Hard work puts band back on top

The Marlborough District Brass Band has reclaimed its position as the No 1 brass band in the top of the south.

They won 16 of a possible 20 awards at the annual Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast Brass Bands Association contest in Nelson at the weekend.

Musical director Kevin Moseley said he was proud of the band and thought it punched above its weight at the competition against Westport Municipal Band, Nelson City Brass Band and Motueka District Brass.

"It is amazing to come home as the overall winning band, after a tough year of losing many of our players to either university or work in other cities," he said.

The band has been known for bagging many wins at the competition over the past two decades, but had to defend their honour after losing to a visiting Christchurch band last year.

"Many people just presume we are bound to win again, but that's not the case, we had to work really hard because the other teams are out to knock us off our pedestal and take the win," Moseley said.

The band members competed in solo, duet and ensemble events.

A highlight for the band was competing in the street march on Saturday and winning the event with almost 20 points.

"It started to rain as the event began and by the end of the event it was pouring down, but it didn't stop the band from giving it their all," Moseley said.

There will be no break for the band after the competition; they had their first practice for the New Zealand Brass Band Championships last night.

Moseley said the band had six weeks to perfect their numbers to ensure they were at their best for the championships in Invercargill.

That competition runs from July 9 to 13.


The Marlborough Express