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 sometimes concludes with a gala concert or workshops. 

Contest Results

Thank you to our sponsors and funders of the 2023 National Contest

2024 National Championships

10 to 13 July
Pacific Festival of Brass at the Due Drop Centre, Manukau City, Auckland.

Contact: BBANZ Contest Administrator Helen Lee 
or Will Kingi, Festival Coordinator/Community Outreach, Pacific Festival of Brass 2024 
021 289 6674

Tuesday 12 March: Test music announced, and contest entry forms available. 

Saturday 11 May 2024: Contest entries close.

Wednesday 10 July: The contest starts with Junior, Under 15 and Masters solos, Open Ensembles, all Percussion events, the Junior Champion of Champions and the Invitation Slow Melody.

Thursday 11 July: Open solos, Junior Ensembles and Slow Melody and Open Champion of Champions.  

Friday 12 July: The Street March. A, B and C Grade Sacred/Reflection Item and Test Piece and the Youth Grade band contest. 

Saturday 13 July: A, B and C Grade Own Choice selection and the results. D Grade band contest. 

2025 2 to 5 July                                                                  Festival of Brass at the Christchurch Town Hall complex. Contact Contest Administrator or contest committee chair Graham Hickman

Wellington - dates to be announced
Contact Contest Administrator or contest committee chair Mike Sander


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