Service to entertainment
Playing the tuba is something that takes a lot of concentration and time for Pukerau's Vic Herring, but he enjoys it.
The Ascot Park Hotel Brass Band member has been playing the instrument since he was 17 and has been a member of the Invercargill band for the past 14 years.
During the day he works for the Gore District Council watching over Dolamore Park but as night approaches his tuba takes priority.
Mr Herring's hard work and dedication to his instrument has been rewarded as earlier this month he was awarded the Ascot Park Hotel Brass Band bandsperson of the year.
The award recognises service to music and entertainment in Southland.
''I was flabbergasted.
''It was a complete surprise,'' he said.
Although playing the tuba was only a hobby for Mr Herring it still took a large amount of time, as he spent at least an hour a day practising.
Before joining the Invercargill band Mr Herring was a member of the Gore Brass Band band for 10 years.
The Invercargill band has 29 members including nine still in high school.
Mr Herring said the band competes in two contests, one provincial and one national.
The Southland Times