Chris­tian’s cor­net puts City Brass in lead­er­ship spot

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Janie Smith

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.

Photo JA­SON OXENHAM

Su­per soloist: Chris­tian Mau­sia, 17, won most out­stand­ing soloist for his cor­net play­ing.

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