Concert ‘thoroughly entertaining’

The Salvation Army Youth band took to the stage last week in Oamaru. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
The Salvation Army Youth band took to the stage last week in Oamaru. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
It has been 20 years since the Salvation Army Youth Band brought their toe-tapping music and reflective messages of hope and faith to Oamaru, and they did not disappoint.

About 80 people attended the concert held at the Salvation Army in Thames St last Thursday.

The band consisted of 42 players from the ages of 16 to 28, a collective of young musicians from Salvation Army bands from various places including Whangarei, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

The Salvation Army’s Captain Jocelyn Smith said the band were "thoroughly entertaining."

"The 90-minute concert was appreciated by a delighted audience as [they played] music from various band compositions," Capt Smith said.

The concert was a part of the Youth Bands performance programme around New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa — with this year’s tour taking in centres around Otago, with concerts in Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin and Queenstown over the four-day tour.

The Youth Band is aiming for a trip to the Pacific Islands next year, where they plan to run workshops and concerts to inspire other young brass musicians from Fiji, Tonga, & Samoa.

"As well as being thoroughly entertaining, it was also inspiring and encouraging; with video content adding visuals and information about history of the pieces or the composers," Capt Smith said.

Each band member is required to be a committed member of a Salvation Army band in their local setting, and fundraises towards the costs of the tours, which are also supported financially by the Salvation Army.