St Kilda Brass Band members (top from left) Harry Smith, Errol Moore, Steve Miles, Madeleine Burton, Kimberley Johnston, Georgia Scherf, Lindon Weise and Matthew Smart; and (front row from left) Erin Lee, Max Wilkinson, Patrick Lepine, Aaron Hendry and Kimberley Dainty in Dunedin yesterday after winning the 2014 New Zealand Brass Band Championships in Invercargill. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Contagious virtuosity helped Dunedin musicians win the band
of the year award at the 2014 New Zealand Brass Band
Championships in Invercargill.
Musical director Peter Adams said the virtuosity of St Kilda
Brass Band leader Steve Miles was ''contagious'' and
instilled the confidence in the band to win the top prize at
the national championships on Friday.
Mr Miles won soloist of the year award playing a euphonium.
''A trumpet on steroids,'' said Kimberley Johnston, who won
the Brass Bands Association of New Zealand administrator of
the year award.
Mr Adams said the band's contemporary programme - including
Enter the Galaxies, Valero, Carnival Cocktail, Misty and
The Dreaded Groove and Hook - ''reflected the
youthful vitality and energy'' of the band's University of
Otago student base.
Band chairman Errol Moore said the open ensemble was won by
himself, Mr Miles, Harry Smith, and John McAdam. Jess
Schweizer won the junior flugel championship.