5 December 2018
Youth and Education Update
Coming up! we are looking forward to hosting our annual Buzzing Brass Prize Giving Concert with our Principal Euphonium Byron Newton on 9th December from 4pm in the WBB rehearsal rooms. Both our development bands will showcase their work, before participants present solo items to friends and family. The event will be adjudicated by past Musical Director and trombone extraordinaire David Bremner, who will offer valuable feedback to all.
Concert proceedings and performances are free to attend, all welcome!
The Wellington Brass Band family will conclude this event with refreshments and their yearly prizes, awards and “honours”.
CONTEST VICTORIES - AUSTRALASIAN CHAMPS!
Last year we lost by half a point but this year we get to feel what it’s like to be on the other side.
Congrats to all the competing bands in particular Eastern Bay of Plenty Brass Band (3rd) and Woolston Brass (2nd). We are absolutely stocked to have done the Australasian contest double. Thanks to our MD Nigel G Seaman for again providing the inspiration for our performances.
David Bremner Steps Down
In 2006 David Bremner took over Wellington Brass, then a struggling B Grade band, and shaped it into Australasia’s top
brass band, accumulating four New Zealand A Grade titles in a row (equalling the record), doing ‘the double’ in 2015 (winning both the NZ and Australian National titles), and taking the band to the British Open Championships last year. is dramatic rise is arguably one of the greatest turnarounds in New Zealand banding history, and shows just what an inspiration Bremner has been to an organisation that was not historically a powerhouse in the contest arena.
Bremner has announced he will step down as conductor following this year’s National Contest in Wellington, where the
band will be a strong favourite to win a record-breaking h title in a row in front of a home audience.
Following the resignation of long-serving Musical Director David Bremner, Wellington Brass is seeking an ambitious Musical Director to build on the band’s established reputation as an innovative and world class contest and concert brass band.
Wellington Brass is New Zealand’s premier A Grade (Championship) band and is a highly respected cultural asset to the Wellington Region, serving the “coolest little capital in the world” for the past 110 years. In 2016 the band competed at the British Open and has plans to compete and perform overseas at the highest level on a regular basis. e band is young, highly driven, and has a formidable work ethic. All applicants should share these ideals and strive to take the band to even higher levels of performance.
Appointment commencement is flexible, but would ideally occur in the rst half of 2017.
Further information and expressions of interest should be directed to the
Band Co-ordinator Byron Newton
or the Band Manager Leighton Roberts
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