In February 2005, a group of musicians and conductors came together to discuss the possibility of the formation of an independent wind band in Hawke’s Bay, and as a result Bay Cities’ Symphonic Band was born. The task of conducting the Band has been shared in the main by John Snowling, former Director of Music at Lindisfarne College Hastings, and Brian Kennedy, an experienced bandsman and past Bandmaster of the Napier Salvation Army.
In addition to presenting concerts around the district, the Band encourages school bands to become more involved, by holding joint concerts whenever possible. Each year the Band attends a number of events such as The Hawke’s Bay Festival of Bands, The Feilding Band Festival, The National Concert Bands Festival and visits to other towns outside of the district. The Band has been very successful and had attained several Gold and Silver Awards.
We are a community organisation with members ranging in age from high school music students to senior citizens. We encourage young players in the Band and offer a sense of belonging whilst they learn about commitment and respect, and improve their musical skills. We share a passion for promoting quality wind band music throughout Hawke’s Bay. We strive for musical excellence whilst encouraging friendship and camaraderie.
Musical Director: Simon Brew
Band Manager: Helen Quaggin-Molloy
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Category: Community Band
Wellington City Concert Band was formed in 2011 and is Wellington’s largest community symphonic band with over 50 musicians. The band performs challenging music at a high standard and gives several community concerts a year performing a range of music including classical transcriptions, jazz, swing, and modern symphonic works. Whilst fun and social, the band works hard to achieve excellence in playing with many semi-pro musicians attracted to join as well as the top school-aged wind, brass and percussion players of all ages.
Musical Director: Barry Wasson
Category: School Band
Auckland Grammar School Premier Concert Band is one of the oldest school Concert Bands in New Zealand. We aim to perform an interesting mixture of traditional and new works and have enjoyed a four year collaboration with NZ composer David Hamilton. The band has won two ‘Best Performance of a NZ Work’ awards since 2014 at the KBB festival playing commissioned works from Mr. Hamilton.