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KBB Music Festival


The 2017 KBB Music Festival will be held on the 14-19 August at the Holy Trinity Cathedral  

The Festival starts with free adjudicated performances from Monday to Friday afternoon. 
2017 Festival Schedule

Honours Group Performances: 
Friday night 8.30pm - Performance's by the Honours Jazz band & Honours Orchestra's 
2017 Honours Group Programme

The two Gala Concerts are a public celebration of youth music to cap off the festival.

The 2017 concerts are on Saturday 19th August at Holy Trinity Cathedral Parnell: 
- 2:30pm - Chamber Orchestras and Concert Bands 
- 6:30pm - Symphony Orchestras and Jazz Bands

At least 3-4 of the best groups from each category will be selected by the adjudicators for the Gala Concerts. Each group will have a maximum 10-minute performance time. Groups chosen will be notified as soon as possible after the heats have finished.

Tickets are available to purchase from
$15 for one concert or $25.00 for both concerts.  Door sales will be available for both concerts.

Please note for the 2017 Festival there has been a change to the awards.  Please click HERE for further information.

For Festival enquiries, please contact the KBB Music Festival Administrator, Warwick Robinson or visit
About KBB Music Festival
ASSMFT logoSince 1983, the KBB Music Festival has been showcasing the best in secondary school orchestras, concert bands and jazz bands in Auckland, and more recently, groups from outside of Auckland also. From the small numbers in the original Auckland Secondary Schools Band and Orchestra Festival, the KBB Music Festival has now grown to see over 130 groups competing from more than 40 schools across the greater Auckland region and beyond. The KBB Music Festival is administered by the Auckland Secondary Schools Music Festival Trust (ASSMFT).
The aims of the Festival are:
• To encourage performance by all groups - novice or highly experienced.
• To share ideas, techniques and a common interest in music.
• To expose students to different styles of music.
• To give students the opportunity to perform in professional venues.


Message from the Chairperson

TrevorThwaites.jpgKia ora and welcome to the KBB Music Festival.  The KBB Festival has attracted many of New Zealand’s finest young musicians performing in secondary school orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands and chamber orchestras from within the Auckland region. The skills required to perform in ensembles of this nature require personal dedication and time as well as a developing musical understanding and social responsibility through listening to and working with other musicians and musical directors. The Festival is recognized for the quality of the music that students perform which reflects the commitment of both the students and their teachers. 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.“ 

- Trevor Thwaites


The festival is run by a committee of volunteers:

  • Trevor Thwaites (Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland) Chairperson
  • Warwick Robinson (Westlake Boys High School) Administrator
  • Miriam Robinson (Various Schools) Treasurer
  • Andrew Chamberlain (KBB Music General Manager)
  • Brent Imrie (Tour Time)
  • Beverley Brockelbank (Itinerant Teacher)
  • Ross Gerritsen (St Kentigern College)
  • Nikki Hall (Westlake Girls High School)
  • Mary Lin (Baradene College)
  • Christine Myhre (Glendowie College)
  • Andrea Smith (Rangitoto College)
  • Rachel Snelling (St Mary’s College)
  • Sally Tibbles (St Cuthberts College)
  • Peter Thomas (Epsom Girls Grammar School)
  • Alexandra Goldfinch (Long Bay College)
  • Ryan Youens (Itinerant Teacher)

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