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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
Bought 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
Hamer XT Series Quilt Top Sunburst Electric Guitar review in New Zealand Musician Magazine (Feb/Mar 2010 issue)
Prestigious Citation for Services to New Zealand Music Awarded
2009 KBB Music Festival - 26 Years of Music Making