National Secondary Schools Brass Band of New Zealand

2018 National Secondary Schools’ Brass Band Application Information


Monday 8th October – Sunday 14th October


2018 looks set to be a very exciting year with the 19th annual NSSBB course being held in Christchurch, under Musical Director, Leigh Martin.


Leigh Martin is the Musical Director of Devon Hotel New Plymouth Brass, a position he has held since 2009.  He is a Life Member of New Plymouth Brass and has also been a member of Woolston Brass and North Shore Brass.  Leigh has won numerous Central Districts Junior and Senior Championship titles, was the National BBb Bass Champion in 1992 and 1996, and holds the record for the most second placings to Phil Johnston.  He has been a member of three National Youth Bands and eight National Bands.  He has been a brass tutor for National Secondary Schools’ Bands and National Youth Bands, and was the Assistant Manager of the 2018 National Youth Band.  Leigh served in the New Zealand Army Band from 2005 to 2009 and is a reserve musician in that band.  Leigh is a self-employed transport contractor in New Plymouth, allowing him time to be a brass music tutor in primary schools and to give private tuition.


Application Criteria

  • Players must attend a NZ Secondary School or be attending an equivalent educational institution

  • You do not have to be a member of a BBANZ affiliated brass band

  • Players must be of a minimum grade/skill of grade 4 (ABRSM, Trinity College etc.)

  • All brass instruments are accepted e.g. Trumpets, French Horns (preferably with an Eb crook), Trombones (will need to read treble clef, except for Bass Trombone)

  • Percussionists are encouraged to apply; however, the ability to read music is essential.


The course fee is $220 ($250 if paid after the due date) and must be paid in full to the Brass Band Association of New Zealand by Monday 24 September 2018. Band members are to arrange and pay for their own travel to and from Christchurch.




As we did last year, the audition requirements for the 2018 National Secondary Schools’ Band and the 2019 National Youth Band have been aligned to make things a little easier for applicants – this means that if you wish to apply for both bands, you are able to do so using the same audition.  If you are planning to use the same audition for both bands, please note that as the bands are being managed separately, you will need to complete both application forms and submit your application and audition for each band as per the instructions on the application form.  As the 2019 National Youth Band is going to involve a tour to Queensland, the audition process for that band has been brought forward; Leigh has agreed to run the selection process for the NSSBB on a similar timeline to get early confirmation of the personnel for both bands.


Audition requirements


Brass players – please submit a video recording that has been recorded since 1 January 2018 of a slow melody and a technical piece of your own choice which you feel best demonstrates your musicianship and technique.


Percussion players – please submit a video recording that has been recorded since 1 January 2018 of:


Three pieces of your own choice, one on Drum kit/Snare Drum, one tuned percussion and one Timpani.


Technical requirements and submitting your audition


Please record with a decent recording device, using an iPhone or similar may hide the true qualities of your playing.  Audition recordings must be in either.avi or .mp4 formats, no other format is acceptable.


We would prefer auditions to be uploaded to Google Drive.  Upload your video to a folder (especially if it is multiple files) and share that folder, or upload to the public folder and share that link with  


If you are having any issues with this process, please contact Emily at 021 607 483 or


Alternatively you can post a Data DVD/CD (not a movie disc) or USB stick with your application.

The application form is to be completed in full and either posted to Emily Richards at PO Box 25153 Featherston Street, Wellington 6146 or emailed to by 20 April 2018.


Note from the Musical Director

Please be relaxed, and try to enjoy the audition process.  Be sure to record all the required audition material.  If you prepare well, the recording part will take care of itself.  I am very interested to hear your sound, sense of phrasing, time and intonation; the odd little mistake will not be held against you.  Be careful about your chosen tempi, and record everything at a speed in which you're more than comfortable playing.  I look forward to hearing all the audition tapes; I know how much hard work goes into preparing an audition, so thank you (in advance) for your effort, and good luck!

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