THE vocal and instrumental sections of the 2014 City of Orange Eisteddfod are underway at Orange Regional Conservatorium with a highlight of the week to be the band day on Friday at Orange Function Centre.
Yesterday the brass sections attracted only a small number of competitors for the day across a range of age groups.
City of Orange Eisteddfod president Margaret Williams said it’s hard to quantify the reasons.
“I don’t know a lot about music but perhaps it is because brass is such a difficult instrument,” she said.
“But when we get to the bands on Friday it seems brass is strong - it is really interesting and I don’t think there’s any one answer,” she said.
In many sections yesterday there were only one or two entrants but when it came to a woodwind section late yesterday the numbers jumped to 10 competitors.
Two talented young brass players, Owen Bloomfield and Jasper Mihalich were both recognised for their talent on a brass instrument yesterday and were presented with an encouragement award by Greg Tracey of the City of Orange Brass Band.
Congratulating both young players Mr Tracey said he hopes the financial reward in the prize would encourage the young players to continue and gain more experience.
Mr Tracey said he would like to see more young brass players coming through the ranks to compete in the eisteddfod in Orange.
“It is hard to get young people to commit and of course playing an instrument often clashes with sporting commitments for them,” he said.
Miss Williams said for the first time in many years there is a plethora of volunteers to help out with the various jobs associated with running the month-long City of Orange Eisteddfod.
“For the vocal and instrumental alone we have about 60 helpers- it’s wonderful,” she said.