SGT Brian Leslie Mackay EM

Sadly, we have to report the death on 25th January of SGT Brian Leslie Mackay EM at the age of 82, after a long illness stoically borne.  Brian was Drum Major of The Royal NZ Artillery Band from 1975 to 1989, New Zealand Champion Drum Major in 1983, and New Zealand Brass Band Association Chief Drill Judge 1990-1995.  He and his wife Bev had retired to the Kapiti Coast, where Brian spent his last year at Eldon Lodge Rest Home, Paraparaumu.

Brian was one of life’s great characters, a typical imposing Drum Major who was very proud of his role with the Band, and the source of countless colourful stories!  RIP.

We send our warmest condolences to Bev and their family.

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Ryman Healthcare Enlists with RNZAB


Press Release: Ryman Healthcare


Ryman Healthcare enlists with the Royal New Zealand Artillery Band. Two-year deal means residents will hear the best of New Zealand’s oldest band. Ryman Healthcare has signed up to sponsor New Zealand’s most historic band. 


The Band is delighted to report that Ryman Healthcare have extended their sponsorship until 31st March 2023.


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