Festival 2017 – Whangarei

Hosted by the fabulous Whangarei Youth Music at Forum North, the 2017 Festival featured a range of new workshops. A significant number of the bands were attending for the first time. The band performances were livestreamed around the world by Brassbanned. The band adjudicators were David Bremner (Principal Trombone of NZSO) and John Snowling (NZCBA Life Member), and the solo/ensemble adjudicators were Clare Penny (woodwind) and Jillian Christoff (brass).

A significant change for 2017 was the introduction of soloist categories (School, Tertiary, and Open). The Spirit of the Festival award was awarded for the first time, to James Cook High School Concert Band. The competitive category had five entrants in 2017.

An absolute highlight of the weekend was the prizegiving premiere of an Anthony Young piece, Sacred Breath – Turbulent Ocean, presented by a combined band including NZYSW, Whangarei Youth Music Concert Band, and WYM “Sistema kids”.

Results

Special Awards

Spirit of the Festival
James Cook High School Concert Band

The Robert Lutt Award for the Outstanding Festival Band
West City Concert Band

Robert Lutt Trophy for Best Performance of a Piece by a Band
West City Concert Band – City Trees by Mark Markowski

Competition Category:

  • 3rd Place: University of Auckland Concert Band
  • 2nd Place: Macleans College Senior Concert Band

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

Bands

AGC Parnell Senior Concert Band Bronze
Auckland Grammar School Premier Concert Band Gold
Baradene Concert Band Silver
Capital City Wind Band Bronze
Concord Concert Band Bronze
Concord Symphonic Band Silver
Dio Concert Band Silver
Eastern Stars Concert Band Bronze
Hibiscus Coast Concert Band Silver
James Cook High School Concert Band Silver
Kerikeri High School Concert Band Silver
Long Bay College Concert Band Bronze
Macleans College Senior Concert Band Gold
Macleans College Symphonic Band Silver
Manukau Academy Concert Band Bronze
Manukau Concert Band Gold
North Shore Concert Band Bronze
North Shore Youth Symphonic Wind Band Gold
Orewa College Concert Band Silver
Orewa College Symphonic Band Bronze
Pukekohe High School Senior Concert Band Silver
Sacred Heart College Premier Concert Band Bronze
St Peter’s College Senior Concert Band Gold
Tauraroa Area School Concert Band Bronze
University of Auckland Concert Band Gold
Waikato Youth Symphonic Band Gold
Wellington City Concert Band Gold
West City Concert Band Gold
West City Youth Concert Band Silver
Whangarei Youth Music Bronze

 

Solo and Ensembles

Winner of Solo Categories:

  • School Student: Morgan Lacey – Clarinet – Manukau Concert Band/NZYSW
  • Tertiary Student: Esther Hunter – Flute – University of Auckland Concert Band/NZYSW
  • Open: Linda Hart Filimoehala – Euphonium – North Shore Youth Symphonic Winds

 

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

  • Ashley Mansell – Trumpet- Tauraroa Area School Concert Band

 

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

  • West City Sax Quartet

Festival Bands 2017