Top Brass in Christchurch

Trust Porirua City Brass enjoyed great success at the National Brass Band Championships held in Christchurch last month. Room now needs to be made in the trophy cabinet for several new cups.

The band was highly placed in all its events. Its haul of a first place, two seconds and a third meant that it finished second overall in the B Grade.

The band’s soloists – especially the younger players – had one of their best years ever. Nicholas Garrett won the Under-15 cornet competition, while James North won the Under-19 euphonium contest. James North and Brent Garrett were the top junior duet. These are some of the most competitive of the solo events, and Porirua’s youngsters were up against the most talented brass musicians in the country.

Several other soloists were also highly placed.

Musical Director Kerry Garrett said that one of the most pleasing aspects of the results this year was their consistency. “All I ask is for everyone to perform as well as they all know they can, every time we go on stage. If the judges award us top marks, that’s even better.”

Mr Garrett said that, considering the solo and band results together, this was one of the Porirua band’s most successful contests. He made special mention of the younger members of the band. “All the junior soloists showed that they are really growing in confidence. They represent the future of the band, so their performances were especially encouraging.”

The band has no time to relax. Next month, it travels to Feilding to compete for the Wellington and Central Districts regional titles.

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