Musicians bold as brass at festival of music
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.