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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!

With members from all walks of life and many of who travel from Christchurch to rehearse, the Ellesmere Big Band is a proud part of the Ellesmere community. As well as local members there are a number of highly respected Christchurch musicians led by our band Director Matt Davi.

The Ellesmere Big Band performs at many public events including Oamaru Harbour St Jazz and Blues Festival, Ellesmere A & P Show and Lincoln Christmas Parade as well as private engagements such as dances, weddings and corporate functions.

ABOUT US
On The Sunny Side of The StreetEBB
00:00 / 03:00
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MEET THE BAND

  • Musical Director:  Matt Davis

  • Alto Saxes: Vincent Leahy, Alex Hayward         

  • Tenor Saxes: Matt Davis, Graeme Bellamy      

  • Baritone Sax:  Tim Nees      

  • Trumpets: Dave Ackermann, Barbara Nutsford, Tim Dixon

  • Trumpets: Greg Knowles, Mike Bickers          

  • Trombones: Roger Grenfell, Alison Donley, Janet Carter          

  • Lead Guitar: Charles Breurkes         

  • Bass Guitar: Robin Le Soeur        

  • Keyboard: Kate Chamberlain             

  • Drums:  Lucas O'Halloran

  • Vocals: Nicole Garner, Matt Davis, Greg Knowles                         

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UPCOMING GIGS

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Saturday 26th  November

  • 10am onwards
  • Dunsandel Domain

UPCOMING GIGS

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Saturday 10th December

  • 9am to 12:30pm

  • Lincoln

UPCOMING GIGS

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Dance

  • everyday!

MUSIC
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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

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HISTORY OF THE ELLESMERE BAND


The Ellesmere Big Band developed from what was originally the Ellesmere Brass Band, founded in 1902, and rehearses from the historic band hall in Leeston, Selwyn

 

​The Ellesmere Brass Band 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 120-year history

 

 

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