The New Zealand Concert Bands Association was incorporated on 13 October 1986 in Auckland. It was organized for the purpose of promoting the musical and educational significance of concert bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music.

The Association’s constitution includes the following objectives:

  • To promote the knowledge and love of music and good fellowship among members of concert bands throughout New Zealand
  • To assist in furthering musical education among concert bands and members of concert bands throughout New Zealand
  • To engage persons of recognized ability to undertake the coaching and training of concert band conductors and the advancement of concert band music generally
  • To advise and support bands

To achieve these objectives we:

  • Run an annual national Festival
  • Imbed learning opportunities in the Festival
  • Run New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds: the national youth concert band
  • Host Concert Band Weekends throughout the country

What is a Concert Band?

A concert band, also called wind band, symphonic band, symphonic winds, wind orchestra, wind symphony, wind ensemble, or symphonic wind ensemble, is a performing ensemble consisting of several members of the woodwind, brass, and percussion families of instruments.

A concert band’s repertoire includes original wind compositions, arrangements of orchestral compositions, light music, and popular tunes. Though the instrumentation is similar, a concert band is distinguished from the marching band in that its primary function is as a concert ensemble. The standard repertoire for the concert band does, however, contain concert marches.