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. 

Upcoming Dates

2021 14 to 18 July
Festival of Brass at the Town Hall Complex, Christchurch
Contact Contest Manager 

2022 13 to 17 July
National Championship at the Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre, Michael Fowler Centre and Opera House, Wellington.
Contact Contest Manager or Wellington Contest Committee chairman Mike Sander:

Dunedin’s Festival of Brass at the Dunedin Centre, Dunedin.
Contact Contest Manager or Dunedin Contest Committee secretary James Duncan:

2021 National Championships

The management committee of BBANZ is pleased to announce that the Chief Adjudicator for this contest is FLTLT David Gallaher, from Wellington and the Assistant Chief Adjudicator is Alan Spence, Whakatane.  

The band and solo test music will be announced and the entry forms released on Tuesday 16 March.
Contest entries will close on Saturday 15 May. 

BBANZ along with the 2021 Festival of Brass contest committee are very much looking forward the hosting our national contest at the Town Hall complex in Christchurch.  


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