2015 Festival Debrief

adjudicators for festival articleThe 2015 NZCBA Concert Bands Festival was held over the 18th and 19th September in Rotorua and was a huge success. This year saw us entering the 21st century and having the festival live-streamed by Brassbanned. This was a huge success and the festival was viewed in many parts of the world. We also ran two masterclasses, one with saxophonist Michael Jamieson and one with clarinettist Marcel Luxen.

Twenty-five bands came away with either a gold, silver or bronze award, having been adjudicated by Debbie Rawson and Owen Clarke. We also featured a solo and ensemble section with similar awards, adjudicated by Hayden Sinclair and Mike Ashton. The results are included in this article.



We were also able to award two NZCBA life memberships at this festival – one to Maxine Treweek, and the other to Kathleen Mulligan.

Kathleen Mulligan
Kathleen Mulligan
Maxine Treweek
Maxine Treweek







Rotorua Symphonic for Festival ArticleWe would like to acknowledge the hard work of the Rotorua Symphonic Band, our fantastic festival hosts. Without them playing such a huge part in the running of the festival, we would not have had such a successful weekend. We are very grateful for their efforts. We would also like to thank our sponsors, KBB, Dr. Toot and TourTime.





Gisborne band for festival articlePlease mark into your diaries the 2016 festival. This will be held in sunny Gisborne on 5th and 6th August 2016!






Festival Results

The Robert Lutt Annual Concert Band Award for an Outstanding Festival Band


Manukau Concert Band



Robert Lutt Trophy for Best Performance of a Piece


West City Concert Band – “Blue Shades” by Frank Ticheli






Concert Bands

Bay Cities Symphonic Band
James Hargest College Concert Band
Macleans College Senior Concert Band
Manukau Concert Band
North Shore Youth Symphonic Wind Band
St Peter’s College Senior Concert Band
University of Auckland Wind Band
West City Concert Band

Baradene College Concert Band
Bethlehem College Concert Band
Concord Concert Band
Concord Symphonic Band
Gisborne Concert Band
Macleans Symphonic Band
New Plymouth Boys and Girls Combined Senior Concert Band
New Plymouth Boys and Girls CombinedIntermediate Concert Band
Orewa College Band
Pukekohe High School Senior Concert Band
Waikato Schools Symphonic Band
Waikato Youth Symphonic Band

Highland Intermediate School
Napier Technical Memorial Band
Otumoetai College Symphonic Band
Rotorua Symphonic Band
Sacred Heart Girls and St John’s College Combined Concert Band
Tauranga Girls College Symhonic Band

 Solo Winner

Alex Eichelbaum
– University of Auckland Wind Band


Small Ensemble Winner

Saxophone Quartet – University of Auckland Wind Band