National Band of New Zealand

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First formed in 1953, the National Band of New Zealand has been assembled periodically since.

There have been twenty national and international tours visiting Great Britain, Canada, the United States of America, the Netherlands, France, Russia, Greece, Japan, China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia.


The National Band has thrilled millions of listeners and won rave notices from critics at many of the world’s foremost attractions.  Among the most notable of these events have been, the 1953 Coronation festivities in London, including a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, the Edinburgh Festival, New York’s World Fair, the Los Angeles County Fair, Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan, the Canadian National Exhibition, the 1974 and 1990 British Commonwealth Games, a joint concert with the New York Philharmonic in the Lincoln Centre, and Tattoos and Festivals throughout the world.


Contest successes include three times winning the Brass Band section of the Music Festival at the World Music Concourse in the Netherlands; winner of the International Band Festival in Toronto, Canada; first place in the British Open Championship at Belle Vue, Manchester and winning the Edinburgh Festival Brass Band Championship.  At the 1978 World Music Concourse the National Band of New Zealand was awarded three gold medals with distinction, the highest number ever awarded; and at the same competition in 1985 the National Band gained the highest points ever given and was accorded a standing ovation, not only by the capacity audience but also by the panel of international adjudicators. In 2017 the National band placed second at this international competition.


The highly professional standard attained by the National Band of New Zealand makes it difficult to realise that the members are mostly amateur musicians, selected from 50 community bands throughout the nation and representing all walks of life.


Our sincere thanks to the following organisations and individuals that supported the 2017 National Band with financial and logistical help during its preparation and performances at the World Music Contest, Kerkrade, Hong Kong and New Zealand.  


Seat sponsors: Dame Adrienne Stewart, the Acupuncturist Limited, New World Eastridge, Auckland Band Association, Canterbury Provincial Band Association, Otago Southland Band Association, Waikato BOP Band Association, Evan Sayer, Bill and Shirley McMorran, Jennifer Mulholland, the B-Tone syndicate (B Caldwell, D Smeehuyzen, E & R Edgecombe and H Lee), the trombone syndicate (T & B Cudby, D Miller, R McGavin and R Boyle), Eupho syndicate (T Kempton & E Moore), National Band syndicate (T&S Gooding, I Levien, R Sutton, L Green)  


Donation towards the commissioning of a piece of music in memory of Kevin Jarrett: Ian and Denise Levien, Tony Lewis, Janet Aldridge, Graham Hickman, NZ Army Band, Jonathan Wallace, McDonnell/Coleman Trusts, Riki and Rhys McDonnell, Brass Whanganui and the WNG Loan Finance & Investment Co.


Donations: sincere thanks to the Estate of Joan Norma Morris, Wellington District Band Association and Motueka District Brass for its donation.  Grateful thanks also to Riki and Rhys McDonnell who, through their business Brass Direct, kindly supplied every band member with a team polo shirt.  


Grant bodies: the Southern Trust, Mainland Foundation, First Sovereign Trust, the Wallace Foundation, Southern Victoria Charitable Trust, Pub Charity, Blue Sky Community Trust and Trust Aoraki.


Logistical support: The New Zealand Army Band and the Royal New Zealand Airforce Band, Marlborough Districts Band, Hamilton City Brass, the Auckland Band Association.


And to all the people who purchased recipe books and made a donation to the Boosted campaign.



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