Big haul of fine prizes for NP band

17:00, Jul 14 2014

New Plymouth Brass has scooped its biggest haul of national trophies in more than 20 years.

The Devon Hotel New Plymouth Brass won the B grade at the New Zealand Brass Band championships in Invercargill at the weekend and took home 10 other trophies for marching and individual sections.

"The last time we won at a national level was 2000," musical director Leigh Martin said.

Being a provincial band they struggled to retain members, but this year they had a good mix of committed players, he said.

"There's a lot of people working hard.

"It all went pretty well."

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It cost $38,000 to get everyone and their instruments to Invercargill.

"It was a house deposit to get there," Mike Martin said.

Trevor Bremner's performance in the masters' section was held in what he suspected was the coldest church in Invercargill.

"It was so cold they had to shift us to another venue, we couldn't get our instruments up to pitch," Bremner said.

Bremner won the open champion of champions and masters sections, was second in the open duet with son David and third in the Invitation Slow Melody.

This was the fourth time Bremner has won the champion of champions trophy and the third time he's won the masters.

Dominic Jacquemard won the junior percussion and placed third in the junior champion of champions, Leigh Martin placed second open BBb bass and was champion conductor in B grade, Bryce Gordon placed second in the open own choice and Amanda Bollond won the drum major trophy.

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