Mu­si­cians bold as brass at fes­ti­val of mu­sic

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Hun­dreds of peo­ple turned out to sup­port the Mata­mata Brass Band on Sun­day as they took to the stage in the an­nual Mata­mata Brass Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic.

Seven bands from across Waikato and Auck­land com­peted on the day, with Mata­mata Brass and the Waikato Youth Sym­phonic jointly win­ning Most En­ter­tain­ing Band.

Mata­mata Brass also won the cov­eted Pohlen Cup for D grade hymn and band mem­ber Jessica Sch­weizer was awarded the Ju­nior Soloist Cup.

Band man­ager Mem­o­rie Brooky said they were re­ally pleased with the amount of peo­ple en­joy­ing the mu­sic on the day.

‘‘ We saw a lot of new lo­cals who hadn’t been be­fore, come along to watch which was quite cool,’’ she said.

The stan­dard of the bands over­all was the high­est it had been in re­cent years, she said.

‘‘We were stoked to have so many Auck­land bands travel down this year.’’

Mata­mata Brass would like to thank the Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata for pitch­ing in to help things run smoothly.

Beau­ti­ful: Marion Cooper and two of the quilts she will be dis­play­ing at the bi­en­nial Mata­mata P’s & Q’s Ex­hi­bi­tion.

Young tal­ent: Jessica Sch­weizer was awarded the Ju­nior Soloist Cup for her flugel­horn solo.

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