Polished sounds from Roxburgh

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Top brass took over Teviot Valley at the weekend as Roxburgh played host to the Otago and Southland Brass Band Association’s provincial contest.

Roxburgh Pioneer Brass Band chairman Doug Dance said he was happy to welcome the bands to Roxburgh, although it was “like a military exercise” co-ordinating bands from Timaru to Invercargill playing at five different venues.

There were three band categories of sacred item, own selection and entertainment, plus solo, duet and ensemble categories.

“They take a bit of organising with judges, supervisors and timekeepers – the bellringers,” Mr Dance said.

Ascot Park Hotel Brass Auxiliary was first place in the A Grade for the Sacred item and Own Selection category, with St Kilda Brass first place in A Grade for the Entertainment category.

Roxburgh Brass Band was first place in D Grade for all three categories.