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 Kumeu Citizens Brass Band Incorporated” was registered as an incorporated society.

Taken in the Kumeu Hall.   The names are;
Back row left to right; David Wall, Ken Pearson, Doug Wright, George Clifton, unknown, Bruce Levy, Harold Wright.
Seated; Ron Attwood, Derry Faulder, Eric Cole, Bill Skelton, Viv Pearman

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 ’60s 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 1967 when the band started the annual solo competition that became an annual event until the early ’80s, to great success developing the players and improving standards

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 achieved 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.

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 ’80s, 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.

The 1990’s

The hard times didn’t last though. Throughout the 1990s 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.

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 constraints 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. In 2005 some retired members started “having a blow” on Thursday afternoons.   These “Old Farts” (as they were known) formed the nucleus of The Kumeu Vintage Brass (KVB). In 2008  KVB started giving public performances. 12 years on it has 40+ members. Also in 2008, Kumeu Brass Inc. became a Registered Charity.

The 2010’s

Kumeu Brass Started contesting on a national level again, winning the D Grade in 2015, receiving the D Grade shield again after 33 years. then again in 2016. During this time Kumeu Brass continued to win various awards at the Auckland Brass Band competitions. the Vintage Brass made their mark in hosting fabulous concerts around the North Island.

The 2020’s

The Corona Virus Struck New Zealand in March 2020 and with multiple Health Lockdowns and restrictions in the Auckland region, it curtailed groups getting together to play instruments. however, in 2021 under Linda Filimoehala’s baton Kumeu Brass competed in the Nationals in Christchurch and came a solid fourth in the D grade. In 2022 we competed again in the D grade in Wellington and came third overall in the D grade as well as first in the Stage march and winning the cup for the March.

1955- 1961 Wanganui Garrison

1961 Cambridge Municipal

1961 – 1967 Te Awamutu Municipal

1967- 1971 Waitemata Silver

1971 Christchurch Fire Brigade

1971 – 1973 1RNZIR Singapore

1973 – 1976 Skellerup Woolston

1976 – 1978 1RNZIR Singapore

1978 – 1981 Skellerup Woolston

1981 – 1982 Greymouth

1982 – 1984 1RNZIR Singapore, Drum Major

1984 Greymouth

1984 – 1987 Continental Airlines

1988 – 1992 RNZAF Auckland, Bandmaster

1993 – 1996 New Lynn

2000 – 2002 New Lynn

2005 – 2008 Dalewool & North Shore

2009 – 2011 Auckland City Brass

2012 – 2013 Papakura

2014 – 2105 Auckland City Brass

2016 – 2018 Woolston Concert Brass2019 – 2020 Auckland City Brass

1964 – 1969 Taupo Citizen’s Silver Band playing Eb Bass, Euphonium.

1985-1986 Taupo Citizen’s Silver Band playing Euphonium and Trombone

2001- present Kumeu Brass playing Baritone