About the festival

The KBB Music Festival showcases secondary school orchestras, concert bands and jazz bands in Auckland. The festival celebrated 30 years in 2015, having started out as the Auckland Secondary Schools Band and Orchestra Festival. The Festival began with a few schools combining for performances and has since grown in both size and stature. In 2013 there were 130 groups represented from more than 50 schools from the greater Auckland region. Groups perform in professional venues, competing for awards and a place in the gala concerts.

The aims of the festival are:
  • To promote growth in instrumental music and 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.

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 (ASHS) Treasurer
  • Andrew Chamberlain (KBB Music General Manager)
  • Christine Myhre (Glendowie College)
  • Ross Gerritsen (St Kentigern College)
  • Ryan Youens (Itinerant Teacher)
  • Sally Tibbles (St Cuthberts College)
  • Mary Lin (Baradene College)
  • Alexandra Goldfinch (Long Bay College)
  • Beverley Brockelbank (Itinerant Teacher)
  • Andrea Smith (Rangitoto College)
  • Rachel Larcombe (Selwyn College)
  • Chris Artley (Kings College)
  • Julie Garner (ACG Parnell College)
  • Andrew Ward (Whangaparaoa College)
  • David Stent (Takapuna Grammar School)
  • Tim Atkinson (Itinerant Teacher)