Roxburgh will host ''the cream'' of young brass players
tonight as the National Youth Brass Band performs the first
of three Southern concerts. The band is made up of 34
musicians under the age of 23, and they have spent nine days
based in Pukerau, receiving tuition from some of the
country's best brass educators, before demonstrating their
All three concerts begin at 7.30pm. The performance at
Roxburgh is followed by a one in Invercargill tomorrow and in
Dunedin on Saturday.
Roxburgh Pioneer Generation Brass Band manager and Roxburgh
hosting committee member Alex Gordon said the concert was
''just reward'' for the district's support of youth band
members over the years. There were several musicians from
Otago and Southland in the band - Megan and Nina Gooding,
Erynne Scherf, Harry Smith and former Dunedin musician Rosie
Evans are among the members.
The musical director, Peter Adams, is a senior lecturer in
music at Otago University. ''That makes it extra special in
that there's a strong Otago-Southland contingent and this
band is the cream of New Zealand's young musicians. They're
the top people and it can't help but be a brilliant
concert,'' Mr Gordon said.
''Brass bands have got away from those stuffy old staunch
marches and concertgoers will be pleasantly surprised by the
range of music.''
The guest soloist is Byron (Buzz) Newton, of Christchurch. Mr
Newton recently returned from studying overseas and he has
been a member of the national secondary schools brass band
the national youth brass band and the national brass band
that toured Belgium and Holland in 2009.