North Shore Brass Academy

Takapuna Youth Brass (Mark Close) win the Youth section at the 2018 ABA Band Contest.

Takapuna Youth Brass (Mark Close) win the Youth section at the 2018 ABA Band Contest

Do you play brass or percussion?  Do you want to learn how?


Do you love music, and want to share that passion with like minds? Do you want to have fun?


North Shore Brass Academy welcomes you!


Whether you are a player looking to build your skills, reconnect with your love of music,
or just want to get out and have some fun, the Academy is the band for you.


Academy Band

Our Academy began in 2013 with a handful of players. Today it includes over 40 students and adults that undertake community concerts, competitions, and arranges seminars and other opportunities for members. The North Shore Brass Academy Band has entered several ABA (Auckland Bands Association) contests as well as a regular appearances at the Matamata Brass Festival, the Murrays Bay Wharf Birdman competition and often joins the senior band at concerts including Christmas Cabaret and Songs For Your Mother.
In 2018 we formed the Takapuna Youth Brass as the Academy has expanded and there are further opportunities for a pure youth band.


Our very young and very new players come together for their very own rehearsals.
We learn lots about music theory, and work on pieces that
we play at our end of term concerts and public performances.

Getting started

Ever wanted to play in a band?  Join our “Getting Started” programme where
players receive one-on-one tuition with one of our experienced tutors.
It’s a friendly introduction to how a brass band works as a team.

All you need to know:

Rehearsals and Lessons

Wednesday Nights at the North Shore Band Room

13A Taharoto Road, Takapuna

North Shore Brass Academy Band 6.00 – 7.15 pm – conductor Steve Foster

Percussion classes 5.00pm – tutor Jenny Raven

Understudies from 5.00 – 5.30 pm – tutor Mark Close

Takapuna Youth Brass 5.15 – 6.00 pm – conductor Mark Close


Membership with own instrument: $30 per player per term.
Membership including band instrument*: $75 per player per term.
Special rates apply for families; please ask our band manager.

For more information on the North Shore Brass Academy
please contact the Academy Band Manager, Dave Bennett

ph: 0274 480 454

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