Porirua band top street marchers
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.