Festival 2018 – Wellington

Hosted by Wellington Symphonic Bands, the 2018 NZCBA Festival will be August 17 – 19, 2018. It will take place at Wellington College.

We are pleased to announce our first adjudicator.

Paula Crider

Paula Crider has an impressive teaching pedigree.  She was the first female in Texas to serve as director of bands at a class 5-A high school; she works with the National Band Association Young Conductor/Mentor Program, Conn-Selmer, and the Midwest Clinic Board; she is a Past President of the National Band Association and American Bandmasters Association. In addition, she is Professor Emerita at The University of Texas, where she was twice awarded for distinguished teaching.

We are very honoured to have her joining us in Wellington!

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Competition Category Set Piece

(Bands eligible for this category have earned Gold at least once in the past three Festivals.)

“EXULTATION” by Philip Sparke

Duration 3.06 minutes
Price US$98.00
Catalogue No:10335805
Grade 4ish

Philip Sparke describes the piece thus:

Exultation was commissioned by the Japanese concert band, Musee d’Art Harmonie to celebrate their 10th Anniversary in 2009. The first performance was given on June 6th in their anniversary year.

The piece is a short and energetic concert opener which is almost palindromic in form and begins in fanfare style, juxtaposing 3/4 and 6/8 rhythms in almost Latin style. This introduces the main theme on euphonium, horns and saxophones which has a ‘blues’ tinge and is underpinned by alternating 3/4 and 6/8 rhythms. After a short bridge passage, a second theme appears which is short and spiky and played by the bass instruments of the band. This is taken up by the whole ensemble and leads to a central more lyrical theme, appearing first on trumpet and then on woodwinds. The staccato second theme reappears which leads back to the ‘blues’ melody which reintroduces the opening fanfare to bring the work to a close.


Other details will become available as planning progresses.