Brass Band Association of New Zealand

National Youth Brass Band Australian Tour

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We're the National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand! We're selected by audition from brass and percussion players all over the country. It's a real honour to be a part of this band, and we work hard to achieve selection. What we really love about the band is that we put together a quality program of music, we play to appreciative audiences, and we have fun doing it!

What are we doing in 2019?
In January 2019, we are going to Australia! This is the first time the band has been overseas since we went to China in 2012, so we're really excited about being a part of this trip. We have one concert planned in Hamilton before we go, then we have a series of concerts in Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast.

How can you be part of our Tour?
The concert tour is costing each of us $2000. In order to reduce the cost to each individual, we would love to raise $10,000 from our supporters to go towards the accommodation and airfares.

Thank you so much for helping us on our journey. It's very much appreciated!


  • Thank You!


    Well the campaign ended on Friday night, and thanks to the support from all of our donors, we've made a significant hole in the individual cost of the tour for the members of the National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand. Your generosity is very much appreciated. On behalf of the band and management, Thank You!

    Thank You!
  • 24 Hours to go!


    Hi Everyone.  With one more day to go, we've passed the $10,000 mark. Remember that every dollar donated reduces the cost for the individual members. If you've been intending to contribute to the tour but have not yet done so, today (Friday) is the time to fo it! Thanks for all your support!

  • Only 5 days to go!


    HI Everyone. Needless to say we're all really excited about how the campaign is going, and we are so grateful to all if our supporters for the generous donations so far. Musical Director David Bremner has finalised the repertoire, which is made up of a mixture of the best of the music we've played over the last 3 years. Its going to be an exciting tour!

    We would love to get past the magic $10,000 mark. Only $830 to go! Please help us achieve our goal of reducing the cost to each member of the band!

    If you are anywhere near Whanganui on August 25th, there's a fundraising recital featuring band members Sarah Wright, Ethan Mancer and Jacob Mancer. It promises to be a great night!

    Only 5 days to go!
  • TCTC Group become Major Donors


    Fantastic news! TCTC Group have made a major contribution to our Tour.

    The CLINICAL TRIAL Company (ANZ) Pty Ltd, part of TCTC Group is delighted to be participating in the band’s fundraising, aiming to help youth to stay creative and encourage an environment of education inspired by the arts. TCTC Group is committed to supporting the local community and is also a proud sponsor of a Championship section Brass band in the UK, the TCTC Group Band. Check out the TCTC Group on their website:

    And the TCTC Group Band at 

    The campaign is still open for 9 more days. Remember that every dollar donated reduces the overall cost for each member of the band. With a total budget of in excess of $80,000, every little bit helps.

    TCTC Group become Major Donors
  • We've passed our target!


    Because of the generosity of all of our donors, we've passed the minimum $6000 taret that we set ourselves, with 10 days still to go!  The management and members of the band are very grateful to you all. Special shout outs to the Waikato Bay of Plenty Brass Band Association and  Eastern Bay of Plenty Brass for their large donations.

    Every dollar that is donated reduces the overall cost of the tour for the members of the band. We would love to reach $10,000 through this campaign, as it will make a significant difference to the players who work so hard to become members of the band.

    The campaign still has 10 days to go. Please click on the red DONATE button to be part of this tour!

    Heartfelt thanks from the members of NYBB 2019!

    Photo: Front Row, NYBB 2016.

    We've passed our target!
  • We've reached 70%!


    We're blown away by the generosity of our donors! We have 11 days to go and are well on track to achieve our target. We're booked to fly to Brisbane on Monday January 21st and will be in the area for a week. The concert schedule will be advertised as soon as it's finalised, but I can tell you that we'll be playing at the Salvation Army Temple in Brisbane on the evening of Tuesday 22nd and in Toowoomba on Wednesday 23rd. (Evening concert at the University of Southern Queensland's Arts Theatre.) We'll also be a Dreamworld on Friday 25th, and will be giving outdoor concerts in Brisbane on Australia Day.

    The photo shows Musical Director David Bremner rehearsing the band at Nelson College in January this year.

    We've reached 70%!
  • We've reached over 50% of our target!


    A huge thank you to all of our supporters for helping us to reach the 50% mark in only 10 days!

    For those of you who would like to see the band in concert before we go to Australia, there will be one concert only at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at Waikato University in Hamilton, on Sunday January 20th 2019. The band will be in Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast from January 21st to 28th.

    Pictured is 2018 Junior Champion of Champions Lachlan Spence, of Whakatane

    We've reached over 50% of our target!
  • We've passed the $2000 mark!


    Thanks so much everyone for your generosity. It's great to have reached the one third mark so quickly!

    If you would like to hear the band, you can purchase our new CD "NYBB 2018 LIVE", which was recorded in Blenheim in January, and released last week. You can order a copy from the Brass Band Association Website shop at

    Cheers Everyone!

    Mike FordManager NYBB

    We've passed the $2000 mark!
  • We've passed the 20% Mark!


    Wow! Thanks for your support everyone. We're well on track to achieve our target!

    Congratulations to our Principal Horn Lachlan Spence on winning the Junior Champions of Champions event at the annual National Brass Band Championships of New Zealand, held in Blenheim last week. NYBB members Sarah Wright and Leo Read took 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

    We've passed the 20% Mark!
  • We've passed the 10% mark!


    Thanks to those who have donated so far......We've achieved 10% of our target with only 2 days gone since launch. Your donations are very much appreciated!