Appointment of Tak Chun Lai as MD for our next up coming concert

Auckland City Brass welcomes Tak Chun Lai to wave the baton.

A native of Hong Kong, Tak Chun Lai began musical training at age 11. Lai completed his Bachelor of Music (Honours) at University of Melbourne in 2013, under the guidance of Tim Buzbee (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra). Before studying in Australia, Lai completed a Diploma of Music Performance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2009, under the guidance of Paul Luxenburg (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra).

He joined the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as the Principal tuba player in 2015, and is a active teacher of brass in Auckland.

Lai has freelanced with a number of orchestras, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Northern Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Asian Youth Orchestra.

Lai has been awarded many scholarships during his years of study. They include Donald William Thornton Bequest Scholarship (2013), Frank Barzyk Brass Award (2013), Hong Kong Disney Scholarship (2010), Bernard Van Zuiden Music Fund Scholarship (2010), and the Hong Kong SAR Philharmonic Scholarship (2008).

Lai is the 2012 Champion of Open Bass Tuba, 2013 Champion of Open Contra Bass Tuba in Victorian Band’s League State Solo Championship and the Champion of Open High Tuba in Australian National Band Championship 2013.

Lai has also conducted the New Zealand Youth Brass Ensemble and wind band/concert bands in Hong Kong.

Tak Chun Lai has just returned to New Zealand with Wellington Brass Band who won a clean sweep in taking the National Australian Band Contest for 2018.

Auckland City Brass is very excited to have Tak Chun Lai on board.




Happy New Year everyone

We have an exciting year ahead with a new conductor, new players and National contest in Wellington this year.

First full rehearsal is Monday 23rd January at 7.30pm.

New players welcome! Please email to register your interest.

As the National Contest is so soon this year in April – we will need to all commit to extra rehearsals (likely to be on a Wednesday night and some time on weekends leading up to the contest).

Full rehearsal schedule is to be confirmed by the end of January.

Looking forward to seeing you all there for a successful start to 2017


Music Director Wanted!

Do you love music? Working with other musicians? Consider yourself a good leader?

Auckland City Brass is looking for a new Musical Director/conductor to start as soon as possible and lead the senior band long term.

This paid position requires dedication to put on concerts and showcases throughout the year as well as preparing the band for Regional and National Brass Band competitions. Auckland City Brass intends to go to the National Contest in Napier 2016 and already have some performances planned for the year. The Music Director will prepare for the rehearsal every Monday night (some Wednesdays and weekends leading up to contest and concerts) and will be available for performance commitments.

Music experience is essential along with enthusiasm and direction to see Auckland City Brass flourish.

Conducting experience desirable however new conductors just starting out are also welcome to apply as all applications will be considered.

Sounds like you or somebody you know? Contact Rachel – Band Manager immediately by email.

Vacancy – Musical Director Needed!

Do you love music? Working with other musicians? Consider yourself a good leader?

Due to the unfortunate resignation of our conductor, Auckland City Brass is once again looking for a new Musical Director/conductor to start in January 2016 and lead the senior band for the next few years (or decades, who knows!).

The position requires a dedication to putting on concerts and showcases throughout the year as well as preparing the band for Regional and National Brass Band competitions. The MD is would be at every rehearsal Monday nights (some Wednesdays and weekends) and performance commitment. Musical and conducting experience will be required, but also enthusiasm and drive to see Auckland City Brass flourish.

Sounds like you or somebody you know? Contact Band Manager Josh immediately by email or at 021722900

Auckland City Brass’ 2015 Christmas Concert at Saint Lukes Church

Hello all,

It is with much excitement that we announce our 2015 Christmas Concert, to be held at Saint Lukes Church on Remuera Road, Auckland. All ages are welcome to join us for a night of vibrant brass music, sing-along Christmas tunes and snacks.

Tickets are $10; $25 for families.

2015 Christmas Concert Poster
2015 Christmas Concert Poster

“A Long, Long, Long Way To Tipperary!”

At the crack of dawn on a summer morning in 2014, a small and daring group of Auckland City Brass band members set out across town. Our destination? O’Connell Street in downtown Auckland. We were about to participate in, what was for most of us, our first film shoot!

After a long morning of make up and costuming, a short way from the set, a significantly sharper-looking group of 1914-era soldiers were ready to perform in what must be one of Auckland City Brass’ most unique gigs since the early 1900s! Joined by a large group of extras, we congregated on Shortland Street, instruments and a copy of “It’s A Long Way To Tipperary” in hand, and marched.

It was a hard day – though not as hard, one might imagine, as it may have been for the real military marching bands of the time! For what must have been around five hours, we marched up O’Connell Street, every time improving upon the last, learning the topology of the street in exquisite detail. More detail, in fact, than any of us ever could have imagined!


ACB members after participating in filming for TVNZ’s “When We Go To War” miniseries.
Alas, when the shoot wrapped up, we had amassed a fair number of unique and whacky photos, some awesome memories, and an experience of true show business (or movie business, as the case may be). The film that the shoot was for, is “When We Go To War”, a TV miniseries produced by TVNZ, which aired to coincide with ANZAC Day 2015.

For those of us in ACB, the march to Tipperary that day was, indeed, very long. But the hard work paid off! Below is a snippet of the scene. You can also see it in “When We Go To War”, available on TVNZ OnDemand.