Next Concert Band Weekend: Oct 2-4 2020

Concert Band Weekends are for musicians of any age, playing level at grade 3 to 4 concert band music/grade 5 exams.  Indulge in three days of music making with a musical director who is famous in New Zealand.  Cost is kept to $60 which includes snacks.  Each weekend starts on Friday at 7pm and ends on Sunday after a concert.

 NZCBA Band Weekend 2020     Whangarei October 2 – 4

[This is in the middle weekend of the October school holidays]

Band Weekend 2020 is hosted by Whangarei Youth Music.

Venue: Old Library on Rust Avenue Venue is walking distance to restaurants, accommodation and the town centre.

Who: Players of wind, brass, bass guitar and percussion are welcome to register. This weekend brings to together people of all ages from all over New Zealand who share a love of playing concert band music.

Musical Director: Simon Brew is our MD.  He’s been MD of our wonderful New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds and is past Director of Music for the RNZAF Band.  Simon is a saxophonist with regular solo, chamber and orchestral engagements both at home and overseas. He graduated from the ArtEZ Conservatorium, Netherlands, with a Master in classical saxophone where he won the prestigious Grachten Festival Conservatorium Competition and the Artez Kunstnacht Competition. Simon performs regularly as principal saxophonist for NZSO and Orchestra Wellington.  He currently collaborates with the AXES Saxophone Quartet, both premiering new works or reimagining  old ones. This has led to performances in the Netherlands, Scotland, Australia and NZ. He currently teachers classical saxophone at the New Zealand School of Music where he also conducts various small ensembles. 

Playing level required: Concert Band Weekend is for players at grade 3 to 4 band music level eg about grade 5+ in exams.   You’ll meet on Friday evening, rehearse throughout the weekend, share a dinner & brunch together, and present a concert at 5pm on Sunday evening. You’ll play music, meet new music friends, confirm friendships with old friends, and have a wonderful weekend working with our MD, TBA.

Copies of music parts to be played during the weekend will be available on a google drive in early September for all those who have registered and paid.  (This to be confirmed)

Cost for the weekend is $60. This includes morning and afternoon teas. Please pay by mid September to NZCBA bank account. 03-0642-0745055-002 (or 02) [ Include your Initial & Last Name, your Instrument   eg V. Loud Tuba

Please note: family concessions can be arranged as can student/unwaged prices.  We’d rather have you there than have you miss out due to funds.

Band Weekend Schedule (this may be subject to slight changes)

Friday October  2         7- 9pm         Registration and play through music

Saturday October 3       9am to 12.30pm         Rehearse

12.30pm                      Lunch

1.30- 5pm                    Rehearsal

5.30pm                        Dinner

7.30pm -9pm              Rehearsal

Sunday October 4          9am – 11:30am            Rehearsal

11.30- 1pm    Lunch/Free time

2-3 pm                  Concert – black & white dress code

Register now!