NZCBA Festival Awards

The Robert Lutt Award for the Outstanding Festival Band

Robert Lutt was….

This award recognises a band whose entire programme was outstanding. For some years it was lost, but in 2015 it was discovered in the back of a cupboard.

Recipients
1988 – Kings College Concert Band

1989 – Waikato Schools’ Symphonic Band

1990 – Waikato Schools’ Symphonic Band

1991 – Waikato Schools’ Symphonic Band

1993 – Auckland Wind Orchestra

1994 – Glenfield College Symphonic Band

2015 – Manukau Concert Band

2016 – North Shore Youth Symphonic Wind Band

2017 – West City Concert Band

Robert Lutt Trophy for Best Performance of a Piece by a Band

This award is granted to a performance of a piece which was truly remarkable (as opposed to an entire programme).

Recipients

2007 – Waikato Youth Symphonic Band (Eagle Bend, by James Barnes)

2008 – Manukau City Concert Band (Dancing at Stonehenge, by Anthony Suter)

2009 – North Shore Youth Symphonic Wind Band (Music for a Festival, by Philip Sparke)

2010 – New Plymouth Boys & Girls High Senior Band (Pulsation, by Richard Saucedo)

2011 – Macleans College (overall performance)

2012 – Waikato Youth Symphonic Band (overall performance)

2013 – Manukau Concert Band (overall performance)

2014 – Manukau Concert Band (TGV, by Steven Winteregg)

2015 – West City Concert Band (Blue Shades, by Frank Ticheli)

2016 – North Shore Youth Symphonic Wind Band (The Witch And The Saint, by Steven Reineke)

2017 – West City Concert Band (City Trees, by Mark Markowski)

The R & J Massey Adjudicator’s Award: For an outstanding performance by a soloist

R & J Massey were …

Recipients

2007 – James Hargest College

2008 – North Shore Youth Symphonic Wind Band

2009 – North Shore Youth Symphonic Wind Band

2010 – North Shore Youth Symphonic Wind Band

2012 – Michelangelo Bisquera (North Shore Youth Symphonic Wind Band)

2013 – Miladi Sextet (North Shore Youth Symphonic Wind Band)

2014 – Saxomaphones (Manukau Concert Band)

2015 – Alexander Eichelbaum & University of Auckland Saxophone Quartet (University of Auckland Concert Band)

2016 – Anna Cooper (University of Auckland Concert Band)

2017 – Ashley Mansell (Tauraroa Area School Concert Band)

The Royal New Zealand Navy Band Award for 1st place in the Competition Category

The Competition Category was a new, opt-in initiative in 2016, designed to challenge New Zealand’s highest-performing community bands. Sponsored by the Royal New Zealand Navy Band, this award is given to the band which receives the highest score for a programme consisting of a set piece, a march, a hymn, and a free choice.

Recipients
2016 – Manukau Concert Band

2017 – West City Concert Band

The Royal New Zealand Air Force Band Award: For an outstanding performance by an ensemble

Kindly sponsored by the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band, this trophy recognises an outstanding performance by an ensemble. It was first introduced in 2016.

Recipients

2016 – West City Sax Quartet

2017 – West City Sax Quartet

Spirit of the Festival

This award, introduced in 2017, recognises the achievement of new bands in attending Festival, and presenting themselves to their fullest potential.

Recipients
2017 – James Cook High School Concert Band