Strong family ties in contest

BARBARA WITHINGTON
Last updated 12:26 09/04/2014
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Victoria Orchard and her daughter Greer are set to practise their tenor horns in preparation for this weekend's band contest in Roxburgh.

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When the Roxburgh Pioneer Generation Silver Band gathers on the stage, three generations of one family will make up almost a quarter of the players.

Jean and Doug Dance passed their love of music to their five children. Victoria and Daniel joined the band and now Victoria's two children Greer and Jesse have also joined the ranks.

"We were immersed in it as children but I did not actually start to play until I was 22 and at the Performing Arts College, but when the kids showed an interest, Jesse in percussion and Greer in tenor horn like Mum and I play, it was good timing that Alister Monteith arrived at school to provide free lessons," Victoria Orchard said.

This weekend Roxburgh is hosting the Otago-Southland Brass Band Competitions and from 9am on Saturday morning solo and combined events will be held in the Catholic and Anglican churches, Memorial Hall and Commercial Hotel with free entry for those keen to support "the very young to those of senior years".

The Entertainment Centre auditorium will then see all seven bands give their sacred item and test piece from 7pm with a $10 programme charge covering both Saturday night and Sunday from 1pm when the bands will each give a half-hour concert.

Victoria and Greer will be competing in the slow melody section, Greer in the under-13, and Victoria in the novice section; a class she pushed to create to include people like herself who did not want to go into open section against A Grade players and those who have won previous events but did not fit age group sections.

 

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