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Since 1983, the KBB Music Festival has been showcasing the best in secondary school orchestras, concert bands and stage bands in Auckland. From the small numbers in the original Auckland Secondary Schools Band and Orchestra Festival, the KBB Music Festival has now grown to see over 4,500 students in 145 groups taking part from more than 50 schools across the greater Auckland region and beyond.


The AGM for the Auckland Secondary Schools Music Festival Trust (which administers the KBB Music Festival) will be held in the Music Department at Westlake Boys High School, 30 Forrest Hill Rd, Forrest Hill from 5 to 6pm on Thursday 24th October 2019. All Welcome.


The 2020 festival will be held on the 10th – 15th August at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell.

Click here to view 2019 festival awards.

Click here to view the 2019 concert band adjudicator comments.

“Kia ora and welcome to the KBB Music Festival website. Now in its 35th year, 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 exhuberance of all participants.” – Trevor Thwaites, Chairperson