Scoring high at KBB Music Festival

Pakuranga College Concert Band won a Silver award at the Auckland KBB Music Festival. Photo supplied.

They won silver and two bronze. For the first time, all three of Pakuranga College ensembles won awards.

The Pakuranga College Concert Band won a silver award at the Auckland KBB Music Festival, while the Chamber Orchestra earned their first ever bronze, the jazz band also won a bronze at the festival held from August 6-11 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral and St Mary’s Church in Parnell.

The KBB Music Festival has been showcasing the best in secondary school orchestras, concert bands and stage bands in Auckland and involves more than 4000 students from more than 50 schools.

It is also the first festival appearance for Pakuranga College musical director and HOD Music Richard Breed.

“It’s really rewarding to know that we are doing the right things and our Music Department has gained some genuine credibility in the ensemble scene,” says Mr Breed.

“It is also an amazing opportunity for us to see what some of the more established school ensembles are capable of, inspiring us to continue raising the bar in terms of what we can achieve ourselves.

“Three of our musicians, Sue-Lynn Leong, Linda (Cissy) Lin and Martin Qiang were also selected to take part in the KBB Honours Orchestra, an 80-strong orchestra made up of the top players from across Auckland,” he says.