MD Tyme Marsters takes a bow at the band’s 125 anniversary celebration concert in October 2016.

Founded in 1891 the band has remained true to the ideal expressed in its Maori motto, Tohea kia kaha (Persevere, so there is Strength), and is today one of New Zealand’s most enduring performing arts institutions.

Woolston Brass is one of New Zealand’s most successful contesting brass bands. As current holders of the NZBBA Marching Championship and the CPBBA Championship the band is, and always has been, a force to be reckoned with on the contest stage. Besides its contesting prowess, the band is recognised as a versatile and popular stage performer, be it concert hall auditorium, dance hall, church, retirement village or municipal park! The band strives to perform its culturally unique music to the wider public at every opportunity.

A self-funding amateur music organisation, the band provides a learning facility for developing players, and an artistic outlet befitting those with more experience. With a playing strength of nearly thirty (ranging in age from sixteen to sixty), the members are a diverse mix of business and trades people, teachers, students, soldiers and senior citizens, – all brought together by a common interest and a love of making music.

Tyme Marsters

Tyme Marsters was appointed Music Director of Woolston Brass in February 2015. He made his presence felt in the contesting arena six months later when he took the band on to win the A Grade Test at the New Zealand Brass Band Championships in Rotorua.

At the completion of his schooling in Westport Tyme moved to Christchurch to take a position with the New Zealand Army Band, simultaneously embarking on a nine-year tenure with Woolston Brass as a very handy front-row cornet player!

Tyme has represented New Zealand as a member of the National Band and he has made a number of overseas trips performing with this world class combination.

After completing a distinguished 20-year career as a military musician Tyme retired from the NZ Army to become the Founder, Director and Principal Tutor of Brass Factory Canterbury. Here, Tyme utilises his extensive experience as a full-time educator.

Tyme is the current holder of the BBANZ Flugel Championship, an event he has annexed no fewer than four times. Tyme won the coveted Champion of Champions title in 2008.

Woolston Brass considers itself fortunate indeed to have Tyme Marsters steering its course.




Recent Contest Results

11th -15 July 2018, Blenheim. Chief Adjudicator: Russell Gray (Scotland)   
Section (A Grade)MusicPointsPlace
Sacred Item The Path to Peace (Philip Harper)482nd
TestThe 39th Parallel (Peter Graham)971st
Own ChoicePerihelion: Closer to the Sun (Philip Sparke)972nd
Street MarchRavenswood (William Rimmer)1st
Championship Aggregate2422nd
19th -23 April 2017, Wellington. Chief Adjudicator: Nigel Seaman (United Kingdom)   
Section (A Grade)MusicPointsPlace
Sacred ItemThe Old Rugged Cross arr. Simon Wood45.55th
TestJourney of the Lone Wolf by Simon Dobson943rd
Own ChoiceFraternity by Thierry Deleruyelle933rd
Street MarchKnight of the Road (William Rimmer)1st
Championship Aggregate232.53rd
13th -17th July 2016, Napier. Chief Adjudicator: Dr Robert Childs (United Kingdom)   
Section (A Grade)MusicPointsPlace
Sacred ItemAmazing Grace arr: William Himes46.53rd
TestOf Distant Memories by Edward Gregson933rd
Own ChoiceThe Triumph of Time by Peter Graham943rd
Street MarchKnight of the Road1st
Championship Aggregate233.52nd
8th -12th July 2015, Rotorua. Chief Adjudicator: David Gallaher NZOM (Australia)   
Section (A Grade)MusicPointsPlace
Sacred ItemNicaea arr: William Himes453rd
TestVita Aeterna by Alexander Comitas951st
Own ChoiceExtreme Makeover942nd
Street MarchKnight of the Road1st
Championship Aggregate2432nd
9th -13th July 2014, Invercargill. Chief Adjudicator: Dr Stephen Cobb (UK)   
Section (A Grade)MusicPointsPlace
Sacred ItemI’ll Walk with God by Nicholas Brodszky933rd
TestOn Alderley Edge by Peter Graham141-
Own ChoiceOf Distant Memories by Edward Gregson140-
Street MarchAppreciation1st
Championship Aggregate374-
16th -20th July 2013, New Plymouth. Chief Adjudicator: Stephen Bulla (USA)   
Section (A Grade)MusicPointsPlace
Sacred ItemJust As I Am913rd
TestThe Promised Land by Kenneth Downie1433rd
Own ChoiceAudivi Media Nocte by Oliver Waespi1452nd
Street MarchQueensbury1st
Championship Aggregate3793rd
4th - 9th July 2012, Timaru. Chief Adjudicator: Dr Robert Childs (UK)   
Section (A Grade)MusicPointsPlace
Sacred ItemUbi Caritas by Paul Mealor arr: D Fiu/S Chapman951st=
TestBreath of Souls by Paul Lovatt-Cooper1452nd
Own ChoiceFrom Ancient Times by Jan Van der Roost1461st
Street MarchKnight of the Road by William Rimmer1st
Championship Aggregate3861st
20th - 24th July 2011, North Shore. Chief Adjudicator: Steve Bastable (UK)   
Section (A Grade)MusicPointsPlace
Sacred ItemThe Pohutukawa Stands by Peter Meecham902nd
TestLes Preludes by Franz Liszt arr: Bram Gray1401st
Own ChoiceThe Red Priest by Philip Wilby1451st
Street MarchKnight of the Road by William Rimmer1st
Championship Aggregate3751st
7th - 11th July 2010, Dunedin. Chief Adjudicator: Barrie Gott (Australia)   
Section (A Grade)MusicPointsPlace
Sacred ItemHis Provision by Ivor Bosanko971st
TestThe Torchbearers by Peter Graham1462nd
Own ChoiceOn the Shoulders of Giants by Peter Graham1461st
Street MarchCancelled due to weather conditions--
2010 Band of the Year1st
Championship Aggregate3911st