Camden Haven tuba player William Jackson is one of a handful of Hastings students selected to perform at the prestigious Bravissimo Concert later this week.
Mr Jackson joins seven other graduated year 12 students from the Hastings to perform at Port Macquarie's Glasshouse from 12.15pm on February 12.
The showcase is a display of the 2019 HSC students who excelled in music from the Mid-North Coast and Tablelands regions.
"I'd just like to say thank you to the organisers of Braissimo for giving me this opportunity," he said.
"Every year our school would go and watch Bravissimo. Over the years I have seen three of the shows and obviously every student's performance is fantastic.
"They should be proud of reaching such a level and I've always thought it was a milestone to hit as a musician. It's the next level of music from playing an instrument well during school.
"Originally I was playing a smaller version of the tuba in my town band, the Camden Haven Community Band before our tuba player retired.
"The conductor said 'Will, get onto that' and so I did, I haven't looked back since."
St Josephs Regional College drummer Andrew Archer said he was grateful for the opportunity to perform.
"I've seen it a few times and there is always fairly solid stuff there," he said. "I just want to get in and make my mark.
"I was surprised to be nominated for this because I just do what I love. I'm just a small guy in Bonny Hills.
"You can do anything if you practice but you've got to make sure your hearts in it.
"I now know that there's a difference between hitting the drums and playing the drums. A good drummer never plays to serve himself, he plays to serve the music."
Top performers are selected from state, Catholic and private high schools in Wingham, Gloucester and Forster, west to Armidale and Tamworth and north to Kempsey and Coffs Harbour.