Bold as brass hits right note
It has been 16 years since Matamata Brass last attended a national competition – and it has been well worth the wait.
The Matamata Brass Band last month attended the New Zealand National Brass Band Contest and came away national champions in their grade.
Competing in the D Grade, they were up against three other bands from Hamilton, Masterton and Nelson.
They placed first in the sacred item and own choice categories, third in the march and were named overall champions for D Grade.
Matamata Brass president Barbara Hodgkinson said the band was buzzing at the win and looking forward to competing again in Invercargill next year.
‘‘We are on a bit of a roll now, everyone’s so excited,’’ she said.
‘‘I was stunned but delighted with how the team played together on the day.
‘‘It has taken a long time for us to have enough depth and skill in the players to perform at that level.’’
Musical director Blair Stanbridge was also awarded a trophy for directing the winning D Grade band.
Jessica Schweizer competed in the junior solo category and won first place for flugelhorn, second for tenor horns, baritone and flugelhorn and second overall in the junior Champion of Champions.
The contest was held in New Plymouth over three days and top bands from across the country were there to compete.
‘‘We were able to listen to some of the higher grade bands and just experience that whole variety of skill levels,’’ said Mrs Hodgkinson.
‘‘It gave the younger players a taste of that level of competition.’’
Matamata Brass would like to thank Matamata Creative Commons for its support in funding tutoring for young players.
Outstanding team effort: Matamata Brass Band at the New Zealand National Brass Band Contest.