SINCE 1929
 
 

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US!

NAPIER TECHNICAL MEMORIAL BAND is a symphonic or wind band and as such play flute, saxophone, oboe, clarinet, bass guitar, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, drum kit, timpani.

 

Please feel free to contact the band if you are interested in joining. We are always looking for new players young and old!

 

We put on three or four public concerts a year, contribute at Anzac services, travel away to a national festival to compete against other bands, have a Junior Band for younger players and provide Christmas carols to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We rehearse each Tuesday night 7-9pm at the Band Room, Whitmore Park, Marewa, Napier.

 

Please contact Teresa Cuthbert

021 023 95310

 

 

OUR PHOTOS

NZCBA Festival August 2021

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HB Band Festival May 2021

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Auckland NZCBA Festival 2019

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Highlights from Auckland

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The Bernard Watson Trophy

For ensemble group showing the best Festival Spirit

The award is a new one donated by Rosemary Johnson.  She wanted to recognise adult musicians who were not receiving one of the major awards but for one reason or another gave the adjudicator the "feel good or tingle factor".

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Mothers' Day Concert May 2019

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Dr Paul Hendy
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check out the sax section
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Hoani
Hoani
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woodwind section
woodwind section
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Christopher playing Sometimes I feel
Christopher playing Sometimes I feel
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mothers day concert
mothers day concert
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Cameron playing Despacito
Cameron playing Despacito
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Rev Bob Foster enjoying the concert
Rev Bob Foster enjoying the concert
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mothers day concert
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OUR HISTORY

The Napier Technical College commenced in 1909. Its brass band formed in 1929.  Weekly practices were held in the evening between 7 and 9 pm much to the annoyance of the people attending night classes at the college.  A quote from the college magazine 1929, "The Naperian"   ".... though much discordant, our band is emerged into its present state ...this was due to the energy after Mr Hopkinson.  We must not forget something for we are adept of £50 from the Borough Council toward our band expenses".   At the time of the Napier earthquake on Feb 3 1931 the role was 338. Eight boys and one girl lost their lives at the school.  The Napier Technical Memorial Band remains as a perpetual memory to these children and to the original band.

 

Following the earthquake the band continued its existence serving the people of Napier with concerts, carolling and dances.  It also attended national  and Central District Brass Band competitions.  Between 1980 and 1990 Tea Dances held in the Technical Rooms in Whitmore Park were very popular with the public.  However with declining interest in brass banding the switch occurred to a symphonic band in 1997 under the musical directorship of Martin Sobleman from USA, then head of music at Napier Boys High School.  Subsequent musical directors have continued on this tradition.  Brian Kennedy (1999-2002), Stephen Gibbs (2003 -2005), Angela Warmke (2006), Christopher Wilson(2007-2009), Jane Stone (2010-2014) and present musical director Mr Hoani Hawaikirangi.  In 2013 with the assistance of treasurer Michelle Dunstall stunning new red uniforms were introduced.

 

Since 2010 the band holds regularly school holiday training workshops, open to all newcomers with the aim of encouraging new members to have the enjoyment of learning a new instrument and experiencing the commaraderie of band life. The band with its full complement of talented players is active in well supported and entertaining public concerts, turning out at Anzac day services in Clive and Napier, and at the end of the year plays Christmas carols from the back of Colin Smith's  truck in Napier and Taradale. The band attends the National Symphonic Band festivals held in a variety of locations throughout the year, these being Auckland, Whangarei, Hamilton, Rotorua, Napier, Hastings, Palmerston North, Wellington and in 2016, Gisborne.

 

The Original Band in 1929 in front of the Napier Technical College.

 

CONTACT US

Musical Director

Christopher Wilson


Chairperson

Teresa Cuthbert  021 023 95310


Secretary

Mike Coombe 06 8350727 

 

Rehearsals

Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm

Napier Tech Band Room

Whitmore Park,  Barker Ave

Marewa, NAPIER

 

For more information contact 

Teresa Cuthbert 021 023 95310

tcuthbert@napiercentral.school.nz