Auckland City Brass

Founded in 1938 as the Balmoral Boys’ Silver Band, Auckland City Brass is a B grade brass band based in Three Kings, Auckland. The band is committed to developing, teaching, and performing quality brass music in the community, and also regularly appears at competitions, public events, and at private functions. The conductor of Auckland City Brass is Tak Chun Lai, Principal Tuba with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and members of the band are an ensemble of professional, semi-professional, and amateur musicians.

National Brass Band Competition in Hamilton

Auckland City brass is competing at the 2019 New Zealand National Brass Band competition in Hamilton on July 12th and 13th. Watch the live stream of the Street March, Hymn and Test, and Own Choice at You can also watch us live- find out more details at

Results for the Band:

  • Sacred: 37.5 (5th)

  • Test: 86 (2nd)

  • Own Choice: 81 (4th)

  • Total: 204.5 (3rd Tied with Whanganui Brass)

Come and see us

Auckland City Brass rehearse on Tuesday Evenings from 7:30pm at the Old Pump House in Three Kings, Auckland (see photo below). People are always welcome to come along and join in or listen.

History of the Band

1938 - Balmoral Boys’ Silver Band

1948 - Mount Eden Band

1956 - Mt Roskill Municipal Band

1984 - Official Band of Auckland City

1993 - Auckland City Brass


The Bandroom

The Bandroom has been the home of Auckland City Brass since 1958, but before that it was a pumping station. In 1911, Mt Roskill Road Board called in water-diviner, Rev Harry Mason, to locate a site in Three Kings that would provide a good local water supply. He identified this site, and in 1915 the board built a pumping station here to service the district.

The building was later converted into Mt Roskill’s first community hall, where social gatherings and local theatrical productions took place. During the 1950s, the Auckland Boxing Club used the building. In 1958, the Mt Roskill Municipal Band was granted sole use of the facility. The building was restored by Mt Roskill Borough Council in 1988 and today it is still used by the Auckland City Brass for rehearsals, performances, and workshops.

Located on Grahame Breed Drive, Three Kings, the building is known as the Old Pump House. There is a deck out the back of the building for outdoor performances and social events, and players and visitors can use the free car park located right in front of the bandroom, which provides ample parking. Please note that access to the hall is not currently appropriate for wheel chairs.

Auckland City Brass Bandroom, Three Kings, Auckland

Auckland City Brass Bandroom, Three Kings, Auckland

For more information, please visit the contact page.