A week of music for more than 40 secondary school students culminated in a performance in Napier at the weekend.

The National Secondary Schools' Brass Band mini-concert tour concluded with a performance at the MTG Century Theatre on Saturday.

Secondary students from around the country met in Napier last Monday for the band's annual get-together.

Musical director Mark Davey, from Wellington, said he was proud of what the band had achieved in such a short space of time.


"The quality of the young musicians in the band meant that we were able to give a very polished performance of a substantial programme with only four days of rehearsal," he said.

"This band features some of the finest young musicians from across the country and hearing the band makes me confident that brass bands will go from strength to strength in the future."

The theme of the concert was music from Eastern Europe, and featured numbers such as the scene finale from Swan Lake, Sabre Dance and excerpts from Pictures at an Exhibition.

In addition, Mr Davey included a hymn and test piece in the programme which are requirements at the annual National Brass Band Championships.

"I wanted to challenge the band, and selected Peter Graham's marvellous piece, Blazon.

"Getting a test piece up to the high quality performance standard that the band managed in four days when a band would normally work on a test piece for 10 weeks is a remarkable achievement."

Virtuoso cornet player, Kyle Lawson, performed four pieces with the band, including crowd favourite The Lark in the Clear Air.

"Kyle is one of the most talented brass musicians in New Zealand, and the band learned a lot from him this week as they listened to him prepare his performance," Mr Davey said.

"The cornet section was also lucky enough to have him as a tutor during the week."

The National Secondary Schools' Brass Band gets together once a year in different locations around the country with a week of workshops and rehearsals.

This year's band had 42 members from Auckland to Invercargill, ranging in age from 13 to 18, with Logan Ford, 18, from Nelson as the band's principal cornet.