Contest 2018 - Have we got news for you

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The Waitakere Auckland Brass Band is heading off to Blenheim for the Annual Brass Band National Championships. We need one last run through of all our material before heading off into the wintery South, and that’s where you, lovely audience, come in! 

The Details:

On Sunday 8th July we’ll be performing live at the New Lynn RSA at 3 pm.

Complimentary entry (FREE!)

We just need you to RSVP - please!

Interested? Grab a friend and register here:

It’ll be a full dress rehearsal so expect all bells and, well, cornets!

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Thanks to the New Lynn RSA

We’re hugely grateful to the RSA who’ve donated the use of the Grand Hall to us allowing the band to extend this act of generosity to the community by offering a free concert.

Annual Brass Band National Championships

Only world wars have interrupted the annual meeting of some of the worlds best brass bands over a 138 year period. From the 11th-15th July Blenheim will be alive to the sound of music! Follow the link here: if you’d like to read more about this competition that moves around New Zealand, allowing international visitors the chance to enjoy the spectacular sites after a day of competing.

But wait - there’s more!

This year, we’re thrilled to announce British cornetist, Tom Hutchinson from The Cory Band (one of the oldest and best-known brass bands in the world) will be joining us. This Besson artist travels the world performing and inspiring others through masterclasses. You really don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear this world-class performer while he’s in our neck of the woods.

Tom Hutchinson

As well as being Professor of Cornet at the Royal Welsh College of Music, Tom recently recorded his own solo album 'In Principal' featuring new compositions written for him. We look forward to Tom bringing the aims of the Cory Band (to create music that’s 'spine-tingling, moving and life-affirming’) to our very own RSA in New Lynn.


What you can expect to hear from the band

The band will perform the set test piece of music and their own choice. Plus, you’ll get to hear some of our soloists perform their chosen solo and duet pieces.

If you haven’t already….draw a huge red circle around the date 8th July and get booking now!

Not content to have just one world-class performer…..

We’re proud to have Fletcher Mitchell an Australian based euphonium soloist and Yamaha Performing Artist join us. Fletcher, who is also a Clinician, has travelled the world performing as a guest soloist. For the last 12 years Fletcher’s been a full-time euphonium player with the Royal Australian Navy Band so expect a stunning performance at the RSA!


Make an afternoon of it

Invite some friends along and enjoy a pre-concert lunch in the fantastic restaurant on site at the New Lynn RSA - you can book here, they’re open for lunch from 12 noon until 2:30 pm. Then join us for the concert and enjoy sipping a glass of something cold while we entertain you.

Thank you….

The band are thrilled to have Professional Musical Director Howard Taylor M.Mus leading the band for contest and would like to thank Resident Musical Director Grant Langdon for all his hard work preparing the band before handing over the baton to Howard.

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Thank you……

The band would also like to thank The Trusts Community Foundation whose support has enabled us to make the journey down to Blenheim to compete.

Thank you…..!

To you, our soon to be audience for coming along and supporting us.

Get your free tickets here:

If you’d like to read more about Waitakere Brass Band go to our about us page here


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