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Woolstonian_65Latest Woolstonian Newsletter

Issue 65 of our newsletter is available HERE for download. Due to rapidly decreasing demand, it is no longer practicable for us to distribute printed copies. If you know of any “off line” personnel who might enjoy catching up with our activities, we urge you to download, print and deliver a copy to them..

This issue contains news of our recently recorded CD. Entitled “The Woolstonian” the CD was produced as part of our 125th Anniversary celebrations.

Other articles detail our 2016/2017 Patron Partnership Programme, our new stage uniform and our ever-popular “Round the Bandstand” column (Weddings, engagements and babies!)

Centennial Celebration CD1991 Centennial Cassette Reissued

Woolston Brass’ Centenary took place during conductor Ken Smith’s tenure in 1991. Under Ken’s baton, tours of Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong were undertaken in commemoration of the occasion. This milestone was also marked by a special concert in the Christchurch Town Hall and a cassette tape recording was produced entitled “Music for a Centennial Celebration”.

A compact disc (CD) of this recording has been digitally reissued this year. When the original masters came to light recently, it was clear that the recordings deserved another listen, and that reissuing them as a CD would be a fitting tribute to the band’s 125 year history

Ken Smith’s 1991 band were in fine form, and listeners can be assured that improved technology has enabled us to offer a much enhanced audio experience. Perhaps too, with better reproduction and wider distribution, these excellent performances are, at last, being done justice.

Physical CDs, single track or full album MP3 downloads are now available from our distribution partners: CDBaby, iTunes and

Successful “Boosted” Fundraising CampaignOur very first “Boosted” Campaign reached our target of $8,500! This money will go towards the production of our new CD 'The Woolstonian'. This CD will celebrate our 125th Anniversary.

2016/2017 Patron Partnership Programme

Last month we successfully launched our Patron Partnership Programme and we are pleased to announce that 25 of our 33 players are now fully sponsored. The SPONSORS page on our website has been updated accordingly. We are very grateful for the generous support of the patrons who have invested in our band’s future. If you or one of your aquantances are be interested in supporting us in this way, please contact our Marketing and Sponsorship Manager. We still have seven players seeking partnership from $2,000 to $5,000 per year! 

Seriously Brass PosterSeriously Brass 125
Sunday 3 July

Join us at 4pm on Sunday 3 Julyat the Celebration Events Centre, 81 Bickerton Street, Wainoni for...
“Seriously Brass 125”

Hear our contest repertoire and show your support before we compete in the New Zealand Brass Band Championships being held in Napier in early July.

Among other works, we will be performing Edward Gregson's 'Of Distant Memories' and Peter Graham's 'The Triumph of Time'. The concert will also feature outstanding Belgian cornet soloist Harmen Vanhoorne, and the premier performance of Kenneth Young's specially commissioned march 'The Woolstonian'.

Woolston 125 Logo125th Anniversary Celebrations Plans Underway

Saturday 8 October is the date that has been set aside for our 125th Anniversary celebrations. A concert will be performed at “The Piano” in Armagh Street. A formal dinner will take place after the concert. More details as they come to hand...


Our site offers information on our recent activities and our distinguished past. It also includes details of our concerts, contests, recordings, learning opportunities and fundraising initiatives.

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Single track or full album MP3 downloads of our music are now available at CDBaby, iTunes and

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