Best young brass to play
A chance to catch top young brass players in concert
Young brassmusicians from all over New Zealand are turning up in Palmerston North to play as members of the New Zealand National Youth Brass Band.
Under the musical direction of David Bremner, principal trombonist with the NZSO and music director of Australasian champions Wellington Brass, the 36 musicians, all under 22 years, were chosen by audition.
The concert called Structured De/constructured is in the Spiers Centre on Friday, January 27.
The only national youth band member this year with a Palmerston North connection is tenor horn player Jacob Mancer from Whanganui.
Mancer who was in the city for study at UCOL, played the past two years with the resurgent Palmerston North Brass, including the performance of December’s 1812 Overture in The Square with Linton’s 16th Field Regiment and the New Zealand Army Band.
Palmerston North Brass musical director David Maas said other players from the local band who have previously made the national youth outfit have included tuba player Keenan Buchanan, Craig Thompson and himself.
‘‘It’ll be a fantastic concert. That’s what happens when they pick the best of the country’s age-group players,’’ Maas said.
National Youth Brass Band manager Mike Ford said the eclectic concert programme features a mix of classical and modern brass band music that will appeal to all ages.
‘‘It will be an opportunity to see some of the country’s top up-andcoming brass players,’’ Ford said.
Friday’s Spiers Centre concert is at 7.30pm. Tickets will be available via Eventfinda and at the door.