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 band in each grade (A, B, C, D, and Youth), plus a Street March. The contest often concludes with a gala concert.
2022 13 to 17 July
National Championship at the Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre, Michael Fowler Centre and Opera House, Wellington.
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2023 5 to 8 July
Dunedin’s Festival of Brass at the Dunedin Centre, Dunedin.
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2021 National Championships
BBANZ and 2021 Festival of Brass contest committee are very much looking forward to staging our national championships at the Christchurch Town Hall, Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 July. It is free entry to all events expect for An Evening of Melody and Contrast in Brass. Contest programmes ($10) will be on sale at the Christchurch Town Hall from 14 July.
Wednesday 14 July at the Christchurch Town Hall and Salvation Army Christchurch City Corps. From 9.30am Solos for Under 15 groups, Juniors, Masters, and Open Slow Melody. All percussion events – Open, Junior and Under 15 solos and Ensemble from 10.00am. All Open brass ensembles and duets from 10.00am.
5.00pm Junior Champion of Champions.
8.00pm An Evening of Melody by invited soloists. https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=MELODY21
Thursday 15 July at the Christchurch Town Hall From 9.00am - all Open solos, Open Own Choice event and all Junior ensembles and duets and the Junior Slow Melody.
7.30pm Open Champion of Champions, James Hay Theatre, Christchurch Town Hall
Friday 16 July at the Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, Christchurch Town Hall, B Grades Sacred or Reflective item and test selection from 8.30am. A Grade Scared or Reflective item and test selection from 4.30pm.
1.00pm Parade of Bands/Street March for all grades around Victoria Square, Armagh and Colombo Streets.
At James Hay Theatre, Christchurch Town Hall, C Grade Sacred or Reflective item and test selection from 3.00pm
Saturday 17 July at the Douglas Lilburn Auditorium, Christchurch Town Hall B Grade Own Choice selection and results from 9.00am. A Grade Own Choice selection and results from 3.30pm.
At James Hay Theatre, Christchurch Town Hall, C Grade Own Choice selection and results from 8.30am. D and Youth Grade contest and results from 2.30pm
Sunday 18 July Festival of Brass church service at The Salvation Army Centre, 853 Colombo Street from 10.00am
Contrasts in Brass: the virtuosity of the National Band and the versatility of the New Zealand Army Band, 2.00pm at the James Hay Theatre, Christchurch Town Hall. Book at Ticketek. https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=CONTRAST21