Christian blows them away
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 the cornet since age 11, was asked to do the solo at the last minute and only had 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 the past 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, which also saw the band win 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 Star Wars and a young boy from the audience was brought on stage and given a Darth Vader mask to wear.
It was also Mr Baker’s first competition with the band and he says members are doing well and responding positively to his direction.
“They played with a lot of enthusiasm and focus.”
He encourages members to see competitions as performance opportunities and play their best.
Super soloist: Christian Mausia, 17, won most outstanding soloist for his cornet playing.