Nelson City Brass Brief History


Nelson City Brass is one of the oldest brass bands in New Zealand. Know by various names throughout the years it was established in 1857 as part of the military and with roots going back to 1841 it is in fact considered by many to be the country's first brass band.

The band has a wide age range and has competed successfully at regional and national contests over the years. Currently the band competes in the C Grade at a national level.

The major sponsor of the band is the Nelson City Council and they are the only organisation within the community able to use the city's crest as their emblem.

Nelson City Brass regularly undertake concerts in the community and a regular feature each year is the Last Night of the Proms concerts. In recent years guests artists have included Dame Malvina Major and Tim Beveridge.

Nelson City Brass were pleased and fortunate to be able to appoint Nigel Weeks as their Musical Director at the beginning of 2016 and look forward to a successful partnership together.

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