Jessica joins national band
An hour’s practice every day on the flugelhorn has paid off for Jessica Schweizer now that she has been selected to play in the New Zealand Secondary School Band.
After sending through audition tapes, Jessica was chosen along with 30 other musicians from around New Zealand to go to Nelson and play with the band over the next week.
She leaves tomorrow and will perform at a concert and a church, and tour primary schools with the band.
‘‘It is going to be a great experience – and I have never been on a plane, so it is very exciting,’’ Jessica said.
‘‘There will be a lot of really great tutors there that we can learn from as well.’’ The 15 year old has been playing the flugelhorn for five years and is a member of the Matamata Brass Band. She is already playing at a grade six level and plans to continue learning for a while yet.
In July, the Matamata community supported Jessica by fundraising for a new flugelhorn before she performed in the Brass Band Nationals in Auckland where she completed a solo.
‘‘It really was amazing. I had a rickety old horn but now I have a good one. I want to thank all those in the Matamata community who helped fundraise for my new horn and my tutor Robin Jobe for what she has done for me,’’ she said. Christian Ministries With Disabled Trust will hold its 30th camp at Totara Springs from October 21 to October 24.
The camp is an annual event for people from New Zealand as well as people from overseas who are both able bodied or challenged by a disability.
Participants attend the camp to support and help one another, as well as share their love and faith in Jesus Christ.
The camp would not be able to run without volunteers such as Ngaio Greeves, 14, who has been attending camps at Totara Springs since she was nine years old.
This will be her second time volunteering.
Ngaio believed the camp was a good way for campers to experience some normality and enjoy themselves in a safe environment.
‘‘In the real world they get treated differently to us but at camp everyone gets treated as equals.
‘‘Volunteering at the camp also keeps me out of trouble and it’s nice to know I’m doing