NZCBA Festival 2022 August 6-7

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at University of Waikato, Hamilton


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Awards for Bands

All-Comers Concert Band Gold
Auckland Grammar School Premier Concert Band Gold
Auckland Youth Symphonic Band Gold
Capital City Wind Band Silver
Eastern Stars Concert Band Silver
Manukau Concert Band Gold
New Plymouth Girls’ and Boys’ High Combined Concert Band Bronze
North Shore Winds Silver
North Shore Youth Symphonic Winds Gold
Orewa College Concert Band Bronze
St Kentigern Concert Band Silver
UniBand Bronze
Waikato Schools Symphonic Band Silver
Waikato Youth Symphonic Band Silver
Wellington City Concert Band Gold
West City Concert Band Gold
West City Youth Concert Band Silver

Special Solo and Ensemble Awards

Solo Awards
Best Soloist Student Category – Noam Adiv, Piccolo, Orewa College Concert Band
Best Soloist Tertiary Category – Tess Frazer, Alto Saxophone, Wellington City Concert Band
Best Soloist Open Category – Linda Filimoehala, Euphonium, North Shore Winds
Chris Johnson Solo Award – Megan Brownlie, Wellington City Concert Band
R & J Massey Trophy – Outstanding Performance by a Soloist – Tessa Frazer, Alto Saxophone, Wellington City Concert Band

Ensemble Awards
Bernard Watson Ensemble Award – Just the Two of Us (Wellington City Concert Band)
RNZAF Trophy – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble – Iris Quartet (Capital City CB)

Special Awards for Bands

Adjudicator’s Commendation

Bronze Band – Orewa College Concert Band conducted by David Popper
Silver Band – Waikato Youth Symphonic Band conducted by S Stanbridge and L Schumacher
Gold Band – Auckland Grammar School Concert Band conducted by Barry Wasson

Band Commendations
North Shore Winds conducted by Leah Munroe, Michelangelo Bisquera
Uniband conducted by Jono Palmer
New Plymouth Combined Girls’ and Boys’ High Concert Band for soloist, Anna Lee on baritone, and beautiful support by the band.

Special Performances
Excellent Performance of an Original Concert Band Work – Pilatus by North Shore Winds
Excellent Performance of an Entertaining Work – “Epic Gaming” by Waikato Schools Symphonic Band
Excellent Performance of a Work Arranged for a Concert Band – Sondheim by All Comers Concert Band

Most Engaging Soloist in a Band Performance – James North, Euphonium from Wellington City Concert Band

Major Band Awards
Spirit of the Festival Eastern Stars Concert Band conducted by Elsa Lam

David Chaulk Memorial Award (Best Performance of a NZ Work)
Manukau Concert Band – Jenny McLeod Three Celebrations arr by Tom Chester

Robert Lutt Trophy – Outstanding Performance of a Select Piece
“Twitch” by St Kentigern College

Royal NZ Navy Band Trophy – Outstanding Performance by a Band
West City Concert Band

General Information

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 all day Saturday and Sunday morning, with band workshops (with Dr Kevin Cameron) and solo/ensembles running concurrently. 

Instrument Workshops will be held on Sunday morning from 10:15am. More information about Workshops is here:

Prizegiving being held about noon on 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. 

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 Guidelines and Rules. 

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. 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 adjudicated performance on the Saturday at 5:50pm. 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

The venue is considered a public space and its policy is that masks must be worn. Obviously these can be removed for playing and eating. We want all our participants to feel safe and wish to mitigate the spread of Covid or any other nasty flu. Please stay away if you are sick.

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