OF NEW ZEALAND
The objects of the Association are:
(a) To maintain and develop a movement that seeks to:
i. Unite its members through performance of music and
ii. Improve the quality of public brass performances. iii. Encourage greater public acceptance of music performed by its members.
(b) To establish and/or promote:
i. The coaching and training of bands, conductors and players.
ii. Band contests and solo and party competitions.
iii. Appropriate publications and periodical journals.
iv. Bands to represent New Zealand, in New Zealand and overseas.
The Association can have as a member any band which has more than 14 brass/percussion or woodwind players and which is a member of a District Association.
There are seven District Associations as follows:
(a) Auckland Brass Bands Association
(b) Waikato Bay of Plenty Brass Bands Association
(c) Central Districts Brass Bands Association
(d) Wellington District Brass Bands Association.
(e) Canterbury Provincial Brass Bands Association
(f) West Coast Brass Bands Association
(g) Otago Southland District Brass Bands Association.
Each of those districts governs and organises its affairs in such manner as its own members determine.
The present members of the Association are all brass bands. There are 61 member bands spread throughout the country.
ORGANISATION OF THE ASSOCIATION
The business and affairs of the Association is managed or supervised by a Management Committee. The Management Committee is elected annually by member bands and consists of a President, Vice President, and four persons. The daily administration of the Associations affairs is performed by the General Manager and Treasurer.
The Association has a number of principal activities which it conducts on a regular basis.
The Association organises an annual National Contest for bands and individuals. Bands compete in hymn, test (2) and street marching competitions and individuals compete in solo, duet, and ensemble competitions. These contests are well attended by bands and public and rotate within four areas of the country.
National Bands (the All Blacks of Brass Banding) are selected regularly to make tours of New Zealand and overseas. This band is the flagship of the movement in New Zealand and has won the World Music Festival at Kerkrade three out of the four times it has visited the festival. On the fourth occasion it was runner up.
This band is organised annually. This band regularly performs in New Zealand, and has toured the United Kingdom and Australia. The purpose of the band is to provide an incentive for the younger players in the movement and to provide high level training and development for them. The standard of the band is often exceptional having regard to the age of the players and it also receives wide acclaim.
SECONDARY SCHOOLS BAND
Like the National Youth Band this Band is also organised annually. It is more in the nature of a week course of instruction with similar purposes to the National Youth Band but for a younger age group.
The Association regularly organises seminars and training programmes for:
Players both youth and adult
Some of these seminars travel the country and others are static with participants travelling to them. Some of the seminars are conducted by local leaders in the movement and others are conducted by overseas persons of distinction.
The Association also assists with funding and advice for similar seminars and programmes conducted at a district level.
The Association has a Director of Education who is charged with co-ordinating the educational opportunities being provided for our players. The programme is intended to standardise the education provided throughout the country with a view to raising the quality of that education and thus the quality of the players and musicians in the movement.
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