Southland hits the right note

BRITTANY PICKETT
Last updated 05:00 14/07/2014
St Kilda Brass Band
NICOLE JOHNSTONE/FAIRFAX NZ
BOLD AS BRASS: The St Kilda Brass Band, from Dunedin, on their way to winning the Band of the Year competition at the Civic Theatre yesterday.

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Southland's mild weather has been praised as organisers wrap up the New Zealand brass band championships. 

The competition, which ended yesterday, involved 26 brass bands from throughout the country.

More than 500 people, including band members and their supporters, descended on Invercargill on Wednesday.

Brass Band Association of New Zealand president Evan Sayer said he was very pleased with the event, and particularly with the weather.

"If we were in Auckland we would have been blown away with the wind and the rain," he said.

The event included a solo section, a street parade, junior and grade competitions.

Dunedin's St Kilda Brass Band was crowned Band of the Year after five days of competition.

Sayer said the honour went to the band that brought entertainment to the fore.

"Public opinion holds sway more than anything."

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