Upcoming Events

  • Dalewool Brass presents the Peter McDermott Tribute Concert

    A salute to the Bands long time sponsor who sadly passed away in 2015, Peter was a major sponsor of the Band for many years and this concert is in honour of his support.

    Centrestage Theatre in Orewa
    Sunday August 6th at 2.00pm.
    Adults $35
    Seniors $25
    Students/Children $10

Tickets from NZbrass.com or from Centrestage Theatre Tel 09 426 7282


Sponsor(s) Wanted

Due to the passing of our current Sponsor Peter McDermott, Dalewool is now open to a new sponsor to fill the void left. Naming rights for the Band could also be discussed. Why not contact us and see how sponsoring the band could give your company extra exposure while supporting a worthy cause?

Dalewool Auckland Brass is extremely grateful to all supporters and sponsors. Below are some of our recent sponsors…

New Zealand National Band Dalwood Players


Best of Luck to Dalewool Players who are representing NZ in the National band in July

Soprano Cornet: Kay Mackenzie

Principal Cornet: John Lewis

Second Cornet: Rhys McDonnell

First Baritone: Ross Gerritsen –

Second Baritone: Ian O’Malley –

Pitched Percussion: Rachel Thomas

Also to Nigel weeks the Musical director and several other players who have been associated with Dalewool Auckland Brass

Best wishes to the New Zealand National band who are competing in the Championship Division of the World Championships in Kerkrade, the Netherlands. Only 10 bands are invited to compete in this championship which is held every four years. Other bands invited come from England, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland. All ten bands compete twice, the first day on a set test piece, a new commission by Swiss composer Oliver Waespi  and the second day on an own choice programme of 40 minutes. Included in the National Band’s programme will be three pieces which are brand new compositions. One of those is from the well-known New Zealand composer Gareth Farr. The champion band will be the winner on aggregate over both competitions.


Link http://www.brassbanz.org/national-band


This Is Christmas

Since they joined us for the 2015 Christmas concert the Auckland Youth choir have established themselves a serious contributor to the Auckland Music scene. Following a large number of the choir travelling to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall in February they returned to undertake an extremely successful set of concerts starting with May’s “M” – the music of Mews, Marshall, Mealor, Mendelssohn and Matthews. Then again at St Mathews in the City they delivered a series of pieces from Durufle, Lauridsen and Faure’s Requiems.

We are delighted to share the 2016 Dalewool Christmas Concert with this fine young choir and know that you will enjoy a fantastically rich and diverse selection for brass and choir at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Steve Miles directs his first Christmas Concert with the band and will no doubt continue the legacy of fine music for the festive season. Dalewool Auckland Youth band is performing from 6.15pm.

Please note the earlier start time of 7.00pm

Buy/reserve tickets for our most popular concert of the year now!

Email: [email protected] or www.nzbrass.com or www.iticket.co.nz or ph 09 361 1000

Where: Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Parnell
When: Saturday 3 December 2016, 7.00pm
Cost: Adults $25, Seniors $20, Children $10

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New Players Wanted

Dalewool Auckland Brass is always happy to welcome fresh talent on any brass or percussion instrument. Please contact us (confidentially if required).

Scholarships are available for suitable applicants. Please contact us

If you are a musician passing through Auckland you are welcome to come and play along for a rehearsal or two. Contact us and we’ll sort it out.

Assistance may be available for international applicants. New Zealand welcomes talented immigrants.



More Solo Class

Way back at the end of May our players descended on Tangaroa College in Otara for the annual Auckland Band Association Solo and Small Ensemble Competition. Did we win anything? What do you think!?

tromquartetWe took the trifecta in the any-age Slow Melody section with Peter Adams taking first place on tenor horn, Dave Wright coming second on trombone and Patricia Robertson-Bickers picking up the bronze on flugel horn.

In the not-slow section Mike Ashton came second on trombone and Peter Adams added to a great day with third place.

Ian O’Malley and Hamish Jellyman joined forces to win the open duet section and our trombone section (Mike Ashton, Dave Wright, Marc Nethercot and Phil Spriggs) beat stiff local competition to win the trombone quartet.

The day didn’t end there as the talented kids of Dalewool Youth Band also raided the trophy cabinet. With 24 entrants in total (the youngest player only six years old!) and first places in almost all of the junior categories our incredible kids (and their fantastic leader Jill Christoff) are now well established as the best youth band in Auckland.

Celtic Class

June saw the revival of our Celtic themed concerts at the new venue (and much enjoyed!) Dorothy Winstone Theatre at Auckland Girls Grammar School.

We were joined by a number of young dancers from The Doyle Academy of Irish Dance who wowed the audience with fancy footwork and accompanied the band through the thrilling Finale from Riverdance.

Highlights were plenty and included major work The Hymn of the Highlands and Principal Trombone Mike Ashton’s performance of The Blue Bells Scotland. I’m sure many people did not know a trombone could play so many notes! Ken Cant performed a wonderful duet with the harp on his euphonium.

The crowd was extremely enthusiastic and our dancers found the energy to reprise Riverdance once more as an encore. Look forward to this concert back again in 2015!