History of the Band

Canterbury Brass was formed in 1995 with the merger of the two much older bands – The Woolston Working Men’s Club Silver Band, and the Band of the 2nd Battalion Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, together with a number of unattached players.

The Woolston Club Band was formed in 1968 by the late Shirley Dougall and had a successful existence. This band was joined in 1984 by Derry’s Brass Band which had been formed in the early 1890s and had at times competed creditably in the “A” Grade. The history of the 2nd Battalion Band is more extensive and dates back to 1912.

Canterbury Brass is an incorporated society and administers the affairs of the Band. Up until August 2003 the Band competed under the banner of the Canterbury NMWC Regiment Band. In September 2003 the Band left the Army having obtained sponsorship from the Canterbury Foundation. This sponsorship arrangement finished in 2007 and the Band is now sponsored by Leopard Coachlines and will perform under the name Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass.

Current members of the Band come from all walks of life. There are professional musicians, students, civil servants, and self employed business people to name but a few. Some are members of the Army Band.

Reflecting our links with the West Coast and Marlborough districts, many of the players started their careers in bands from these regions.

The Band has eight musicians who have achieved selection for the National Band of New Zealand. The Band also has four musicians who have been National Champions on their instruments.

This has helped put Canterbury Brass at the very forefront of brass playing in New Zealand.

High profile engagements the Band has performed at are:

Opera at the Brook – 1999

The McDonald Santa Parade Christchurch - Annually

Christchurch Children's Day 2012

Christchurch City Council "Summertime" Series concerts and Brass in the Park Series concerts

Classical Sparks - 2005

Brassed Off with The Repertory Company - 2008

Christchurch ANZAC Day Civic Service - Annually