25 Years of Achievement for KBB Music Festival
25 Years of Achievement for KBB Music Festival
August, KBB Music Festival Performances, Auckland Town
1 & 2 September Gala Showcase Concerts, Auckland Town Hall
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the KBB Music Festival, formerly known as the Auckland Secondary Schools Band and Orchestra Festival. Established in 1983 to encourage music in schools, the festival has grown into the largest regional music event in New Zealand.
On its silver anniversary, the KBB Music Festival will feature performances by 119 music groups from over forty Auckland secondary schools between 26th and 29th of August at the Auckland Town Hall. “I’m sure the first organisers would not have been able to imagine how huge the event would be 25 years down the line,” says David Squire, Chairperson and Administrator of the KBB Music Festival.
A highly-anticipated annual event, the KBB Music Festival features adjudicated performances by secondary school Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Symphony Orchestras and Chamber Orchestras throughout the greater Auckland region. More than 3,000 students will perform this year.
Part of the Festival’s success is its adjudicators who provide vital feedback for each group. This year’s adjudicators are Tom Rainey (Jazz Bands), Stewart Stanbridge (Concert Bands), Anthony Ernst (Symphony Orchestras) and David Garner (Chamber Orchestras).
From its humble beginnings playing in schools halls, the four day event is now held in the professional acoustics of the Auckland Town Hall. “Having the Festival at the Auckland Town Hall was a big break through,” says Peter Goddard, a founding member and organiser. “Not only was it more convenient with multiple performing venues, it also made the festival more prestigious."
In more recent years the festival was renamed the KBB Music Festival. The decision was made by the independent committee to honour KBB Music’s long-time support of the Festival.
“I believe the biggest value of festival like this is to show pupils and teachers alike what heights it is possible to aspire to,” says Alan Kemp, KBB Music Managing Director. “I’m proud that KBB Music has been involved for the last twenty years of those 25."
In 2006 the KBB Music Fringe Festival was introduced, giving novice groups an opportunity to perform and receive an onstage workshop from an experienced clinician. With the aim to provide encouragement and constructive feedback for better music-making, ten groups will be performing in the Fringe Festival on Friday 29th August.
The success of the KBB Music Festival is undeniably a testament to the festival committee and main sponsors. “I would like to pay homage to the KBB Music Festival committee, both past and present,” says David Squire. “And especially the sponsors at KBB Music and The Edge Public Programmes for their vision and passion in helping to make these festivals happen."
The KBB Music Festival will conclude with two Showcase Gala Concerts by the best groups selected by the adjudicators on the 1st and 2nd of September at the Auckland Town Hall.
The public are welcome to attend all performances during the week at the Auckland Town Hall, which are free admission, and may purchase tickets to the Showcase Gala Concerts from The Edge Ticketing Service on 0800 BUYTICKETS ($15 general admission for each concert, or $20 for both concerts).
Note to Editor
Schools involved in the 25th KBB Music Festival
Albany Junior High School
Auckland Grammar School
Botany Downs Secondary
Diocesan School for Girls
Elim Christian College
Epsom Girls Grammar
Kelston Boys High School
Long Bay College
Manurewa High School
Mt Roskill Grammar
Pukekohe High School
Sacred Heart College
Sancta Maria School
St Cuthbert's College
St Kentigern College
St Mary's College
St Peter's College
Westlake Boys High School
Westlake Girls High School
Adjudicators of the 2008 KBB Music Festival
_ Tom Rainey – Lecturer at
University of Canterbury, Director of Jazz at CPIT. Jazz
_ Stewart Stanbridge – Itinerant music teacher, Director of Waikato Academy of Music.
Concert Bands adjudicator.
_ Anthony Ernst – Artistic Administrator of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Symphony Orchestras adjudicator.
Garner – Principal Cello of the Auckland Philharmonia
2008 KBB Music Festival Dates
Tuesday 26 August Concert Band & Jazz
Band performances (Free admission)
Wednesday 27 August Concert Band & Jazz Band performances (Free admission)
Thursday 28 August Symphony & Chamber Orchestra performances (Free admission)
Friday 29 August KBBMF Fringe Festival (Free admission)
Monday 1 September KBB Music Festival Showcase Gala Concert for Concert Bands &
Jazz Bands (Tickets $15 for one concert, or $20 for both,
available from The Edge Ticketing Service or 0800 BUYTICKETS)
Tuesday 2 September KBB Music Festival Showcase Gala Concert for Symphony & Chamber Orchestras (Tickets $15 for one concert, or $20 for both, available from The Edge Ticketing Service or 0800 BUYTICKETS)