About Festival

The NZCBA Festival is an annual event which provides performance opportunities for Concert Bands, Ensembles and Soloists, along with workshops to educate, stimulate and upskill band musicians and conductors.  

It is an event where concert band members can join with other similarly minded musicians and immerse themselves in concert banding for a whole weekend.   It is a great social and networking experience, and we encourage bands to stay for the whole event to make the most of the opportunities provided.

The event is a festival rather than a competition.   Bands, ensembles, and soloists are adjudicated and given constructive feedback on their performances.  At the end of the weekend, they are awarded gold, silver, or bronze plaques or certificates based on the report rubric NZCBA provides the adjudicators, where the focus is on making beautiful music whatever the grade of the repertoire, rather than degree of difficulty. 

The festival is usually held in a different city each year.   All bands are welcome, including non-members and overseas bands, however member bands receive a 10% discount on performance entry fees.  Workshops are free.

Festival 2022 – Hamilton

The 2022 festival is being held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on the University of Waikato campus.  It will run for three days from Friday to Sunday (5th-7th August), with the prizegiving being held in early or mid-afternoon on the Sunday.   Planning is underway, and we will update our website and facebook pages as more detailed information becomes available.