by Supplied by Miss Jane Spenceley

Golden performances at Festival of Bands

On Saturday 18 May, St Paul's Big Band and Concert Band travelled to Hastings to perform in the Hawke’s Bay Festival of Bands.

The Concert Band performed first of the two groups. The set included Christopher Penno’s (Year 13) alto solo, Georgia on My Mind, accompanied by the band. This was a highlight for the audience and received a huge number of compliments after the performance was finished. The band left the stage gleefully, knowing that was the best they could have possibly played. A welcome feeling after a disappointing bronze the previous week in Matamata. It should be noted that Christopher received the award for ‘Best Junior Soloist’ (under-20) for his solo performance.

Big Band was next, after a short break, which had students who play in both rapidly changing instruments and racing to be ready. The fast-paced set full of classics and more modern Big Band numbers was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience, and solos from different band members received huge applause. In true Big Band fashion, the performance was polished and precise.

Both Bands received Gold awards, showing they performed at the highest standard on the day. The Concert Band also took home the award for ‘Best Performance by a School Band’, beating out ten other groups for the title.

Well done to all who performed, a stunning result!

A huge thank you to Miss Jane Spenceley for her work with these musicians in the weeks leading up to their performance in this competition.