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The New Zealand Brass Band Championships is one of the world’s oldest running 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 with both junior and open solo competitions taking place on the first two days, followed by five sections of band events (A, B, C, D, and Youth Grades).

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


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