Band & Orchestra Month is in

National Band & Orchestra Month August 2016

The NZ Concert Bands Association is proud to announce a world first.
In August 2016, we will be celebrating the very first Band and Orchestra Month. The month will celebrate and promote community and school concert, brass, jazz and orchestras of all levels.

What's On: BOMA Events

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Orchestras Unite

3rd Aug 2016 7:30pm at Michael Fowler Centre

The New Zealand School of Music Orchestra combines forces with the Wellington Youth Orchestra under the baton of conductor Kenneth Young.

Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto will feature soloist Lavinnia Rae, winner of the 2016 NZSM/WYO Concerto Competition. Lavinnia has been principal cellist of the Wellington Youth Orchestra since 2014, and is currently studying classical performance at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington.

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New Zealand Concert Bands Festival

New Zealand’s premier concert band festival in Gisborne. Open to concert bands from around New Zealand and the world!

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Christchurch’s premier high school jazz band competition.

For more details and to register visit the JazzQuest website

Kerepehi Brass Band

August 6.  2pm
Richmond Villas, Thames

Join with the Ohinemuri Singers and Kerepehi Brass Band to beat the winter blues with a fun filled concert. Admission $8



Auckland Symphony Orchestra: Film Classics

Under the baton of Musical Director Peter Thomas.

Sunday, August 7 at 2.30pm – Bruce Mason Centre
Sunday, August 14 at 2.30pm – Town Hall

Free Family Concerts!
For more details visit the Auckland Symphony website

Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival.

Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival is in it’s 12th year with college students from schools all over the South Island invited to attend in Public Performances, Master Classes and competitions throughout the week culminating in a Finale Gala Concert. This year the festival is held from Wednesday 10th – Saturday 13th of August. We are proud to have the CPIT Judges back to adjudicate and mentor the students throughout the week.

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Band Together

13 August at 7:30pm
Auckland Town Hall
301-303 Queen Street, Auckland

Band Together features three of the country’s largest and most awarded concert bands playing some of the very finest music of the genre. Between them, the bands currently hold the titles of best: program, individual piece, solo instrumental and chamber music performance at the New Zealand Concert Band Association National Festival.

The show will be a true symphonic spectacle of a scale rarely seen in New Zealand, with music ranging from the latest Star Wars film scores to evocative symphonic show pieces based on ghostly train rides and other vivid imagery. Many of the works will have been only recently premiered in the country.

Band Together will feature the West City Concert Band, known for giving creative, engaging performances of top tier works that entertain people of all ages. Manukau Concert Band will present a polished performance of their beautiful national festival program, while the University of Auckland Concert Band, the largest competing band in the country, brings students from all faculties together to put on an enthralling show.

Playing for the first time together in the Auckland Town Hall with the support of Auckland Live, this will be an historic display. If you enjoy live music and have never experienced bands like these, this is one event that you won’t want to miss!

Auckland Live website is as follows:
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Wellington Band and Orchestra Festival

Wellington’s celebration of community and school orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands, big bands and school bands. Open to ensembles from around New Zealand and the world!

St Patrick’s College, Silverstream, Wellington.

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KBB Music Festival

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland.

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Wellington Orchestra Festival 2016

A day of orchestral rehearsal and performance led by arranger and conductor Richard Oswin for senior primary and intermediate students.

For more details visit the MENZA website

The Philharmonic Society Orchestra presents a Free Family Concert

Sunday August 28th at 3pm
Mt Albert War Memorial Hall

A Community orchestra playing light, popular classical music.

All welcome – join us for afternoon tea and a chat with the musicians following our concert.
For further information contact Joanne 0211084040 or

Christchurch Big Band Festival

Put Labour weekend Oct 21-24, 2016 in your diaries – This is the 10 year anniversary of the ChCh Big Band Festival so it will be a fabulous time to be celebrating and enjoying live big band jazz music.

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How You Can Join In

  • Hold a concert for your orchestra, concert or brass band or jazz band

  • Host a workshop for young wind, string and/or percussion players

  • Host a seniors workshop for retired wind, string and/or percussionist who haven’t played since they were young

  • List your concert or event on the BOMA website using the form below

  • Make a “Hub” ensemble by inviting schools from around your area to come and play at a central school.

  • Have one of our team of conductors host a workshop at your school or community ensemble

  • Have an “Instrument Taster Test” Day at your school

  • Attend and participate in one of the Festivals listed on our website

  • Contact us for advice or support to your idea off the ground!

Proudly Supported By:

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New Zealand Concert Bands Festival

Festival: August 5-6, 2016


Wellington Band and Orchestra Festival

August 13-14, 2016


Christchurch Big Band Festival

Oct 21-24, 2016



August 5 - 7, 2016


KBB Music Festival

August 15 - 20, 2016


Band Together

Auckland Town Hall


Auckland Symphony Orchestra


Royal New Zealand Air Force Band


Royal New Zealand Navy Band


Brass Band Association of New Zealand

13 to 17 July 2016


Dalewool Youth Brass


Music Education New Zealand / Aotearoa



New Zealand School of Music



Dr Toot



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