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Napier Technical Memorial Band

SINCE 1929


NAPIER TECHNICAL MEMORIAL BAND is a symphonic or wind band and we invite any brass, woodwind or percussion player to come and join us.

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

Our JUNIOR BAND is suitable for younger, school-aged musicians who can read music and are ready to further develop their instrumental playing alongside other like-minded musicians.

We rehearse each Tuesday night 6-6.45pm at the Band Room, Whitmore Park, Marewa, Napier.

Our BEGINNER BRASS BAND is for children who want to learn the trumpet or trombone.  New classes start at the beginning of each school year.  We keep a waiting list of potential musicians.

Lessons are on Sunday mornings during term time at the Band Room, Whitmore Park, Marewa, Napier.

Please contact Teresa Cuthbert

021 023 95310

Our work


HB Festival of Bands 2023

Christmas Caroling 2023

MTG 2023

Busking 2023


Busking April 2022

photos by Marlene Nascimento

MTG Concert 2022

Christmas Concert 2021

photos by Marlene Nascimento

HB Band Festival May 2021

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NZCBA Festival August 2021



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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), Hoani Hawaikirangi (2015-2021) and present musical director Christopher Wilson.

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



Musical Director

Christopher Wilson


Teresa Cuthbert  021 023 95310


Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm

Napier Tech Band Room

Whitmore Park,  Barker Rd

Marewa, NAPIER

For more information contact 

Teresa Cuthbert 021 023 95310

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