Band gets sil­ver first time up

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Mata­mata Col­lege Jazz earned a sil­ver award last week­end at their first ever New Zealand Con­cert Bands’ As­so­ci­a­tion na­tional fes­ti­val.

It is the first year the col­lege has had a jazz band and band di­rec­tor Barry Cullen said he was ‘‘rapt’’ with how they went.

‘‘ It was a re­ally good re­sult for our first year,’’ he said.

‘‘We can just go on­wards and up­wards from here – go for gold next year.’’ They were one of 15 high school bands on the first day of the event at Beth­le­hem Col­lege in Tau­ranga.

A sax quar­tet from Mata­mata Col­lege also earned a sil­ver award.

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