Christian’s cornet puts City Brass in leadership spot
Musician Christian Mausia may play a piece called The Lazy Trumpeter, but he’s no slouch with a cornet.
The 17-year-old Auckland City Brass member was recently named most outstanding soloist at the Matamata Brass Festival of Music.
Christian, who has played cornet since he was 11, was called on to do the solo with only two weeks to prepare.
Although it was his first competition with the band, he wasn’t nervous. “I’m just used to it.” He was surprised to
win the award, having only joined the band this year after living in Tonga for 12 years.
The Three Kings teen was the lead cornet for his school band in Tonga and also plays the guitar.
Band conductor and music director Jonathan Baker was pleased with the competition results. The band won the hymn trophy, gold award and most entertaining programme.
“We are definitely heading in the right direction and kids like Christian are a pleasure to help and guide. He is one of the shining lights in the band.” The band’s competition programme included the Imperial March from the movie Star Wars and a young boy from the audience was brought on stage and dressed in a Darth Vader mask.
It was also Mr Baker’s first competition with the band and he says members are doing well and responding positively to his direction.
“The band played with a lot of enthusiasm and focus.”
He encourages members to look at competitions as performance opportunities and to play their best.
Super soloist: Christian Mausia, 17, won most outstanding soloist for his cornet playing.