Best young brass to play

A chance to catch top young brass play­ers in con­cert

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON -

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.

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