Cornetist hitting high notes in musical career

17:00, Apr 25 2014
Cornet player Megan Gooding
PLENTY OF PUFF: Cornet player Megan Gooding is enjoying a year of musical success.

It is proving to be a good year for the youngest principal cornet player of any A grade band in New Zealand.

Megan Gooding, 21, of Invercargill, recently took home the prestigious Championship Air Varie contest as well as three cups in the solos at the Otago and Southland Brass Band contest held in Roxburgh.

She was also principal cornet player for the Ascot Park Hotel Brass Band and played for the St Kilda Band from Dunedin.

After the competition Gooding flew to Melbourne to join Box Hill City Brass Band who had invited her to be principal cornet at the Australian Brass Band Nationals, held in Brisbane at Easter.

The band gained second place in the B grade with wins in the own choice selection and stage march categories.

The Ascot Park Hotel Brass Band was successful as a whole at the regional championships.

In the A grade section the band won the own choice selection and came second in the sacred item and the entertainment contest.

Soloists were successful with a number of first placings, and the band's auxiliary band took home first place in the C grade contest.

The national brass band competitions are being held in Invercargill in July.

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