ellesmere big band

The Ellesmere Big Band is one of the oldest bands in the South Island, originating as the Ellesmere Brass Band in 1902. After the addition of saxes and rhythm in 2004,  the band has developed into the swinging Big Band you see today!

The Ellesmere Big Band performs in numerous venues throughout the Canterbury area. We are available to play for occasions such as: Corporate Functions, Dinner Dances, Weddings, Shows & Festivals, Community Events, & Christmas Celebrations.

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On The Sunny Side of The StreetEBB
00:00 / 03:00


  • Musical Director:  

  • Alto Saxes:           

  • Tenor Saxes:         

  • Baritone Sax:        

  • Trumpets:               

  • Trombones:           

  • Lead Guitar:          

  • Bass Guitar:          

  • Keyboard:              

  • Drums:  

  • Vocals

  • Ellesmere Belles:                          

Matt Davis   


Matt Davis, Alex Hayward  

Graeme Bellamy, Ian Ford

Marguerite Clubb

David Ackermann, Kath Wilson, Barbara Nutsford, Tim Dixon

Alison Donley, Roger Grenfell, Janet Carter

Charles Breurkes

Robin Le Soeur

Kate Chamberlain

Tom Wilson            

Matt Davis, Lisa Tui

Barbara, Marguerite, Kate, Alison


Friday Night Food Trucks with Swing dance

  • Friday, October 23, 2020

  • 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

  • Cathedral Square

Riverside Market

  • Saturday, October 24, 2020

  • 10:00 AM 3:30 PM

  • Riverside Market

Queenstown & Ellesmere Jazz @ Fat Eddies

  • Sunday, October 25, 2020

  • 3:00 PM 6:00 PM

  • Fat Eddies


Have a little bit of EBB to keep!

This CD was recorded live in November 2018 in front of an enthusiastic audience at the historic Greendale Baptist Church, Canterbury NZ.

$20 + $5 postage

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The Ellesmere Brass Band was formed in 1902.     Here is an article from 1906:

It was well known and won many awards at Brass Band Competitions. Bavarian band nights were popular in the 1970s. A history of the band was written during centennial celebrations in 2002, a copy of which is in Leeston Library.

In 2004, with the addition of saxophones and a rhythm section, it became known as the Ellesmere Concert Band. In 2014, the band moved to its current Big Band style.

In recent years it has benefited from the excellent leadership of Dave Neil, Ian Stringfellow and Riwai Hina, all Army Band alumnae. We are now led by the capable and well-renowned saxophonist Matt Davis.

Feel free to get in contact if you have any photos or memories from the band's 118-year history

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