NZCBA Festival 2022 Hamilton

August  6 -7

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton.

NZCBA Festival 2022 Hamilton – August 6 -7th 

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton. 

NZCBA Festival 2022 Hamilton is being held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts on the University of Waikato campus. It will run for two days over Saturday and Sunday 6 – 7th of August. Bands will perform on Saturday, with band workshops and solo/ensembles running concurrently. 

Conducting workshops, instrument and other workshops, and the AGM will be held on Sunday morning. Prizegiving being held either late Sunday morning or early in the afternoon in early or mid-afternoon on the Sunday. 

The Festival programme will be in the same format as previous Festivals. Band performances should be no more than approximately 20 minutes (each time slot is 30mins including getting on and off stage), Solo, and Ensemble time slots are 10 minutes each. 

We are thrilled to confirm that Kevin Cameron is able to be with us again to run Band Workshops. They have proven to be very popular at past festivals. 

Click here to Register for Festival. Note that you can also register as an individual or small group for solo or ensemble performances if your whole band is not attending. There is no requirement to be an NZCBA member or member of a band to participate. 

The fees for Festival are unchanged: Bands $28.75/member up to 30 members, then $17.25 for additional members. Solos $11.50, Ensembles $17.25. Invoices will not be sent out until early June after registrations close. Prices are GST inclusive. 

When registering you will be asked for number of playing band members and number of solos/ensembles. We understand that you may not know this with a high degree of accuracy. Please enter what you think is likely and this can be easily updated until registrations are closed. We encourage you to register early as this makes scheduling a less challenging task. 

For any questions your primary contact is Graham Trail at

Click here for festival rules and guidelines. 

Click here to become an NZCBA member band. There is no joining fee and we would encourage all bands to join. 

“All-Comers Festival Band” – A new initiative!

There are a number of musicians who will wish to participate in festival but whose band may not be attending. So this year we are offering those musicians an opportunity to come to festival and be part of a band that will be led by the inimitable Simon Brew! Music will be provided in digital form in advance for practice purposes, and there will be two rehearsals on Fri 5th at 4.30-6.00pm and 7.00-8.45pm, and an adjuducated performance on the Saturday. These musicians are also welcome to enter the solo or ensemble sections at festival. Entry to the band will be $28.75 per person. Solos and ensembles fees will apply separately. Initially entry will only be available to “orphan” musicians, but after May 31st it will be open to all musicians. Numbers may need to be limited of registrations exceed stage capacity! 

Registration for this band should be by directly emailing Graham Trail at Please provide your name, instrument, and an indication of level of musicianship. All levels of players are welcome. 

Festival COVID requirements

Under level Orange only Public facing Festival volunteers are required to wear masks. This includes those at the public ticket guest and ushers and those selling food items. Masks are optional for audience, performers, and non-public facing volunteers. Unwell persons or Covid +ve persons should not attend 

Important dates: 

31st May – Registrations close, and invoices sent. 

30th June – Final date for payment. 

If for any reason a band decides they cannot attend, then a full refund of registration fees will be made (up to one month before festival), with a 90% refund if withdrawal is made up to one week before Festival. 

To help bands with accommodation the local host band Waikato Schools Symphonic Band has put together an excellent list of local options based on their research. Hamilton Accommodation