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TE AWAMUTU College Concert Band performs ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Concert Celebration’ for the finale of their entertainment performance programme in Napier’s Municipal Theatre. Photo Dean Taylor
By Dean Taylor
Te Awamutu College Concert Band has once again proved it is on top of the music world by earning two Gold Awards at this year’s New Zealand Concert Bands Festival.
Playing in both the Festival Performance and Entertainment Performance categories, Te Awamutu College Concert Band was the only school band to win Gold Awards for both performances. The festival is held over two weeks at a South Island and North Island venue and involves school and community based concert bands.
The North Island Festival was held over three days in Napier, utilising three venues including their premier theatre, the historic and recently refurbished Municipal Theatre. Te Awamutu College Concert Band performed both programmes at this theatre.
Adjudicators are looking at tone, tuning, balance, dynamics, accuracy, style, articulation and phrasing. Te Awamutu played for University of Notre Dame Professor of Music Dr Kenneth Dye.
While the performance is judged individually, Te Awamutu College was in the same section as such schools as King’s College, New Plymouth Boys and Girls High, St John’s and Sacred Heart, St Peter’s College and Birkenhead College.
For their entertainment programme Te Awamutu College performed ‘A Selection from Cats’, ‘Root Beer Rag’ and ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Concert Celebration”.
Dr Dye considered it highly entertaining overall, commenting on the band’s effective concert attire and preparation. He enjoyed the use of the four piece brass ‘choir’ and the ‘showy’ tap sequence by percussionist and dancer Ian Vincent in the final number.
For their festival programme the band performed ‘Crown Imperial’, ‘Ritual Fire Dance’ and ‘Among The Clouds’.
Dr Dye again commented on the wonderful concert attire, stage presence and stage manners and thought the band had good blend and balance. He also gave constructive advice on how each piece could be improved even more.
Te Awamutu College head of music George Brooks was elated for his team in earning two Gold Awards. He says while the praise is valuable, the constructive advice from someone as respected as Dr Dye is especially valuable as it helps give the band direction for the future.
Mr Brooks says much of the credit has to go to band co-conductor Bob Hollinshead and tutors Barry Cullen, Stewart Stanbridge and Catherine Orbell, all the parent helpers, as well as the students who put in a great effort to prepare for the event and were so responsible at Napier. He says the large group of students were away together for four days and demonstrated maturity and independence for the entire trip.