Kumeu Brass 

Kumeu Brass - Specialists in Parades, Concerts & Private Functions,
Traditional & Modern Music for all occasions.

Kumeu Brass Inc. PO Box 513, Kumeu, West Auckland, New Zealand.

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Kumeu Brass - Our History

* 18th of December 1948
This was an auspicious day for Kumeu brass. On that day a local man, George Hilton chaired a meeting at the Kumeu hall where it was decided to establish a local brass band.

* September 1949
The “The Kumeu Citizens Brass Band Incorporated” was registered as an incorporated society.

* The 1950's
In 1953, the band got to the point where it could plan and build its own band room.
Each band member generously loaned £10 to the band to contribute to the costs of building the band room. The band room was officially opened on the 12th of June 1954.
In 1955 the band was so busy and successful that it could afford to pay back the loans from the previous year.

* The 1960's
The early 60’s were a difficult time for the band. It wasn’t until the later in the mid to late 60’s that things picked up again culminating in the 1967 when the band started the annual solo competition that became an annual event until the early 80’s, to great success developing the players and improving standards

Farmers Parade 1968 Redwood Park 1968
Farmers Parade 1968 Redwood Park 1968

The 1970's

In 1972 it was voted to allow women into the band despite objections from some of the long-standing members of the band.
Musical standards within the band had been slowly rising over the years helped by the healthy competition of the solo competition. This finally “bore fruit” with Kumeu winning the D grade section at the Auckland Regional Brass Contest in 1973. The Band continued success throughout the decade with wins in 1976 and 1978.
In 1977 the band felt confident enough to compete at a national level. Kumeu entered and came a very creditable 2nd place at the National D grade Championships. Kumeu Brass continued to compete at a national level often getting placed but not quite getting the win.

Kumeu Brass at Warkworth 1976 Warkworth 1876 Wellington Contest 1977 Kumeu Brass 1977 1978
1976 1976 1977 1977 1978

* The 1980's
Success at last! In 1984 at the National championships in Nelson, Kumeu finally became the national D grade Champions and Moved up to C grade.
Unfortunately however...
The late 80’s in contrast were difficult for Kumeu Brass. Membership declined rapidly and although rehearsals continued, contesting was put on hold for a number of years heralding Kumeu’s return to D grade.

Wellington 1981 Wellington 1981 Christmas 1983  
Wellington Contest Street March 1981 1981 Christmas 1983  

* The 1990's
The hard times didn’t last though. Throughout the 1990’s things improved for Kumeu Brass. This was also the period in which “The Kumeu Citizens Brass Band Incorporated” became “Kumeu Brass Incorporated”. In 1994 Kumeu won all the C & D grade sections of the Auckland regional contest including the soloist’s cup, that went to Peter Whyte.
In 1998 the band reached its 50th year and held a reunion to commemorate this landmark year. Band-people and ex-members came from around the country to attend.

1998 1998

* The 2000's
The band maintained its standards, although for various reasons didn't make it to as many national contests as they would have liked, due to contraints of time, and our desire to only play at our best. We performed well at Te Awamutu in 2003. In 2005, we beat all four C grade bands in the traditional contest of the Auckland Brass Association. According to our accumulated points, we're still D grade, but times are changing...

2002 2003
WBOP regional champions 2002 2003

 

 

 

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