ACG Parnell Senior Concert Band is part of an extensive music program which spans both the school’s primary and college campuses. The band encourages students to balance their academic goals with enjoyable extra-curricular pursuits. With a growing number of skilled students coming through from the Junior School, the band is now tackling increasingly complex repertoire. This is the first year that the school has participated in the National Festival and do so under their newly appointed music director, Alex Eichelbaum.
Auckland Grammar School Premier Concert Band is one of the oldest school Concert Bands in New Zealand. We aim to perform an interesting mixture of traditional and new works and have enjoyed a four year collaboration with NZ composer David Hamilton. The band has won two ‘Best Performance of a NZ Work’ awards since 2014 at the KBB festival playing commissioned works from Mr. Hamilton.
Baradene Concert Band is a selected group of musicians from the college, years 9-13, with boys from Sacred Heart College supporting in the brass section. We play a wide range of repertoire which the bands enjoy, and the band actively participates in the community events as well as fundraisers and visits to local resthomes. We are very excited to be taking part in the Festival again this year!
Capital City Wind Band is part of Wellington Symphonic Incorporated and is for musicians of all ages and levels, with a wide range of ages. The band enjoys performing a wide range of music from classical standards to great film and pop music. Mike Ashton is the new conductor for 2017 and comes to us with a wealth of experience conducting and playing in bands both here in NZ and overseas. This band’s players enjoy playing and performing, we enjoy having fun in a supportive environment with many either getting back into playing after a long break from their instrument or mastering a new instrument.
Concord Concert Band is comprised of primarily junior music students from Lindisfarne College and Hasting Girls’ High School. It was formed to allow our younger and less experienced players the opportunity to perform with a band and to give them a stepping stone into the senior Concord Symphonic Band. Participating in National and Provincial band festivals is an important part in building skills and confidence levels in these young musicians. This is the thirteenth consecutive National Festival that the band has attended and the ninth under the direction of Mr. Matthew Wood, the H.O.D. Music at Lindisfarne College.
Concord Symphonic band comprises the more experienced young musicians from Hastings Girls’ High School and Lindisfarne College in Hastings, Hawke’s Bay. Concord Symphonic Band attends a number of festivals each year around the North Island
Dio Concert Band has existed for many years but has been directed by Andrew Uren over the last two years. The Dio Concert Band performs in its annual showcase concert held at Holy Trinity Cathedral, proms concert and the KBB band competition where it scored a Silver and Gold the last two years. Recently the band has been exploring performances with live film, most recently works by the acclaimed animated director, Hayao Miyazaki. This is the first time Dio Concert Band has performed in the NZCBA Festival.
Eastern Stars Concert Band has been operating for over 20 years and consists of a Concert Band(MD Mikee Bisquera), Youth Band(MD.Sam Uatahausi) and Cadet Band (MD Barrie Turner) made up of about 100 playing members ranging in age from 7 – 70 years. The bands regularly participates in music festivals, public concerts, Anzac events, Christmas parades, retirement villages etc.
Hibiscus Coast Concert Band is a brand new community venture, with members of all ages (from 15 year old college students to people whose ages shouldn’t be mentioned!) Anyone can join and so we have players of all ability levels. We perform at local community events and retirement homes. We enjoy meeting fortnightly to chat, drink coffee and play the odd bit of music. We are very grateful to the support we have had from Orewa College, who provide a place for us to rehearse, and to West City Concert Band and Auckland University bands for the loan of some of our repertoire.
James Cook High School Concert Band started in mid 2014, as a junior concert band. Today, it consists of students from Year 9 to 11 students. The Concert Band is a unique ensemble, which consists of woodwind, strings, brass , percussion and three bass guitarists. It is a non-audition band, which encourages everyone to participate and excel as best as they can within the ensemble. JCHS Concert Band has routinely performed at KBB Music Festivals, winning the Peter Goddard Memorial award in 2014 and Joyce Fisher Mentoring Award in 2016. It is The JCHS Concert Band’s first time participating at NZCBA Festival. We are very thrilled to be here in order to learn and to share our music with you all.
Kerikeri High School Concert Band has been running for about four years, starting with a very small group of wind players. We have students from Year 7 – 12 involved, practicing once a week after school. Everyone is very excited to be attending this New Zealand Concert Band Festival for the first time.
Long Bay College Concert Band brings together students from years 9 – 13 and rehearses weekly toward school concerts and festivals, as well as spending a weekend at Shakespeare Lodge in Whangaparaoa on their annual band camp. Our aim is to enjoy working together as a team and developing our skills, and to play a wide range of music to the best of our ability.
Macleans College Senior Concert Band is one of the college’s premiere groups performing at a variety of school and public events throughout the year. They rehearse weekly on a Wednesday evening and have a successful history competing at both regional and national events.
Macleans College Symphonic Band are a development group for the Macleans Senior Concert Band. They rehearse weekly on a Tuesday afternoon and perform at school events throughout the year.
Manukau Academy Concert Band started in 2015 as a small group of MCBers getting together to try new instruments and have a good laugh at ourselves. From there, it grew from a desire to make the fun, camaraderie, and musical experience we’d found in MCB available to everyone, and was given a boost by a generous donation from the Lotteries Commission. The band now has members ranging from youths and adults learning their very first instruments, to more experienced musicians trying something new, to “lapsed” musicians rediscovering music after decades away. We pride ourselves on being the bestest-estest (at not taking ourselves too seriously), and we welcome anyone who’s keen to get in there and give it a go!
Manukau Concert Band is a community band with a membership of 40 to 45 musicians. The members come from all over Auckland. We are very involved in the Manukau community, playing at ANZAC Day Services and Santa Parades. We present formal concerts up to five times a year. Concerts may include visiting groups, other community ensembles and special guests. The repertoire of Manukau Concert Band ranges from popular marches and show tunes to light classical pieces and music composed for concert bands. MCB regularly presents New Zealand premieres of exciting and challenging new compositions for wind band.
North Shore Concert Band is a community band based on Auckland’s North Shore. Next year the band will celebrate its 40th anniversary and is proud to still have some founding members. Members range in age from their 20’s to their 80’s and come from all walks of life to rehearse together once a week throughout the year. Our aim is to give amateur musicians an opportunity to make music together and improve their musicianship, and to put on regular performances for the wider community.
North Shore Youth Symphonic Wind Band is a multi-award winning concert band based on Auckland’s North Shore. The band’s primary focus is on providing an environment in which young brass, woodwind and percussion players can learn and excel at fun and challenging music, alongside experienced conductors and talented fellow members. The band competes regularly in events such as this NZCBA Festival and stages regular community concerts. It covers a broad spectrum of musical levels and a large selection of symphonic repertoire, ranging from detailed symphonic works, to popular show and movie themes, and everything in between!
Orewa College Symphonic Band is in its second year of existence. It was formed to give students who had been learning an instrument for a relatively short time the experience of playing in a concert band and help to hone their skills and prepare them for entry into the senior band. Ages range from 12 to 15 years and they rehearse for one hour a week after school. Most of the students have come through the college band project and have lessons in school. The band has performed at festivals and for the local community. They enjoy performing a mix of jazz music, and pieces written specifically for concert band.
Orewa College Concert Band has been in existence in its present form since the year 2000. Since 2016 it has been an audition only band consisting mainly of the senior college students. Most members have learnt their instrument as part of the school itinerant scheme. The band rehearses once a week after school, focussing on a mixture of popular music and compilations, to pieces specifically written for the concert band.
Pukekohe High School Senior Concert Band is made up of auditioned players from years 9 to 13. Each year they play at the Matamata, KBB and NZCBA festivals and perform regularly in the local community. This is the seventh year the band has attended NZCBA Festival and they are excited to be visiting Whangarei for the first time. The band aims to play quality pieces in differing styles from both the contemporary and more traditional repertoire, giving the students a varied range of experiences in differing musical genres.
Sacred Heart College Premier Concert Band formed at the beginning of 2017. Premier Concert Band members set a goal to play in perfect pitch at least every second week of the year. The brass section members like to regrip their instruments and pretend they are playing electric guitars. The woodwind section dreams of holding a concert on a plane and the percussion players like to play the rhythm of Bolero along the Star Wars main theme. The band thoroughly enjoys a good pasta dish served with a lettuce salad dressed with balsamic vinegar halfway through the rehearsal, however that usually never happens.
St. Peter’s College Senior Concert Band is the centre of the music life of the St. Peter’s College community. All our music programmes are centred towards this group that provides a training ground for the St. Peter’s College Jazz band, Orchestra and Chamber Music programme. Senior Concert Band continuously performs at KBB Festival, NZCBA Festival and international festivals where they regularly achieve Gold Awards and are highly praised for their exciting performances.
Tauraroa Area School Concert Band. Ko Tangihua Te Manga, Ko Tauraroa Te Awa. South west of Whangarei, nestled in the green meadows at the base of bush covered Tangihua Mountains, close by the sparkling Tauraroa River lies Tauraroa Area School. If you visit the school any Wednesday you will hear the tuneful sounds of flutes, clarinets, trumpets and saxophones carrying across the farmland as the Tauraroa Concert Band practices under the watchful eye of Musical Director Kathleen Mulligan. This school understands the benefit of music making to the well being of its students with a well stocked library, growing inventory of instruments, great practise rooms and very supportive HOD and principal. TAS…. a great little school, with a great little concert band!
The Auckland Uni Concert Band is a student-lead band made up of students from all faculties of the University. From engineers to criminologists and everyone in between, we meet on a Monday evening after a full day of classes to make some awesome music. Founded in 2013, this band has gone from strength to strength, attending NZCBA Festival for the previous three years, achieving successes as a band and with soloists and ensembles from within the group.
Waikato Youth Symphonic Band was formed in 1988 by Stewart Stanbridge who is completing his 30th year as conductor. The band aims to provide opportunities for keen young musicians to develop their skills in a setting where the quest for constant improvement is important. Players are unauditioned. They mainly come from high schools in the Hamilton and wider Waikato areas. A few are involved in tertiary education and one or two are new members of the workforce. There is an emphasis on enjoyment – especially through meeting the challenges brought by repertoire that makes demands and ultimately extends playing skills. Festival performances are an important part of our year. We welcome this opportunity to perform.
Wellington City Concert Band was formed in 2011 and is Wellington’s largest community symphonic band with over 50 musicians. The band performs challenging music at a high standard and gives several community concerts a year performing a range of music including classical transcriptions, jazz, swing, and modern symphonic works. Whilst fun and social, the band works hard to achieve excellence in playing with many semi-pro musicians attracted to join as well as the top school aged wind, brass and percussion players of all ages.
Established in 1976, West City Concert Band is one of Auckland’s premier wind ensembles, and has maintained a strong presence in the West Auckland community. The band provides an environment for local musicians to join together and experience learning opportunities with friendly people, giving a sense of high achievement both on and off the stage. West City Concert Band has over 50 musicians from a diverse range of backgrounds, experience and skill levels who wish to keep up with their music. They meet once a week, rehearsing Wednesday night at Laidlaw College, Henderson.
West City Youth Concert Band was established in 2015 with the purpose of providing a place for students to belong and feel valued for their musical talents. Under the guidance of conductor Matthew Stenbo and West City Concert Band, the band aims to foster growth in music and character, while supporting musical education within our West Auckland communities. Students across Auckland are invited to join the band at their rehearsals on Monday nights during school term, from 6.30pm at Laidlaw College, Henderson.
Whangarei Youth Music Concert Band consists of players aged from 14 to mature adults. We practice each Friday afternoon at the Old Library Building. Whangarei Youth Music are the custodians of this historic building and it is fast becoming recognized as a Performing Arts Hub. We are proud to be able to bring the performing arts together in Whangarei and to host NZCBA Festival 2017. WYM like to make public performances when at all possible and will enjoy being part of Festival.