Otago Daily Times 23 August, 2019
Four Dunedin brass musicians have blown away the judges, earning themselves recognition as some of the best young players in the country.
They have been selected to take part in the 2020 National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand.
University of Otago pharmacy student Logan Ford 20) will be the principal cornet player while computer science student Harry Smith (21) has been selected as the principal euphonium.
Both are St Kilda Brass Band members and have been selected for the band before.
Two Kaikorai Metropolitan Brass Band members, statistics student Anna Redmond (21) and Kavanagh College pupil Sebastian Hook (17) have been selected for the first time.
Miss Redmond plays the cornet and Sebastian plays the trombone.
The national band members are all under 23 years old and are selected from nationwide auditions.
All four said they were looking forward to a camp in Christchurch in January and a tour which would follow.
As the principal cornet player Mr Ford was not only the leader of his section but also looked to as the leader of the whole band.
“I guess it’s about knowing all your parts as well as you can and I’m probably expected to be a role model for some of the younger members of the band.”
The youngest of the group, Sebastian, said he was looking forward to playing alongside and learning from more experienced brass players.
After the camp. the band will tour the lower South Island, playing in Christchurch, Oamaru, Roxburgh and Invercargill.
From: Otago Daily Times, 23 August, 2019 (https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/young-dunedin-musicians-selected-play-among-top-brass)