Jes­sica joins national band

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

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

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