In August the Wellington Symphonic Bands - Wellington City
Concert Band and the Capital City Wind Band - are competing for the
first time in the NZ Concert Band Festival in Whangarei. We'll
compete against other bands from around NZ and take part in
This Boosted Campaign is to raise money to help those members of
the band who are unable to afford the full cost of taking part in
the Festival. The costs include airfares to Auckland, bus fares
from Auckland to Whangarei including the transport of instruments,
and accommodation in Whangarei.
Thanks for your support!
About the Wellington City Concert Band
The WCCB provides opportunities for woodwind, brass and percussion
players of all ages with intermediate (grade 5+) to advanced
skills. Players currently range from college students to 70 year
old members. The band is very accepting of players with
disabilities and at least 3 players, including our fabulous piccolo
player Julia who's guide dog Kerry is also part of the band.
Developing young people is an important element of the band's
WCCB was founded 6 years ago and has grown from 10 to more than
55 players and is now good enough to play in national festivals and
competitions. Last year we were thrilled to win the prize for the
best performance of a piece at the 2016 Wellington Band and
Orchestra (WeBO) Festival. International adjudicator Doctor Rich
Roberts said: "Exceptionally fine, one of the best performances I
have ever heard of this piece (El Camino Real)".
The band focuses on the concert band repertoire including
marches, symphonic pieces and more popular works including jazz big
band repertoire. The conductor is Simon Brew who is a brilliant
professional saxophonist, conductor and also Director of Music for
the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band.
To hear more of our performances visit:
Capital City Wind Band (CCWB)
The Capital City Wind Band has grown out of the WCCB Foundation
Band to become an all-comers band for beginners to intermediate
players (grades 3 to 6) of all ages. The band gives players the
opportunity to play a variety of music from arrangements of
classics and popular music to music from shows and easier concert
band pieces. The conductor is Mike Ashton who has a wealth of
experience conducting and playing in bands in NZ and overseas.
4 MONTHS AGO
We have reached our goal!!
Thank you to all those who have helped us achieve this. We are very grateful to you for your support. The band heads up to Whangarei able to participate thanks to you all.
We still have 2 days to go so any of you who would still like to make a donation it will be very much appreciated.
We're nearly there
5 MONTHS AGO
Fantastic result so far (85%). Only 6 days to go to achieve our target of $3000. Do help us make it. Every donation counts. Spread the word,tell your friends. It means a lot to the members of the band some of whom will be participating for the first time in such an event.
Into Our Second Week
5 MONTHS AGO
We've been going for only a week and already up to 59%. What a fantastic start thanks to our wonderful supporters. Keep spreading the word. Pass on the link to our campaign to your friends.
The band is busy practising for the Festival and even looking at new music for our October concert.
Here's another video with tenor sax solist Richard Jones playing Embraceable You by George and Ira Gershwin .