CAMBRIDGE BRASS BAND


About Us


Our Mission Statement...

To develop musicality, striving for excellence, supporting our community and to achieve long-term sustainability within an efficient structure.

In A Nutshell

Cambridge Brass Band is a community group of brass musicians and their supporters. There is the Senior Band, the Auxiliary Band for players new to brass banding and players returning to the fold who do not yet feel upto scratch, and smaller ensembles. We play at civic functions, enter band competitions, play to our community and just play for enjoyment.

Practices

The Senior Band practices weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 9pm at its own bandroom situated at 26A Vogel Street within the town‘s ‘Green’ belt. The Auxiliary Band practices from 5.45 – 6.45pm before the Senior Band during school terms. Our bandroom is also used by a number of the other community and craft groups that support various aspects of the social and cultural life of Cambridge.

Events

Cambridge Brass supports a wide range of community events in Cambridge and the surrounding district. Two formal civic events are the annual ANZAC and Armistice Day parades.

Armistice Day has more significance to Cambridge than most New Zealand cities because of the bond between Cambridge and its sister city of Le Quesnoy in northern France. Armistice weekend in Cambridge not only features us but a large display of preserved military vehicles, models (including radio-controlled ships, tanks), a warbird aerial display and re-enactments of actions that have involved New Zealand service personnel. For more information on this major event see www.armisticeincambridge.co.nz.

Le Quesnoy, our sister city, spent most of the First World War under German occupation. Only days before the Armistice New Zealand troops stormed the mediaeval walls of the town to liberate it. About 130 Kiwis lost their lives in this action and are remembered in Le Quesnoy in annual cermonies that are unique in France.

Cambridge Brass was invited to Le Quesnoy in 2018 for the 100th aniversary of its liberation. This we did and for all of us it was a trip of a lifetime.

Finances permitting our members participate in the annual New Zealand Brass Band Championships both as a band, as smaller ensembles, and as individuals. We also compete in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty (WAIBOPS) regional championships. Participating in these competitions is seen as a way of encouraging continual improvement, fostering team spirit within the Band, encouraging younger players to achieve their potential, hearing and meeting other bands from around the country, and of course for fun.

Cambridge has a number of Festivals featuring local talent and the Band is a regular feature of these community events. The Band is often joined by members of the Cambridge Pipe Band and these combined band items are particularly requested at the larger community events. Concerts are also presented at local fetes, open-air markets, and inter-denominational Christmas events as well as at the various retirement communities in the area.

If you would like us to play at your event contact us.

Band Organisation

President:Duncan Smith
Musical Director:Rob Hocking
Secretary:Bernadette Winter
Assistant Musical Director:Larissa Schumacher

We are presently rebuilding our player strength. We have two bands, our "Senior Band" and our "Auxiliary Band". The former is a "C" grade band as graded by the New Zealand Brass Band Association and the "Auxiliary Band" is aimed more at people learning an instrument, or getting back into playing. Both bands reflect the diversity of our community.

Cambridge Brass is a full member of the New Zealand Brass Bands Association and is governed by its and our own rules. We are an incorporated society under the Incorporated Society's Act.

The Band is managed by a Management Committee of eight. The Committee meets monthly to consider all aspects of band management. Committee processes are guided by a comprehensive manual issued by the national Brass Band Association of New Zealand.

We form fundraising committees as required to organise various events such as Playouts, BBQs and Quiz Nights.

Our funds are raised from donations at concerts and play-outs, formal fundraising events (such as movie nights), rental income from bandroom users, donations from various community organizations, individuals, and the Waipa District Council via the Cambridge Community Board. Additional funding is sought from a range of philanthropic and cultural sources. Fees are set at the Band's annual general meeting.

The band owns some instruments which can be used ‘on permanent loan’ to members.

History

The Cambridge Brass Band is one of the oldest bands in New Zealand having been formed in 1877.

The Band has accumulated a rich history of musical success and the bandroom walls are covered with photos and trophies dating back over 100 years. Since 2000, the Band has gone from the brink of extinction (9 players) to winning both the Regional and National ‘D’ Grade competitions in both 2011 and 2012. As a result of these successes, the Band was promoted to ‘C’ Grade in August 2012. Since then the band has lost a few members by retirement and by some moving out of the district. It is now rebuilding. Early in 2016 the auxiliary band was formed to provide an avenue for new players to brass banding. The main band is now nearing full strength but as usual we could do with a more players in some areas.




Rehearsals


The Auxiliary Band rehearses most Wednesdays between 5:45 and 6:45pm during school terms and the Senior Band between 7 and 9pm most Wednesdays from February to mid December. You are most welcome to visit us during rehearsals but please contact us first just in case we are playing elsewhere.



Bandrooms


Our band rooms are at 26A Vogel Street. Access is down a driveway off Vogel Street and past the playcentre on your left.

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Senior Band


Cambridge Brass Band with Rebecca Nelson on the steps of the New Zealand War Memmorial Museum in Le Quesnoy,France.




Auxiliary Band


The Cambridge Brass Auxiliary Band was formed in late 2015 to create an avenue for learners, children as well as adults, and musicians returning to band playing. By the last quarter of 2016 several players had graduated to the senior band.

Cambridge Brass is endeavouring to create an encouraging environment in the Auxiliary Band with much support from the other Band musicians.

Cambridge Auxiliary Brass Band on stage at the Le Quesnoy Fund Raising Concert in July 2018.




Ensembles


At present Cambridge Brass has an active group of players who regularly perform as a quintet and occasionally as a trio or a quartet. They form these ensembles to play at venues which are either unsuitable for the main band, or where the needs of the audience are better suited to a smaller group of players.

As a quintet our ensemble players have represented Cambridge Brass at Regional and National Competitions as well as at public engagements.

The Cambridge Brass Quintet playing to the assembling crowd before the 2018 Sunset Symphony.