Taupō’s teen brass sensation Aiden West will join the New Zealand Army Band when it performs in the town on 30 November, on the last night of a North Island tour.

New Zealand Army Band Live
 has the band showcasing its signature style through varied performance pieces, from traditional brass band to big band to the latest hits.

The band has close ties to Taupō and has performed there many times, including with the Officer Cadets from Waiouru and at the Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge.

New Zealand Army Band Director of Music Major Graham Hickman, DSD, said the band was delighted to be playing an evening concert for the people of Taupō in a performance that would feature 14-year-old Aiden on the cornet and trumpet.

Taupō Brass Band conductor Mike Martin said Aiden played in many local music groups and that playing with the Army Band was an amazing opportunity.

“Performing with a professional music group as famous as the New Zealand Army Band in front of his home audience will be a highlight in his fledgling musical career,” Mr Martin said.

An extra bonus for the local music scene was that half the profits of the concert would be donated to the Taupō Brass Band.

“A lot of our brass band players started out playing in community bands, so we are delighted to be able to give something back when we can,” Major Hickman said.

 Great Lake Centre Theatre
When: Monday, 30 November
Time: 7:30pm

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