Jaques brothers reunite

Brian Jaques next to his piano accordion

The Jaques Band made up of three brothers who have played together for 65 years came together last Sunday for an afternoon performance in front of 100 people featuring old-time tunes of rock and roll, dance and sing-along.

Bill, Brian and Reg Jaques who are now all in their eighties showed age was no barrier as they took the stage at the Kaiwaka Sports Complex on Sunday.

“Over 100 people turned up there was lots of dancing, singing and old friends catching up. The mystery box auction went really well and raised over $1,000,” said Kaiwaka Sports Association manager, Cheryl Anderson. 

All born in Kaiwaka the brothers started the band in 1950 while in their Teens — Reg played the tenor banjo, Brian the piano accordion and Bill, the piano. 

Over the years the band increased in numbers and were in high demand often playing at dances three times a week.

“We played for dances two or three nights a week in the early years all over the north between Auckland and north of Whangarei, but mostly in the local areas such as Warkworth, Wellsford, Mangawhai, Hakaru, Kaiwaka, Tomarata, Maungaturoto, Marohemo, Paparoa and Waipu,” said Brian.

“Tobaccolands Hall (originally a drying shed for tobacco in Tomarata) and Hakaru were among the most memorable performances. In some cases we played for a couple’s wedding dance and then in later years played for their kid’s wedding.”

The last performance for the Jaques Band was in July 2016 for the Whangarei Old Time Ball, an event they have played at for the last 16 years.

Although they don’t entertain much together these days, Reg now plays the organ, Brian the electronic piano accordion, and Bill an electronic piano.


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