Rehearsals

Wellington City Concert Band

Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30pm
Music Department Theater
Wellington College

The band plays a dynamic and varied programme each year and is Wellingtons largest community symphonic band with over 50 musicians.

Whilst fun and social, the band works hard to achieve excellence in playing with many semi-pro musicians attracted to join as well as the top school aged wind, brass and percussion players.

Entry is by audition and an 80% attendance at practices and concerts is the expectation for those wishing to join the band.

Grade 7+
Audition required
inquire about joining
Rehearsals

Capital City Wind Band

Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30pm
Music Department Theater
Wellington College

The Capital City Wind Band is for musicians of all ages and levels, approximately from grade 3–6. The band enjoys performing a wide range of music from classical standards to great film and pop music.

This band is suited to players of all ages who want to enjoy playing and making music in a fun and supportive environment or for those getting back into playing after a long break from their instrument.

All skill levels
No audition required
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THE Directors

Simon Brew
Capital City Wind Band

 

Simon holds a BMus with Honours degree (1st class) from Massey University and a Masters of Music from the Artez Conservatorium in the Netherlands. He has been a contract player for, among other ensembles, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands National Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and Netherlands Blazers Ensemble. Simon has toured New Zealand and internationally with chamber ensembles Saxcess, Tango Virtuosi, Four Baritones, and Trio Elan.

He was previously Director of Music for the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band. Simon was the principal saxophonist and a featured artist with the band between 2005 and 2006.

Awards include the 2010 winner (by jury) of the prestigious Grachtenfestival Conservatorium Competition in Amsterdam as well as winning by public vote the Artez Kunstnacht Competition for best graduating student for 2010 (both with the Runeas Duo). He also won best saxophonist under 30 at the International Festival of Single Reeds in Melbourne (2005), 3rd place in the New Zealand National Concerto Competition (2003),and best New Zealand wind player (and semi finalist) at the Gisborne International Music Competitions (2003).

 

Simon has performed with various ensembles in numerous festivals and countries including the Asia Pacific Music Festival (NZ), BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall) (UK), Taranaki Arts Festival (NZ), Brandenburgischen Sommerkonzerte (Berlin), Middleburg Kamermuziek Festival (Netherlands), Grachtenfestival (Amsterdam), Grenswerk Festival (Netherlands), International Youth Music Festival (Vienna), the 2006 North American Saxophone Conference (USA) and the 2012 World Saxophone Congress (Scotland).

Simon took conducting lessons while studying in the Netherlands with, among others, Hennie Ramaekers and Fred Dobbelstein. In 2004 Simon was an assistant/intern to the music staff of the NBR New Zealand Opera. Simon was the conductor and Artistic Leader of Saxperience Ensemble in Germany and the AKU/Artez Saxophone Orchestra. Between his studies in New Zealand and the Netherlands Simon taught saxophone at numerous schools, conducted youth and school bands and took workshops for a variety of organisations. He now works as the Education Director at the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conducts a number of local ensembles.

THE Directors

Mike Ashton
Wellington City Concert Band

 

Originally from the UK, Mike studied trombone at the Birmingham Conservatoire under Philip Harrison from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Whilst studying, he was selected as principal trombone of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain and upon graduating joined the Band of the Coldstream Guards as co-principal trombone. During this time, he performed at many high profile events including the BBC Proms and Live 8 in Hyde Park, ceremonial occasions such as the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and Trooping the Colour, and extensive tours through Europe, the USA, Japan and Australia. In 2009 the band recorded the platinum selling album “Heroes” which went on to be nominated for a Classical Brit award.

Mike moved to New Zealand in 2010 to take up the position of Principal Trombone for the Royal New Zealand Navy. Highlights included recording the official 2016 NZ olympic song with Hollie Smith and tours of Samoa, Tonga, South Korea and Australia. During his time in Auckland, he also performed with the Auckland Philharmonia and its associated trombone choir “Aucktet”,  the Rodger Fox Big Band, the Auckland Jazz Orchestra, Dalewool brass and the 2014 National Band of New Zealand on their tour of China.

 

He is an enthusiastic conductor and educator, having held the position of Musical Director for the North Shore Concert Band and running workshops with a number of community and school groups.

In 2016, Mike relocated to Wellington where he performs with the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band and continues to be in demand as a performer, conductor and teacher.

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