The New Zealand Brass Band Championships is one of the world’s oldest music competitions. 

The first contest was held in the Christchurch Drill Hall on the 17th of April 1880 with an audience of 2500 people.  Six bands competed, and the audience chose the winner – the Invercargill Garrison Band, under the command of Captain W.E. Heywood.

These days the national contest is held annually in July over five days and includes Junior and Open solo and ensemble competitions, a Sacred Item/Hymn, Test selection and Own Choice selection for bands in each grade (A, B, C, D, and Youth), plus a Street March. The contest often concludes with a gala concert. 

Contest Results

Upcoming Dates

2023 5 to 8 July
Dunedin’s Festival of Brass at the Dunedin Centre, Dunedin.
Contact Contest Administrator or Dunedin Contest Committee secretary James Duncan:

2024 10 to 13 July
Pacific Festival of Brass at the Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, Auckland
Contact Contest Administrator or contest committee contact Owen Melhusih or 021 281 0405

2022 National Championships

Champion Brass Wellington City -  13 to 16 July 

New Zealand's capital is preparing to welcome brass bands to the heart of the city. Iconic concert venue the Michael Fowler Centre will host the A and B grade band events while Wellington College is the location for all the solo and ensemble events and C, D and Youth grade events.

The Chief Adjudicators are Kenneth Young and Mark Carter. 

Key dates:
Saturday 14 May: Closing date for solo and ensemble entries.
Wednesday 29 June: The draw for all events is released.
Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 July: Solo and ensemble events.
Friday 15 and Saturday 16 July: Band events.

Contact: Contest Administrator or Wellington Contest Committee chair Mike Sander:    029 773 1441


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