard Martin with the Enfield Citadel Band of Salvation Army BM: James Williams - 1977
Morgenblätter op. 279 - Johann Strauss II Munn and Felton's (Footwear) Band MD: Stanley Boddington - 1961
Festival March Abundance - Marcus Venables  Hannaford Street Silver Band (Canada) MD: Not Known
Variations on a Theme (Mermaids Song) from Oberon - Carl Maria Von Weber arr: Alexander Owen  Cornet Soloist James Shepherd with the Besses O'th Barn Band MD: Elgar Howarth - Live recording at the Royal Albert Hall Festival Concert - 1983
Fetes - Claude Debussy - arr: Thomas Wyss Massed bands of CWS Glasgow, Desford Colliery Dowty, Britannia Building Society, Cory & Grimethorpe Colliery GMD: Howard Snell - 1988
Tancredi - Overture - Rossini Arr: William Rimmer Brighouse and Rastrick MD: Derek Broadbent - 1989
Spanish Impressions - No. 4. Santiago di Compostella - Rodney Newton Williams Fairey Band MD: James Gourlay - 1997
Galop from the musical comedy Moscow, Cheryomushki - Dmitri Shostakovich - arr: Gary Westwood Leyland Band MD: Russell Gray - 2006
The Light Fantastic - Paul Lovatt-Cooper European Youth Brass Band MD: Erik Janssen - 2016
Poet and Peasant - Franz von Suppe Massed bands of Foden's Motor Works, Fairey Aviation and Morris Motors MD: Harry Mortimer - 1957
Fantasy for Euphonium - Philip Sparke  (January 1979) Euphonium Soloist Ian Craddock with the Band of the Yorkshire Metals MD: Denis Carr - 1979
March Centaur - Derek Broadbent Brass Band Schoonhoven (The Netherlands)  MD: Erik Janssen - 1996
Partita - 3rd mvt Canzona and the 4th  mvt Rondo - Wilfred Heaton  Black Dyke Band MD: Professor Nicholas Childs -2002
Granada - Austin Lara  arr: Mark Freeh Cornet Soloist Jim Hayes with the Cooperative Funeral Care Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2013
Mischievous Spirit -  Gabriel Major-Marothy Hannaford Street Silver Band (Canada) MD:  Raymond Tizzard
Victoria March - Alexander Lithgow Wellington Municipal Fire Brigade Band MD: Norman Goffin - 1968
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010

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