NZCBA in Profile

NZCBA President Andrew Stopps
NZCBA President

Andrew Stopps

President of the NZCBA since 2013 and a member of the Executive Committee since 2011, Andrew Stopps has been involved in Concert Bands since he was 15. It was, in fact concert bands that started his career in music, when he went to watch his brother playing in a community concert band in Australia, fell in love with the sound and the community spirit and went up to the conductor and said, “I want to join, what instrument do you need?”. The answer to that question set Andrew off on a lifelong career in music education and concert bands.

Andrew is currently Head of Music at St Patrick’s College, Silverstream and was prior to that at Scots College (Wellington) for 6 years after moving to New Zealand from Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of the Wellington City Concert Band, the NZ Youth Symphonic Winds, the National Conductors Clinic, GleeNZ and the NZ Academy of Music. He is also on the Board of Trustees for the Lankhuyzen/Whetu Kairangi Masonic Trust. He does not cook at all.


NZCBA Secretary
NZCBA Secretary

Kathleen Mulligan

Kathleen has been involved in bands in NZ since 1989 when she began a programme at Taumarunui High School. Her bands have played in the Festival almost without a break since that time. She directed Manukau Concert Band for 12 years, retiring last year to live near Whangarei.  She has served on the executive committee twice: in the early 90s until her baby girl came along, just hours after an NZCBA executive conference call, and again recently, now acting as Secretary. Kathleen was Director of Music at St Cuthbert’s College and now runs a first aid training business in Northland and is wind teacher at Tauraroa Area School. She has been honoured with a Life Membership of NZCBA.



NZCBA Treasurer
NZCBA Treasurer

Graham Trail

Graham is a small animal veterinary surgeon by day and bass player by night.  He plays for musical theatre shows, a jazz band, and has been a member of Manukau Concert Band for over 10 years. He has two sons who have now left the nest. He has been on the NZCBA Executive for the last three years and took over the the role of treasurer this year. Graham has also been involved in the organisation of the last two NZCBA Festivals.





Sean Cole

Sean has been on the NZCBA Executive since 2011 and has served as secretary, web designer, webmaster, marketing officer, graphic designer and stage manager at a number of Concert Band Festivals. He currently works in IT at Scots College (Wellington) and is originally from Mississippi, USA. Although he doesn’t play an instrument, he does sing in choirs. He is also manager of the NZ Academy of Music in his spare time.




NZYSW Manager
NZYSW Manager

Rangimakehu Hall

Rangi comes from a musical background. He is enrolled to study French horn at the University of Auckland in 2016. Rangi has played with a variety of community groups and bands. In 2015 he was the principal horn for the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds. He also plays for Manukau Concert Band. He was a participant in the New Zealand Youth Brass Ensemble which took place in Auckland this year and played in the Auckland Youth Orchestra from 2010 to 2013. Rangi is passionate about music and people. He is looking forward to working closely with other like-minded people to make the concert band scene the place to be.



DonnelleDonnelle Belanger-Taylor

Donnelle is a mum to twins plus one, a software developer, and a tuba player. As secretary for Manukau Concert Band, she has overseen the development of a five-year plan based on member surveys, initiated a fortnightly “ensemble night”, and supported the creation of an academy band for newer players. She is planning to use her experience as a Playcentre member in her role of Grants and Sponsorship on the NZCBA committee, as well as taking on the Editor role for BandBeat. Recent successes include selling four short stories, climbing Rangitoto, and playing a solo at Festival.



10268405_819545948072804_1623834128330880984_nJames Bevin

James is a dedicated farm worker and when his time is not occupied with managing farm animals or heavy machinery, he plays saxophone and bassoon for Bay Cities Symphonic Band. While working between NZ and Australia, James has been actively involved in bands and orchestras since 2010, including the Lindisfarne College Music Program, Dunedin Youth Orchestra, Red Cherry Jazz (AUS) and Young Shire Band (AUS). He has been on the NZCBA executive since 2013 and in conjunction with his return to Dunedin for study next year, James has taken on the role of South Island Officer.