NZCBA Band Weekend 2022 Katikati

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A weekend of fun-filled music making and friendship.

October 7 – 9 2022 from 7pm Friday til 2pm Sunday at Katikati College

Band weekend is aimed at musicians working at grade 3/4 band, or about grade 5 in exams. This event starts on the Friday evening, and culminates in the presentation of a concert on the Sunday afternoon. This weekend will involve lots of music making, with friends old and new, and the experience of working with our esteemed MD for the event, Beth Cohen. 

NZCBA would like to thank Eryl Raymond, John Kean and Katikati Concert Band for hosting this event.

Registrations will open in August. Cost of $60 includes morning and afternoon teas

Our Musical Director: Beth Cohen

Beth Cohen graduated in music from Brandeis University and earned a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Wisconsin (USA). She  worked for over 30 years throughout the New York City metropolitan area where she gained a reputation as an enthusiastic, energetic, and dedicated educator and conductor. 

Beth made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Manhattan Philharmonic and subsequently conducted the New American Chamber Orchestra, Inter Schools Orchestras of NY and Stevens University Orchestra.  Beth’s work as a conductor was highlighted on CBS News 60 minutes the New York Times Magazine and other national publications and reviewed by the New York Times. 

Beth is founding Music Director of the non-profit Youth Music Group and was CEO of the for-profit educational consulting company, Cohen Arts & Education.

Since emigrating to NZ, Beth has conducted Saint Matthews Chamber Orchestra, Dunedin Youth Orchestra, Christchurch School of Music Camerata Strings and ISO Orchestras, Canterbury Regional Schools Orchestra, Resonance Orchestra, APO “Play in South” and outreach concerts, and has served as orchestra and bands adjudicator of the KBB Music Festival. She currently serves as conductor of Christchurch’s Garden City Orchestra and Auckland’s Victorious March Band which recently earned Gold at Festival 2019 Auckland.  Beth is scheduled to guest conduct the Nelson Symphony Orchestra in 2023.

She has recently completed her PhD at the University of Canterbury entitled: “Classical music and audience engagement: Updating the Bernstein model”.

More about Beth’s work can be found at


The pieces we will play this weekend will be made available as a download when you register.

Please print your own parts.

  • Brookshire Suite James Barnes 
  • Centuria by James Swearingen
  • English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • American in Paris by George Gershwin
  • Four Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
  • Birdland by Josef Zawinul