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The West City Concert Band is a West Auckland community wind band, consisting of volunteers who practice together weekly and perform at various events throughout Auckland. The band is made up of people of all ages, and has encouraged many people to renew their love of music and performing.

As schools are not always able to offer large scale band programs, West City has worked with the community to fill this gap and provide a concert band program for West Auckland youth. Our youth band comprises students from various West Auckland high schools and practices weekly during the school term.

The West City Jazz Orchestra is a semi-professional group of West City players who provide high quality jazz and big band music for events and festivals. Contact us for more information about rates and availability.

West City Bands: REUNITED

Sat 31st October 2020, 7 pm
Bruce Ritchie Performing Arts Centre
274 Don Buck Rd
Massey, Auckland 0614

One of the things we’ve missed and have come to appreciate in 2020 is the live concert experience. There is something about getting a ticket and counting down the days that makes it extra special. Or maybe it’s the buzz of the theatre and being immersed in glorious waves of sound. Something magical certainly happens when dozens of musicians bring their collective heart and talent to the stage!

This is West City’s REUNITED! West City Concert Band and Youth Concert Band bring together a year’s worth of achievements through the music of Saint-Saens, Bernstein and Milhaud and more. This is a program that offers something for everyone — from much-loved classics to the world premiere of Faultlines by Auckland’s own Josiah Carr! It’s been a year in the making and we can’t wait to see you!

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About

Who we are

West City Band Inc. is an incorporated society and registered charity with the sole purpose of supporting the activities of the following musical groups:

  • West City Concert Band (55 members aged 15 – 70)
  • West City Youth Concert Band (45 members aged 13 – 25*)
  • West City Jazz Orchestra (20 members)

Each group provides a range of playing opportunities for woodwind, brass and percussion players, from community concerts to parade performances and ticketed events, often in collaboration with other groups and artists across Auckland.

Our history

West City Band Inc. was founded in 1976 by Barrie Turner, and from the start was a family focused band, with Barrie, his wife, their daughters, and five more members of Barrie’s family forming the initial core of the band. In the following years the band was joined by a few more West Auckland families, including the Lodge-Osborns, the Winteringhams, and the Watlings, one of whom is still in the band today. Throughout its operation the band also had its share of prestigious patrons, including Brian Berg, former Mayor of Glen Eden; Ned Covich, former Mayor of Waitemata City; Dail Jones, NZ Politician and former
Member of Parliament for the Waitemata Electorate and Tim Shadbolt; former Mayor of Waitemata City.

For over 40 years the band has been actively involved in a wide range of community projects. Most notable are the band’s long-standing relationships with the Henderson Rotary Club, the New Lynn Lions Club, the Titirangi RSA and the Farmers’ Santa Parade. Currently the Society is at its largest with  about 100 members!