15 Aug Pakuranga College Music Ensembles Gain Awards at KBB Festival
The Auckland KBB Music Festival was held 6th-11th August at the Holy Trinity Cathedral and St Mary’s Church in Parnell.
This festival involves more than 4,000 students and includes Jazz Bands, Concert Bands, Symphony Orchestras and Chamber Orchestras from schools all across Auckland.
It is an incredible opportunity for schools and students to showcase their musical achievements and this year, for the first time, all three of the Pakuranga College ensembles gained awards. The colleges’ Chamber Orchestra earned their first ever Bronze Award, The Jazz Band also gained Bronze, and the very successful Concert Band won a Silver award.
It is also the first festival appearance for Pakuranga College Musical Director and HOD Music, Mr. 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. 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. (Pictured below)