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. 

Contest Results

Upcoming Dates

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

BBANZ and 2021 Festival of Brass contest committee are very much looking forward to staging our national championships at the Christchurch Town Hall. The band test music is:

A Grade: Of Men and Mountains by Edward Gregson. Available from Just Music JM31158
B Grade: Temperamental by Fendall Hill. Purchase from
C Grade: Fanfares by David Woodcock. Purchase from
D Grade: 1953 by Fraser Bremner. Purchase from

Correction to the Open Euphonium test solo: Slavonic Fantasy also known as Slavische Fantasie (Carl Hohne) Publisher: EMR

Please email the Contest Manager, Helen Lee with any inquiries 


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