Riccarton High School students, Emma McMorran, 18, and Toby Buckner, 16, have been accepted into the national secondary school brass band.
Emma will be on the tenor horn and Toby will play the solo cornet. Toby was also offered soprano cornet based on his audition. The national brass band has not included a student on the cornet for several years due to the difficulty of playing the instrument, which is usually operated by an adult.
It isn’t Toby’s first time on the national stage, though. Last term he performed in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orchestra Festival. Emma and Toby will both travel to Napier for a week in the next school holidays with the band.