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Wanted: cornet player to join band in New Zealand

Saturday 1 February, 2020

Cornet players are being offered the opportunity to enjoy life in the southern hemisphere with one of the rising stars of the New Zealand brass band scene, Nelson City Brass.

The A Grade (Championship Section) band is looking for a solo cornet player to get involved and sample the lifestyle that New Zealand has to offer.

Nelson City Brass is one of the fastest improving musical groups in New Zealand. Having won the National C Grade title in 2016 and 2017, the band was placed second by one point in its first year in the B Grade in 2018 and in 2019, the band was crowned B grade champion by a margin of 11 points. It has been promoted to A Grade for 2020.

The period of success has coincided with the arrival of Nigel Weeks as musical director. Nigel was originally from Wales, where he was a member of the Tredegar Town Band, but has since taken a number of bands to great success in the UK and New Zealand. In 2017 he was appointed musical director of the National Band of New Zealand, which was placed second at the World Music Championships in Kerkrade.

A successful applicant can look forward to a different pace to banding life with only two contests during the year, the Regional and National Championships. The rest of the schedule remains busy, performing in Nelson’s leading performances venues and fulfilling commitments for sponsor, Nelson City Council.

The band consists of a range of ages and backgrounds from students to pilots, teachers, accountants and retired people among its personnel.

Nelson is the geographical centre of New Zealand. The region is famous for its year-round sunshine. The city of Nelson is large enough to offer all the services and amenities of a large city yet is small enough to be intimate, welcoming and friendly. It is New Zealand’s largest fishing port and the gateway to a major forestry and horticulture industry, as well as being home to fine foods and renowned wines.

To help a new player settle, Nelson City Brass is providing return airfares to the successful applicants, accommodation for up to six weeks and assistance with employment, where possible.

Interested parties should email Wayne: