Nor'west Brass is a community brass band covering northwest Christchurch, with a strong focus on developing young players. The band was formed in 2014 and many of our players have progressed rapidly through the ranks. We also have several junior development bands that have been formed as membership numbers have grown. Our bands participate in local and national competitions and share their music with the local community.
Our goals are to provide an environment to encourage excellence in brass playing and to become an integral part of community life. We encompass education for a full age range including young children, entire families and adult players who wish to learn a new instrument or have played a brass instrument in the past and want to pick it up again. We work closely with schools, teachers and other musical groups in our area and provide a strong focus on tuition and training, as well as helping our players gain a lifelong interest and friendships. A number of our junior players that started with us have gone on to play in representative secondary school brass bands and orchestras, and have also been involved in high school competitions such as Ara Jazz Quest and Southern Jam. We help generate a feeling of being part of the community and provide music and educational services for events around the region.
We have a wealth of expert knowledge behind the band including national champions, national bandsmen and players who have been involved in some of the top bands in NZ and the UK. Since 2014, Nor'west Brass has been building strength rapidly and now has over 80 playing members.