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2015 Lion Foundation APO Orchestral Summer School Applications are Now Open
Monday 19 - Friday 23 January 2015
St Cuthbert's College, Epsom
Concert Time: 2:30 - 3:30pm on Friday 23 January
Conductor: Peter Adams
Participant Age Range: 10 - 16 years (minimum Grade 4)
Application Deadline: Monday 6 October

Sibelius                                    Finlandia
Grieg                                        Piano Concerto, 1st Movement
Vaughan Williams                      Folk Song Suite
Salina Fisher (APO Rising Star)   Commissioned Work
John Williams                            Jaws Theme
Visit for enrolment information.

KBB Music Festival Alumni Sought for 30th Anniversary
One the country's largest youth music festivals will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this month. To help inspire the next generation of young musicians, the Festival Committee would like to hear from previous participants who are now well-known for their endeavors or careers; musical or otherwise. more

KBB Music Honoured by NAMM Milestone Award

KBB Music is very honoured to be awarded NAMM's Milestone Award for 125 years of service in the music products industry and to our community more

Cello and Flute make Sweet Music in Schools Competition

The future of New Zealand orchestral music is assured, if this year's KBB Music Young Performers' Competition is anything to go by. more

Saxophonist Winner of the KBB Music New Zealand Woodwind Player Award

Congratulations to Saxophonist Reuben Chin who is the winner of the KBB Music New Zealand Woodwind Player Award at the 2011 Gisborne International Music Competition.

Originally from Christchurch, 20-year-old Reuben is a second year student at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. He holds an LTCL diploma and is a memebr of both the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra and the Central Band of the RNZAF. As leader of the School of Music Saoxphone Quartet, Reuben was a finalist in the Pettman/Royal Overseas LEague Chamber Music COmpetiton and was also the winner of this year's NZSM Concert Competition.

Well done, Reuben!

Kiwi Jazz Icon's 'First Horn of Choice' on display at KBB Music
Nathan_Haines_Dolnet_Tenor_sax.jpgBought second-hand in 1986 by a 14-year old Nathan Haines, the 1960s Dolnet Royal Jazz tenor saxophone was Nathan's first horn of choice until only three years ago. The tenor has featured on many sessions around the world and can be heard on Nathan's solo albums; Shift Left (1994), Sound Travels (2000), Squire for Hire (2003), Life Time (2005) and Right Now (2009).
The horn has been rebuilt an incredible three times over the last 25 years by KBB Music, including a full re-pad with Nathan helping out in preparation for the recording and concert hall performances with the NZ Symphony Orchestra on his life Time album.
Well-built with some special features not found on other saxes, Dolnet horns have attracted a loyal following among sax players and collectors, including the legendary Lester young who played the same model Dolnet in the 1950s.
This horn is currently on display at KBB Music on 377 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland, courtesy of Nathan Haines. 

Congratulations to The Jones Trio from Burnside High School, which takes home the KBB Music Award at the 2011 Chamber Music Contest after a riveting performance of Russell Peterson's Trio for Flute, Alto Saxophone and Piano at the Contest Final in Hamilton. Each member of the Trio receives a $100 KBB Music Voucher. The members of The Jones Trio are Lena Taylor (flute), Sam Jones (alto saxophone) and Juea Park (piano). With the aim of encouraging Brass, Woodwind and Percussion musicians, the KBB Music Awards were also awarded in each participating district to the most deserving group involving wind and/or percussion players.

Young Violinist Wins a Date with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

Congratulations to Azeria D'Souza (above) - Winner of the 2011 KBB Music Young Performers Competition who impressed the judges with her rendition of Vitali's Chaconne. Well done, Azeria!

Azeria receives a cash prize of $500 provided by KBB Music, as well as the opportunity to perform a solo in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Discovery concert in 2012.

Well done to all the finalists of this year's competition:
Sally Kim - Cello, Westlake Girls' High School
Alexander Lee - Violin, Kristin School
Tiffany Kim - Cello, St Cuthbert's College
Alexander McFarlane - Viola, Auckland Grammar School

Prestigious NZ Music Award for Ethnomusicologist

New Orleans Jazz Band to Tour Australia and New Zealand

Passion for Music Takes Music Director to Chicago

Farewell to KBB Music Festival Chairperson after 13 Years

Peter Ponzol to develop new 'Pro One' model saxophones with Antigua Winds

Shauno Isomura is the winner of the 2010 KBB Music Young Performers' Competition!
Young Musician Wins Solo Role with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra

2010 KBB Music Young Performers' Competition - Young Musicians Compete for Solo Role with APO

'Be Green' iPod Draw Winners Announced

Winner of Fender Highway One Stratocater Announced

Prestigious Citation for Services to New Zealand Music Awarded

2009 KBB Music Festival - 26 Years of Music Making
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