Three young locals picked for NZ band

Gisborne musicians to play in NZ Youth Symphonic Winds.

Gisborne musicians to play in NZ Youth Symphonic Winds.

Solo and Ensemble: Blaise Hubbard
Solo and Ensemble: Micah Russell
Solo and Ensemble: Rebekah Hakiwai

THE talents of three Gisborne musicians will go on national display next year as they play in the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds.

Gisborne Concert Band members Rebekah Hakiwai (flute), Micah Russell (clarinet), and Blaise Hubbard (saxophone) were accepted into the youth ensemble last week.

“It is really exciting that three of our young musicians have been successful,” said band president Cathy Brown.

“This will give them the opportunity to work with musicians from across the country.”

The ensemble, which formed in 2014, is made up of wind musicians from across the country. The group is led by Flight Lieutenant Simon Brew, who also directs the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band.

The symphonic winds band auditions musicians up to the age of 25, who have trained to stage seven or above. Ensemble members are provided the opportunity to hone their skills while playing to audiences across the country.

This year the group performed in Auckland, as well as doing a three concert tour of the South Island, visiting Christchurch, Rangiora and Nelson.

Next year the ensemble is scheduled to play in Wellington in January, before a tour of Auckland, Kerikeri and Whangarei in August.

THE talents of three Gisborne musicians will go on national display next year as they play in the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds.

Gisborne Concert Band members Rebekah Hakiwai (flute), Micah Russell (clarinet), and Blaise Hubbard (saxophone) were accepted into the youth ensemble last week.

“It is really exciting that three of our young musicians have been successful,” said band president Cathy Brown.

“This will give them the opportunity to work with musicians from across the country.”

The ensemble, which formed in 2014, is made up of wind musicians from across the country. The group is led by Flight Lieutenant Simon Brew, who also directs the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band.

The symphonic winds band auditions musicians up to the age of 25, who have trained to stage seven or above. Ensemble members are provided the opportunity to hone their skills while playing to audiences across the country.

This year the group performed in Auckland, as well as doing a three concert tour of the South Island, visiting Christchurch, Rangiora and Nelson.

Next year the ensemble is scheduled to play in Wellington in January, before a tour of Auckland, Kerikeri and Whangarei in August.

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