Newspaper Article 1995 – Former big band drummer dies, 79

Former big band drummer dies,79

Kenneth William Horsefield, who developed a passion for drumming and played with many Hawke’s Bay big bands, died on Sunday. He was 79.

Mr Horsefield played in an era in the 1930s and 1940s when band members wore tuxedos and bow ties, with bands led by Les Henry, Lew Munroe and later Les Culver and Bill McCarthy.

Born and educated in Hastings, Mr Horsefield began work as a freezing worker at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Meat Company at Whakatu.

During the Second World War he served in Fiji with the 29th Battalion. He was for a period projectionist at the cosy [Cosy] theatre in Hastings which later became the Embassy.

He married Rena Wright from Taradale, in 1941.

Mr Horsefield continued to play drums with bands through to the late 1970s.

His funeral will be held tomorrow.

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17 January 1995


  • Les Culver
  • Les Henry
  • Kenneth William Horsefield
  • Bill McCarthy
  • Lew Munroe
  • Rena Wright

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