Band camp a blast

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata Brass is pro­duc­ing some se­ri­ous young tal­ent and they are start­ing to make their mark on a national level.

Mem­bers Ella Hawe and Jessica Sch­weizer, both 17, and Bet­tina Sch­weizer, 15, have been se­lected to play with this year’s New Zealand Sec­ondary Schools Brass Band.

It is a first time ex­pe­ri­ence for cor­net player Ella, who said she was look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

‘‘I’m su­per ex­cited, es­pe­cially hav­ing the other two to help me along,’’ she said.

Se­lec­tion into the band means the Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents will spend a week at camp in Ro­torua in Oc­to­ber.

Over that week they will play for stu­dents at Mata­mata Col­lege and per­for­mances at the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre and the Hob­biton Movie Set are to be con­firmed.

About 40 high school stu­dents from across the coun­try are cho­sen to at­tend the camp each year.

Jessica, who plays flugel­horn, has been se­lected twice be­fore and said it was nice to have other rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Mata­mata in the band.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be cool, we are go­ing to have so much fun,’’ she said.

Younger sis­ter Bet­tina plays the tenor horn and went for the first time last year.

The trio will train with pro­fes­sional tu­tors and hear from guest speak­ers at the camp, as well as com­pete in fun sport­ing events.

‘‘There’s lots of things to get in­volved in, lots of bond­ing stuff, it’s a good time,’’ said Jessica.

Best in brass: Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents (from left) Ella Hawe, Jessica Sch­weizer and Bet­tina Sch­weizer have been se­lected for the National Sec­ondary Schools Brass Band.

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