Local bands march to vic­tory

North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MIKE BROOKE

The Cen­tral Districts Brass Band con­test was held in New Ply­mouth late last month.

Nine brass bands from Napier to New Ply­mouth took part in the event held at New Ply­mouth Girls High School. The con­test is strictly reg­u­lated with each com­pet­ing band hav­ing to play three sep­a­rate pieces, a sa­cred Item, usu­ally a hymn, a test piece, which is played by all bands, and an ‘‘own choice’’ piece. In ad­di­tion, at lunchtime on Sun­day, the bands par­tic­i­pated in a street march. For­tu­nately, the weather was fine.

For local fans, to say noth­ing of the band mem­bers, the best re­sult pos­si­ble was achieved. The Devon Ho­tel New Ply­mouth Brass was placed first of all the bands, some­thing that has not been achieved by New Ply­mouth Brass for many years.

Mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Leith Martin was full of praise for the ef­fort of his band, which had been prac­tis­ing up to three times a week to pre­pare them­selves.

The band also won the street march and its Drum Ma­jor Amanda Bol­land added to the suc­cess­ful week­end by tak­ing out the Cham­pion Drum Ma­jor ti­tle.

The New Ply­mouth JAY (Ju­nior Adult Youth) Band also won its di­vi­sion of the con­test and par­tic­i­pated proudly in the street march. Play­ers in this band, which is un­der the di­rec­tion of Mor­rine Martin, are trained to a point where they can join the se­nior band.

Al­most 100 play­ers par­tic­i­pated in the solo and ensem­ble com­pe­ti­tions and it was a credit to New Ply­mouth play­ers that 15 of them won or were placed in their cat­e­gory.

The event chair­man, Bryce Gor­don, said vis­i­tors and ad­ju­di­ca­tors had praised the ar­range­ments and fa­cil­i­ties. He was de­lighted that the hard work he and his team had put in for sev­eral months, pre­par­ing ev­ery­thing, had paid off.

New Ply­mouth Brass is the old­est brass band in New Zealand and is recog­nised as one of the top mu­si­cal groups in the re­gion.

The play­ers from New Ply­mouth who came ei­ther first, sec­ond or third in the in­di­vid­ual or duet com­pe­ti­tions were: Lot­tie Mof­fat, Wes­ley Richards, Samuel Hud­son, Anna Lee-San­der­son, Alex Eg­gers, Tom Poul­grain, Daniel Chow, Drew Wood, Han­nah Good­hue, Anna Duyn­hoven, Raynor Martin, Fraser Brem­ner, An­gela Martin, Ray Far­row, An­gela Martin.

All in all a great week­end.


The New Ply­mouth Brass pulled out all the stops at the Cen­tral Districts con­test.

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