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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. 

Upcoming Dates

2020 8 to 12 July
Festival of Brass at the Town Hall Complex, Christchurch
Contact Contest Manager bbanzeo@gmail.com or Christchurch Liaison person Stephen Leader leader14@slingshot.co.nz

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 bbanzeo@gmail.com or Wellington Contest Committee chairman Mike Sander: mtsander007@gmail.com

2022 18 to 17 July
Dunedin’s Festival of Brass at the Dunedin Centre, Dunedin.
Contact Contest Manager bbanzeo@gmail.com or Dunedin Contest Committee secretary James Duncan:  93jamesduncan@gmail.com

Interested in hosting the 2023 National Championships in the top half of the North Island? Contact the Contest Manager bbanzeo@gmail.com 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 bbanzeo@gmail.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 


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