We are always on the lookout for new band members, and are happy to hear from players of all ages. Musicians will need to be able to demonstrate at least a grade 5 playing ability. At the moment we are particularly keen to hear from players of the following:
- French Horn
If you are interested in joining our band, please email your name and telephone number to Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will call you back to discuss details.
The Band rehearses on Tuesday evenings at Ormiston Senior College in Flatbush.
Information for Prospective Members
Every Monday we rehearse at Howick Presbyterian Church ( Vincent Street and Ridge Road, Howick). Rehearsals begin at 7:00pm and end at approximately 9:15-9:30 ish. We do not rehearse beyond our Christmas concert (early December) and resume in late January/early February.
You must bring your own music stand.
It is through a high rate of attendance that we can attain excellence musically, so this is a vital part of the expectation of every member.
The band is involved in around 10 concerts each year and the dates are found on the website. This includes the NZCBA National Concert Bands Festival, a competition held somewhere in the North Island during August/September. Within this there is a solo and ensemble competition which members can choose to participate in. During February there is a weekend band camp in the Auckland region. Dates are published as early as possible.
Uniform consists of black top and bottom (individual’s expense) with a green band scarf/tie that provided by the band. Black shoes, and minimal plain gold or silver jewellery. Black stands are preferred for concerts.
Membership in the band costs $70 per year ($50 students/senior citizens) as at 2017 and is paid by cash/ cheque or into the band bank account. Partial payments can be made for members who begin part way through a calendar year.
There are additional costs associated with the February camp and the Festival (accommodation, travel and food for two days) which we endeavour to keep to a minimum. Members who are experiencing financial difficulties are encouraged to speak with the President or any member of the committee.
The philosophy of MCB revolves around making music as a community. We ask that members attend rehearsals with commitment, that they practise their parts and come to rehearsals prepared, that they support each other in good and bad times and that they work together as a team to grow their musical skills and their social connections with each other.