Band feeling bold as brass

Sarah Draper and Ben Noonan (front) with other brass band members. Picture: RASWA Brass
Sarah Draper and Ben Noonan (front) with other brass band members. Picture: RASWA Brass

‘One of the best and most renowned conductors in the world, Dr Robert Childs, arrived from England last Friday and has been leading us in a week of exclusive rehearsals,’ RASWA secretary and State tenor horn champion Sarah Draper said.

This will be the first time Perth has hosted the championships in 34 years.

‘The atmosphere is a bit mad at the moment ” they are rehearsing two to three nights a week for at least three hours at a time,’ Ms Draper said.

Having played brass for more than 32 years, Ms Draper said the joy of performance was in the feeling of the instrument and being part of the music.

‘It’s so wonderful to play music as an ensemble; the band really becomes like a family,’ she said.

The Yamaha National Band Championships will be held at UWA.