In February 2005, a group of musicians and conductors came together to discuss the possibility of the formation of an independent wind band in Hawke’s Bay, and as a result Bay Cities’ Symphonic Band was born.

The task of conducting the Band has been shared in the main by two gentlemen being John Snowling, former Director of Music at Lindisfarne College Hastings, and retiring-as-conductor Brian Kennedy, an experienced bandsman and past Bandmaster of the Napier Salvation Army.

In addition to presenting concerts around the district, the Band encourages school bands to become more involved, by holding joint concerts whenever possible.

Each year the Band attends a number of events such as The Hawke’s Bay Festival of Bands, The Feilding Band Festival, The National Concert Bands Festival and visits to other towns outside of the district. The Band has been very successful and had attained several Gold and Silver Awards. These results reflect the hard work of our conductors as well as the players themselves. The dedication put into weekly rehearsals flows through to our concerts, ensuring our participants continue their musical development, and we provide the best possible experience for our audience.

We are a community organisation with members ranging in age from high school music students to senior citizens. We encourage young players in the Band and offer a sense of belonging whilst they learn about commitment and respect, and improve their musical skills. We share a passion for promoting quality wind band music throughout Hawke’s Bay. We strive for musical excellence whilst encouraging friendship and camaraderie.

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