Founded in 1891, iconic performing arts organisation Woolston Brass Inc. has remained true to its motto, Tohea Kia Kaha (Persevere, Be Strong).
Today the Woolston organisation has 120+ members across three brass bands: Woolston Junior Band, Woolston Concert Brass and Woolston Brass, and a Learners Group. Their leading Academy education programme teaches over 80 children and adults and provides a positive environment for them to learn music and engage with the community through concert performances, local and National contests.
Many Academy members progress to Christchurch’s iconic Woolston Brass, who are known for their musical excellence and versatility as a popular stage performer – whether it be in the concert hall performing to the Canterbury community in their annual concert series, or on the National, international, or local contest stage as New Zealand’s most successful contesting brass band.
Woolston Brass’ distinguished 130-year history records an abundance of championship success, overseas expeditions, and talented musicians whom many have represented Woolston in National and Youth Bands of New Zealand. Under the baton of Music Director Tyme Marsters since 2015, recent contest successes include winning the 2021 CPBBA Championship and 2nd place in the 2021 NZBBA Championships.
The Band also won the 2021 NZBBA Marching and Drum Major Championship titles under the mace of Todd Turner. Recent performance highlights include performing with Tenor Simon O’Neill, entertaining the crowds at the Canterbury Crusader Super Rugby Games and performing on the Christchurch Town Hall stage with guest artists at their annual ANZAC Variety Concert.
Woolston Brass Inc. exists today for its members to learn, play, perform and inspire each other and the community.