Festival 2018 – Wellington

Hosted by Wellington Symphonic Bands, NZCBA Festival 2018 Wellington will be August 17 – 19, 2018.

Bands will be performing from Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning. Prizegiving will be 12:30pm Sunday. (subject to change.)

Concert by Royal New Zealand Air Force Band Saturday 12:15. All bands welcome!

Registration is now closed.

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the venue is now Victoria University of Wellington.

Other details will become available as planning progresses.

Venue - Victoria University of Wellington

The NZCBA Festival will take place at Victoria University of Wellington: Student Union complex. Band performances are in the Memorial Theatre.  This facility is at Kelburn Campus, corner of Salamanca Rd and Kelburn Parade.

Draft Schedule

Friday 4:00 to 6:00pm
Friday 6:45 to 9:15pm

Saturday 9:00 to Noon
(RNZAF Concert 12:15pm)
Saturday 1:45 to 6:15pm
Saturday 7:00 to 8:30pm

Sunday 9:00 – 11:00am
Prize Giving: 12:30 Sunday

Adjudicators - Paula Crider

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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Percussion and Gear Supplied
· 4 x Pedal Timpani

· Concert Bass drum

· Snare drum

· Clash cymbals

· Suspended cymbals

· Tubular bells

· Vibraphone

· Xylophone

· Glockenspiel

· Marimba

· Drum kit

· Bass Amp

· Chairs and Music Stands

NOT SUPPLIED: leads, sticks, mallets, small percussion gear (triangle, tambourine, guiro etc)

RNZ Air Force Band - Saturday Lunchtime concert

The Royal New Zealand Air Force Band will be supporting the Festival with percussion and a brilliant concert at lunchtime (12:15pm) on Saturday: due to the size of the theatre, only participants will be able to enter the theatre.

Workshops - Band, Instrumental, Conductors

BAND WORKSHOPS:  We are offering the opportunity for bands to have a half hour workshop. This can be before or after your Festival performance, and the repertoire you play is up to the band to decide.  Education for players and conductors is at the heart of this initiative, and is based on models used in festivals around the world.

INSTRUMENTAL WORKSHOPS: Our popular instrumental workshops will be happening again in 2018, run by some of New Zealand’s most outstanding instrumentalists.

CONDUCTOR WORKSHOP: Dr Cynthia Houston, a colleague of adjudicator Paula Crider, has offered to run workshops for conductors!

Competition Category

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.