Upcoming Events

  • Notice of Annual General Meeting for:Dalewool Auckland Brass
    City of Sails Auckland Brass Inc

    Thursday 14th September  2017 at 7.30pm

    Location: Dalewool Bandroom
    98 Captain Springs Rd

    The band is in need of non-playing supporters to assist with management and decision making for the band. Meetings are every couple of months. Want to work with some fun people in a creative setting and help a great kiwi institution?


    Actively looking for a Chairman to help take the band forward and to help with Marketing and Publicity for the band and any potential sponsors

    Please contact us for further information if you can help.

  • Dalewool Brass presents Music of Film and Theatre

    This concert will feature familiar music from many film and theatre production favourites. There could be a surprise or two so come along, you will not be disappointed.

    Raye Freedman Arts Theatre
    Epsom Girls Grammar
    Sunday October 8th at 2.00pm.

    Tickets can be booked through www.iTICKET.co.nz or at the door
    Adults $35
    Seniors $25
    Students/Children $10

  • Dalewool Brass presents This is Christmas

    To round off the year the Band will play its annual Christmas concert featuring the Auckland Youth Choir.

    Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell
    Saturday 9th December at 7.00pm.

    Tickets can be booked through [email protected] or www.iTICKET.co.nz
    Adults $35
    Seniors $25
    Students/Children $10

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.

Invercargill 2014

The band is well into its preparations for the 2014 New Zealand Brass Band Championships in sunny Invercargill. The contest runs from the 9th-12th July with events for soloists, small ensembles and of course, our full band.

In 2013 we came 2nd… just! In 2014 we have every intention of winning the title. Dalewool Auckland Brass has been in the highest grade for brass bands for all of its modern existence and taken plenty of titles, it has been a few years since we last held all of the trophies though and we plan to put that right.

Read Morenz2014logoAttending events like these is very expensive for a band. While our members pay many of the costs themselves, it is not cheap to fly and accommodate 30 people with their heavy instruments at the other end of the country! By attending our concerts you make it possible for the band to stay at the leading edge and compete at such a high level – every one of us thanks you.

On Monday July 7th we are planning a free open rehearsal along the same format as our very successful event last year. Final details are being confirmed now, if you are signed up to our email newsletter you will get all of the information in your inbox as soon as it is available.

Official information about the competition is available here.


Dalewool Auckland Brass with Nigel Weeks performing ‘Music Of The Spheres’ by Philip Sparke at the 2013 NZ Brass Band Championships in New Plymouth. This performance was awarded first place with 148 points out of a possible 150.

Dalewool Auckland Brass with Nigel Weeks performing ‘Just As I Am’ by Wilfred Heaton at the 2013 NZ Brass Band Championships in New Plymouth. This performance was awarded third place.

Dalewool Auckland Brass with Nigel Weeks perfoming ‘The Promised Land’ by Kenneth Downie at the 2013 NZ Brass Band Championships in New Plymouth. This performance was awarded second place.

Dalewool Auckland Brass with The Graduate Choir NZ performing ‘Shepherd’s Pipe Carol’ by John Rutter at the famous Christmas Magic concert.

New Plymouth 2013


For a local contest the band can drive over at leisure, if it’s on the South Island we can fly down and ride a coach around. If it’s at the other end of the North Island though we all feel obliged to stay at work as long as possible which leads to lengthy overnight (or early morning) drives.

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It’s fair to say that when the solo and party events started on Wednesday there were a few bleary eyes and the odd cheeky yawn. Thankfully this didn’t stop some great playing; our 10(ish!)-piece ensemble performed Suppe’s ‘Poet and Peasant’ to a brilliant 2nd place in the larger ensemble group. Christchurch band Woolston Brass traditionally dominate this event so we were pleased to push them down the placings a little. This was the first time Dalewool entered this event, it won’t be the last. Victory was claimed by a group from our friends at Hamilton Brass led by ex-Dalewool player Sergio Marshall.

Following this most of us retired to the Devon Hotel for a snooze while Ross Gerritsen (solo baritone) fulfilled his duty judging the junior euphonium competition. In a first in brass band competition history, the small ensemble section ran EARLY! Some nifty phone-work from Ross dragged everyone back out of bed (“we’re meant to be on stage now!”) and the euph/bari quartet performed to win a great 3rd place. The judges comments pointed out that the playing was a little tired to start but seemed to come to life as the piece progressed… funny that!

I remember returning to the hotel after and realising that only an hour before I had been there fast asleep.

Thursday featured the senior solo events. The church halls provided an odd acoustic and many of the players from all bands who normally feature highly found themselves ranking lower than usual. We got some great places anyway (John Lewis 2nd, Arsene Latu 3rd, Ross Gerritsen 2nd) but the biggest honour went to Fraser ‘Fritz’ Robertson who was crowned Eb Bass champion.

We all love Fritz, but probably no player in our band gets as much stick from the conductor! I’m sure we’ll never here the end of it from him now.

Fritz went on to ‘respect the uniform’ extremely well in the Champion of Champions that evening and we’re very proud of his achievement. It was a good way to get out of a rehearsal!

Friday is when the show really gets started. The Parade of Bands saw all of the band competing brave the grey/spitty weather to show their marching skills to the locals. We were proud to have Innes Jephson from the Dalewool Pipe Band leading us (thanks also to Allan McDonnell for assisting with training) and we were judged to be the 3rd smartest-looking band. Given how many of us feel about having to march this was quite a shock.

In the evening we performed the first stage full-band event with our hymn ‘As I Am’ and the set work ‘The Promised Land’. Both performances went off well and we left the stage in high spirits. The buzz around the crowd was high – Dalewool is on top form!

On Saturday we performed our own-choice major work, ‘Music of the Spheres’ by Philip Sparke. If a piece was ever written to suit the strengths of our band, this is it. Big and exciting, full of melody and with a finale that requires iron men on euphonium and baritone. The performance started with a brilliant horn solo from our virtuoso Andy Williams and the standard never slipped. The ending was very special and our last note was greeted with cheers and people jumping to their feet. And not just our own supporters!

The American judge Stephen Bulla agreed with the crowd and awarded the band an amazing 148/150. Not a score you will see much! That crown was ours. John Lewis also won ‘best principal cornet’ for his performance which didn’t surprise anybody.

The overal winners (combined from the events Friday and Saturday) were Wellington Brass who many listeners agreed might just pip us to the championship 🙂 Only one point in it and a 2nd place to be proud of for Dalewool Auckland Brass. Our band has always been strong but it feels like we are really on top of the game at the minute… watch out next year!

Following this was the traditional glass of water and early night for all… and we found ourselves on Sunday much like the start of our adventure, ie tired and bleary eyed.

2014 will be see us in beautiful Invercargill, we’ll be thirsty for victory!

In Front Of The Judge

Have you ever wondered what the adjudicator gives to a band after they perform at a competition? At the NZ championships we are given a set of written comments as well as a recording with the judge giving his opinions as the band plays.

For our own choice this year we performed Philip Sparke’s ‘Music of the Spheres’ and scored a huge 148 out of 150.

Below are the written comments of chief adjudicator Stephen Bulla uncensored, underlined text here was also underlined on the judge’s sheet:

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Wonderful horn opening. Crafted.

Good pulse and shape to the ‘bang’ figures. Well aligned ensem(ble).

157 – 169 wonderful.

LONELY PLANET – Soliloquys shaped and finessed.
Sectional unisons! Well balanced. Blend of horns and flugels! (Loving this.)

ASTEROIDS – Great detail and effects.

HARMONIA – The colour is like a church organ. Breathtaking.

UNKNOWN – Brilliant job with clarity. Alignment scary good. 

Ensemble absolutely of one mind and on top of that, everyone had a good night!

This was an artistic masterpiece and impressed beyond words. I loved it.

Leadership in front must be very proud. Your work paid off!

2013 NZ Brass Band Championships

The week of July 15th sees the annual New Zealand Brass Band Championships take place in sunny (we hope!) New Plymouth. Visit the official site for full information about the event.

The band hasn’t taken the big prize for a few years now, but with Nigel Weeks in command things are sounding pretty good… here’s hoping!

As well as the main band competition Dalewool will be performing in the street march, entering some small ensembles and our usual world class soloists will be looking to retain their titles in the solo events.

During the contest week we’ll be updating this site with results, pictures and stories so be sure to stop by and see how your favourite band is doing!

UPDATE! Friday 19/7 15:30

Solo and party events are complete.

HUGE congratulations to our Eb tuba Fraser ‘Fritz’ Robertson for taking the prize in his section. First time for him! An excellent performance at the ‘Champion of Champions’ also, we’re all very proud.

High placings received also by:

10-piece – 2nd place
Euph/bari quartet – 3rd place
John Lewis – 2nd in Open Cornet, 3rd in Invitiational Slow Melody
Arsene Latu – 3rd in Amateur Cornet

Congratulations to all of the other winners, especially our friends and former players.

Street march has just finished, now for the full-band events.

Most events are being streamed live, check out http://brasschamps2013.co.nz/Live-Stream-Video/


Still Winning

While Dalewool did not attend the nation championships in Timaru this year, we still brought home some excellent results.

Principal cornet John Lewis once again took the Championship Cornet crown and Kay Mackenzie blitzed the Open Soprano Cornet against a very strong field to prove what we already know (ie that she is the very best!).Read More

John was pipped to second place in the Champion of Champions by the legendary Phil Johnston from our southern rivals, Woolston Brass.

Gareth Lawless (tuba) came out of solo retirement to get an excellent third place in his section and ex-member/good friend of the band Lisa Rogers took the honours in the flugelhorn competition.

Several of our players made the trip down to assist other bands including North Shore Brass, Hamilton, Marlborough, Wanganui and Invercargill.

Next year the contest will be in New Plymouth, Dalewool will be there!