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: Celia Liu
Category: School Band
James Cook High School Concert Band started in mid 2014, as a junior concert band. Today, it consists of students from Year 9 to 11 students. The Concert Band is a unique ensemble, which consists of woodwind, strings, brass , percussion and three bass guitarists. It is a non-audition band, which encourages everyone to participate and excel as best as they can within the ensemble. JCHS Concert Band has routinely performed at KBB Music Festivals, winning the Peter Goddard Memorial award in 2014 and Joyce Fisher Mentoring Award in 2016. They were awarded the inaugural NZCBA “Spirit of the Festival” award in 2017.
Musical Director: Mary Lin
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7.30am – 8.30am in auditorium
Category: School Band
Baradene Concert Band is a selected group of musicians from the college, years 9-13, with boys from Sacred Heart College supporting in the brass section. We play a wide range of repertoire which the bands enjoy, and the band actively participates in the community events as well as fundraisers and visits to local resthomes.