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KBB Music Festival Bigger than Ever

9 August 2012 ---- 29th

KBB Music Festival Bigger than Ever

A record number of 134 groups from 48 Secondary Schools in the greater Auckland region have entered the country’s largest regional youth music festival to be held on 21-25 August. A true celebration of music, the KBB Music Festival will once again be the highlight of over 3,500 young musicians’ performing calendar as Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Symphony Orchestras and Chamber Orchestras assemble to give free public performances in the professional acoustic venue of the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the adjoining St Mary’s Chapel in Parnell.

“The Festival is recognised for the quality of the music that students perform,” says Dr. Trevor Thwaites, Chairperson of the Festival. “This is a reflection of the commitment of both the students and their teachers.”

Part of the Festival’s success is due to the quality of its experienced adjudicators who provide vital feedback for each group. This year, the adjudicators are Owen Clarke and Rupert D’Cruze (Symphony Orchestras and Concert Bands); Roger Manins and Ron Samsom (Jazz Big Bands); and Miranda Hutton and Shelley Wilkinson (Chamber Orchestras).

Formerly known as the Auckland Secondary Schools Band and Orchestra Festival, the festival was renamed the KBB Music Festival in recent years to honour the long-time support of its principal sponsor, KBB Music.

“We believe in the importance of supporting our musical community and playing our part in fostering the musical future of this country,” says Paul Skipper, Director of KBB Music. “We are proud to be involved with the KBB Music Festival over the last twenty-two years.”

The KBB Music Festival will culminate to two highly-anticipated Gala Concerts featuring the best groups selected by the adjudicators. The 2.30pm Gala Concert will feature Chamber Orchestras and Concert Bands, while the 6.30pm Gala Concert will feature Symphony Orchestras and Jazz Bands. The ensemble receiving a new award, the Peter Goddard Memorial Award, as well as the group selected for Chairperson’s Command Performance, will be presented at one of the Gala Concerts. “Whether you attend as a performer or as a listener, you will come away invigorated and inspired by the musicianship and exuberance of all participants,” says Dr. Thwaites. “It is through these performers that we can be assured of a quality musical future for New Zealand in the years to come. Tickets for the Gala Concerts are available from or at the door. $15 General Admission for each Gala Concert, or $25 for both Gala Concerts.

Notes to Editor

2012 KBB Music Festival Dates 21-25 August - KBB Music Festival Performances, Holy Trinity Cathedral and adjoining St Mary’s Chapel Open to the public. FREE admission 25 August - KBB Music Festival Gala Concerts, Holy Trinity Cathedral Tickets $15 General Admission for each Gala Concert, or $25 for both Gala Concerts Peter Goddard Memorial Award A founding member of the Auckland Secondary Schools Band and Orchestra Festival, Peter Goddard served on the committee for over 20 years. Whilst not a performer himself, Peter valued the gift of music and recongnised its importance in the lives of young people, irrespective of school decile or cultural background. Peter passed away in February 2012, and the festival committee has instigated an annual memorial award in his honour. The Award will be presented to an ensemble whose performance, presentation or behaviour embodies the values that Peter Goddard held. Chairperson’s Command Performance The Festival Chairperson will select a group that both the Chairperson and the Adjudicators believe have added something unique to the Festival by way of one of their performance pieces. The group will be invited to perform this work at one of the Gala Concerts.

Schools/Groups pPrticipating in the 2012 KBB Music Festival
ACG Parnell College
ACG Sunderland
Albany Senior College
Alfriston College
Aorere College
Auckland Grammar School
Avondale College
Baradene College
Birkenhead College
Botany Downs Secondary
Carmel College
Dilworth School
Diocesan School for Girls
Edgewater College
Epsom Girls Grammar
Glendowie College
Glenfield College
Howick College
King's College
Kristin School
Long Bay College
Lynfield College
Macleans College
Manurewa High School
Massey High School
Mt Albert Grammar
Mt Roskill Grammar
Northcote College
Orewa College
Pakuranga College
Pinehurst School
Pukekohe High School
Rangitoto College
Rosehill College
Rosmini College
Sacred Heart College
Sancta Maria School
Selwyn College
St Cuthbert's College
St Kentigern College
St Mary's College
St Peter's College
Takapuna Grammar
Waiheke High School
Western Springs College
Westlake Boys High School
Westlake Girls High School
Whangaparaoa College
Whangarei Youth Music

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