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NZ Brass Band Championships 2018

The New Zealand Brass Band Championships 2018 includes a number of Ticketed events available to the general public!

Senior Champion of Champions

Solo events held on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th July are free admission and winners of each event will compete in the prestigious Champion of Champions events with free admission to Junior Champion of Champions on Wednesday at 5pm, and ticketed entry to Senior Champion of Champions on Thursday at 7:30pm.


Invitation Slow Melody

The Invitation Slow Melody on Tuesday at 8pm is an opportunity for the public to experience the cream of New Zealand’s brass musicians with ten consistently high performing musicians competing. Also featured at this event will the premiere performances of the winning pieces from the New Zealand Brass Composition competition.

Band Events

Bands are graded into four grades according to their past competition successes. On Friday bands will compete with a set test piece and a sacred number whilst on Saturday they will compete with a test piece of their own selection. Entry is by season ticket available at ASB Theatre or Ticketek.

A popular event is the Parade of Bands which will see all bands parade on Seymour Street Blenheim from 1pm on Friday 13th. Bands are judged on their presentation and uniforms, marching and music. Free to view.


Premiere Brass: In Concert

Premiere Brass: In Concert is the culminating event of the championships. Held on Sunday 15th at 2pm this concert will showcase two new New Zealand representative bands on their first public performances.

Bras and Brass is a female band whose aims are to raise awareness of breast cancer and funds for Breast Cancer Research NZ.

Bandwagon is a new concept offering an opportunity for winners and placeholders of the previous National Championships to showcase their combined talents performing a programme of light entertainment music.

This will be a toe tapping two hours of light music for all to enjoy.


Please make sure you purchase your tickets from our exclusive supplier - Ticketek NZ

Show Information

Venue: Main Auditorium, ASB Theatre Marlborough
Date: Wednesday 11th - Sunday 15th July
Time: Various
Service fees:

Service fees will apply

Click here for a breakdown of Ticketing Service Fees