26 Feb 2012
BBANZ is pleased to announce the 2012 National Brass Band Championships will be held in Timaru, 4 – 8 July 2012.
BBANZ recognises the good-will of the host association in taking over from the original appointee – Christchurch – at relatively short notice.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF TEST MUSIC 2012: 5 March 2012
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES TO THE 2012 CONTEST: 4 May 2012
BBANZ is pleased to announce the trial of two new events for 2012: Amateur “all other instruments” and Open Slow Melody.
Amateur ‘all other instruments’ is an event open to players of any brass instrument OTHER THAN Bb Cornet, which already has its own division. Music for this trial event is the player’s own choice and will be limited to no more than 7 minutes performance time. Players who have been placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in Championship events at contests in the past three years are not eligible to enter this event.
Open Slow Melody is an event open to players placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a similar event in any one of the seven District Contests. Music for this trial event is the player’s own choice and must be limited to no more than 5 minutes. Players who receive an invitation from BBANZ to compete in the prestigious “Invitation Slow Melody” event are not eligible to enter this contest. The winner of the Open Slow Melody event will be invited to play in the 2012 Invitation Slow Melody.
The Junior Champion of Champions will be held on the Wednesday (early evening) and the percussion events will also be held on the Wednesday. Junior solos and Open ensembles are usually held on this day, with the Open Solos and the junior ensembles being held on the Thursday. The Trial event (Open Slow Melody) will also be held on the Wednesday to allow the winner time to prepare for a performance at the Invitation Slow Melody in the evening. The Amateur “All other Instruments” event is likely to be held on the Thursday.
Band events are scheduled for Friday 6 and Saturday 7 July, with the “Entertainment Band of the Year” completing the programme on Sunday 8 July. The Street March will be held on Friday 6 July and the D Grade contest on Saturday 7.
PLEASE NOTE: The timetable cannot be confirmed until entries have been received.
Administrator and Accompanist of the Year:
The objective of this annual award is to acknowledge the year’s work of an outstanding Administrator and/or Accompanist, May 2011 – May 2012, from within the New Zealand Brass Band community.
General Manager/Contest Manager
Brass Band Association of New Zealand