Mission Statement of North Shore Brass
The Band is an organisation dedicated to maintaining its position as one of the leading entertainment units in Auckland.
The success of the Band will be measured by its ability to satisfy the musical and entertainment needs of the general public, wherever it plays.
It will focus on the key attributes and philosophies that has sustained the band for over 80 years :
- A tradition of quality musicianship
- Versatility in musical style and performance
- To promote & teach young members to guarantee musical longevity
- North Shore Brass aims to provide a musically and socially rewarding environment for all its members and audiences alike.
History of The Band
The Band now known as North Shore Brass Incorporated was established in 1921. In 1931 donations from local business enabled members to construct their own band room in the North Corner of Taharoto Park, Takapuna, the band’s home for 70 years.
The band has remained strong since its early beginnings, even through the turbulent times of the great depression of the 1930’s and the war years of 1939 to 1945 and has always maintained a close association with the local community. However this has also forced the band to undergo a number of name changes including Takapuna Municipal Band, Takapuna City Silver Band and finally North Shore Brass following the amalgamation of North Shore Councils in 1989.
Regularly competing at the annual New Zealand Brass Band Championships, North Shore Brass has achieved impressive results with 25 firsts and 45 placing’s. In addition the band has had a total of 31 National Solo Champions.
With the retirement of Brent Large in November 2008, North Shore Brass chose to employ guest Musical Director Mr Peter Adams to conduct the band at the 2009 National Championships in Napier and were rewarded with its first ever A Grade Title winning the Sacred Item. North Shore Brass continued to move up the band rankings in 2010 when under the baton of Mr Nigel Weeks the band won the A Grade Test at National Championships in Dunedin, finishing runner-up overall. Guest conductor Mr Mark Ford guided the band when the National Contest returned to the North Shore in 2011, cementing its position as one the country’s top ranked brass bands with a second and third place
Near the end of 2011, the band welcomed Colin Clark as the Musical Director, and promptly won the Auckland Bands Association’s local contest. The band built upon this relationship and participated in the 2012 National Championship in Timaru, coming third overall. Continuing on this success saw an overall third place achieved again at the 2014 National Championship in Invercargill.
In February 2013, North Shore Brass established the North Shore Brass Academy. The Academy welcomes brass players of all ages and abilities to join and consists of two separate groups, a learners group and a more advances group for brass players who have a little more experience. Currently there are approximately 30 players who are members of North Shore Brass Academy, of which 15 are of school age. The Academy welcomes any new members of any age, ability and cultural background to take part and learn.
The leaners group educates children in the skills of reading music and playing a brass instrument with other children of similar ability. The children learn in a group and are all encouraged to take part and contribute. Teaching is performed by experienced brass players who are part of North Shore Brass. The advanced group gives more experienced players an opportunity to improve their playing within a band environment and ranges from school children to adults who wish to start playing an instrument again. The aim for the North Shore Brass Academy is to educate players who will eventually progress through to perform in North Shore Brass, performing in local community events and competing at the National competition. For both the learner and advanced group, playing in such an environment offers encouragement and support for talented musicians to learner an instrument that offers numerous future experiences and opportunities. To date the advanced group has performed in local community events and competed at the Matamata Brass Band competition.
North Shore Brass would like to acknowledge the considerable support it continues to receive from Auckland Council and local community grant organisations.