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.
MEET THE BAND
Matt Davis, Alex Hayward
Graeme Bellamy, Ian Ford
David Ackermann, Greg Knowles, Barbara Nutsford, Tim Dixon
Roger Grenfell, Alison Donley, Janet Carter
Robin Le Soeur
Matt Davis, Tracy Rock, Greg Knowles, Nicole Garner
Barbara, Marguerite, Kate, Alison
A Rolling Stone Gathers Big Bands
Friday 22nd October 7pm
The Art of Big Band
Saturday 23rd October 1 pm
- Sunday 24th October 2pm
Have a little bit of EBB to keep!
This CD was recorded live in front of an enthusiastic audience at the historic Greendale Baptist Church, Canterbury NZ.
$20 + $5 postage
HISTORY OF THE ELLESMERE BAND
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