School con­cert band cel­e­brates

The Bay Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BAY­LEY MOOR

The Kerik­eri High School con­cert band are cel­e­brat­ing their ‘sil­ver stan­dard’ award from the Na­tional Con­cert Band Fes­ti­val.

Stu­dents aged 11-16 played dur­ing a 20-minute slot at the three day fes­ti­val held in Whangarei from Au­gust 3-5.

Ju­nior mu­sic head of depart­ment and band co-or­di­na­tor Kathryn Thom­son says the band achieved the sil­ver stan­dard - 10 bands were awarded gold, 10 awarded sil­ver and 10 awarded bronze.

‘‘Some of the stu­dents have only been play­ing for six months. Proud would be a good word [to de­scribe the feel­ing from the re­sult].’’

The band, con­ducted by David Law­less, is a wind group with in­stru­ments in­clud­ing flutes, sax­o­phones, clar­inets, trum­pets and sup­port­ing per­cus­sion with a xy­lo­phone and tim­pani.

‘‘The stu­dents prac­tice a lot in their own time and prac­tice to­gether once a week, through­out the year,’’ Thom­son says.

A full-day prac­tice ses­sion was held dur­ing the school hol­i­days in prepa­ra­tion for the fes­ti­val.

The bands per­form­ing in­cluded four pro­fes­sional-level bands, around 15 schools and eight to nine com­mu­nity bands, Thom­son says.

It was the band’s first time per­form­ing at the fes­ti­val.

‘‘We weren’t aim­ing for any­thing so it was a lovely out­come, there were many happy smiles from the stu­dents when it was an­nounced,’’ Thom­son says.

Thom­son says the con­cert band’s main per­for­mances each year are at the Kerik­eri Christ­mas Pa­rade and at the Kerik­eri An­zac Day Dawn Ser- vice.

She says the stu­dents were go­ing to be pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates at assem­bly, so they could be ac­knowl­edged by their peers.

The Kerik­eri High School con­cert band hopes to travel down to Welling­ton for next year’s fes­ti­val, Thom­son says.

The Whangarei event, at Fo­rum North was the 30th Con- cert Bands Fes­ti­val pre­sented by the New Zealand Con­cert Bands As­so­ci­a­tion.

The as­so­ci­a­tion aims to pro­mote the knowl­edge and love of mu­sic, as­sist in fur­ther­ing mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion and pro­vide men­tor­ing sup­port for new bands.

Work­shops were also held dur­ing the fes­ti­val with the prize­giv­ing held at Whangarei Girls High School.

The Kerik­eri High School Con­cert Band, with con­duc­tor David Law­less.

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