Porirua band top street marchers

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Trust Porirua City Brass re­turned from the re­cent na­tional cham­pi­onships in Auck­land with a top plac­ing in the street march event.

About 30 bands from through­out Aus­trala­sia took part in the five-day con­test, which in­cluded on-stage per­for­mances of ‘‘test’’, ‘‘own choice’’ and ‘‘ sa­cred items’’ at the Bruce Ma­son Cen­tre.

There was also a street march through North Shore, and solo and party events, which tested the abil­ity of in­di­vid­ual play­ers.

Trust Porirua City Brass, which com­petes in the B-grade section, won the street march and fin­ished fourth over­all in band events.

Band chair­man Ge­off War­ren says this puts them in the top 15 bands in Aus­trala­sia and is a great achieve­ment for the group which can boast that 30 per cent of its mem­bers are un­der 25 and lo­cally taught.

Some of the high­lights by Porirua City Brass soloists in Auck­land were: Ni­cholas Gar­rett and Tim Daw­son – first, ju­nior duet; Ta­mara Wetere – first, ju­nior per­cus­sion and ju­nior cham­pion of cham­pi­ons; Sam Wat­son – third, un­der-15 group; An­dre Brown – first, un­der-15 per­cus­sion; Kelvin Paris – first, over-75 section.

Porirua City Brass has a heavy play­ing sched­ule over the next three months with two con­certs in the Welling­ton Town Hall dur­ing the Rugby World Cup, a con­cert with in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed soloist Brett Baker on Novem­ber 19 at the Sal­va­tion Army Ci­tadel Welling­ton, and a Welling­ton District Brass Band con­test on Sunday, Septem­ber 18 in Up­per Hutt.

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