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 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 usually concludes with a gala concert.
2021 14 to 18 July
National Championship at the Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre, Michael Fowler Centre and Opera House, Wellington.
Contact Contest Manager firstname.lastname@example.org or Wellington Contest Committee chairman Mike Sander: email@example.com
Interested in hosting the 2023 National Championships in the top half of the North Island? Contact the Contest Manager firstname.lastname@example.org Applications to host this contest close on Monday 31 August 2020
2020 National Championships
Planning to compete at the 2020 National Championships in Christchurch in July? Please email the Contest Manager (Helen Lee) at email@example.com to register your interest.
Tuesday 10 March
Announcement of the test music for band and Open solos.
Release of the contest entry forms.
Saturday 9 May
Closing date for contest entries
Wednesday 24 June
Release of the Draw for all events
Draft schedule of contest events
Wednesday 8 July
Events from 9.00am. Solos for Under 15 groups, Juniors, Masters and Open Slow Melody. All percussion events – Open, Junior and Under 15 solos and Ensemble. All Open ensembles.
Junior Champion of Champions 4.30pm. Invitation Slow Melody 8.00pm
Thursday 9 July: From 9.00am - Open solos including Open Own Choice event and Junior Ensembles. Open Champion of Champions from 7.30pm
Friday 10 July: Sacred or Reflective item and test selection for A, B and C Grades. Street March for all grades
Saturday 11 July: Own Choice selection for A, B and C Grades. Championship results announced. D Grade and Youth Grade events. Championship results announced.
Sunday 12 July: 2.00pm Gala Concert