ellesmere big band

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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:  

  • Alto Saxes:           

  • Tenor Saxes:         

  • Baritone Sax:        

  • Trumpets:               

  • Trombones:           

  • Lead Guitar:          

  • Bass Guitar:          

  • Keyboard:              

  • Drums:  

  • Vocals                         

Matt Davis   

 

Vincent Leahy, Alex Hayward  

Matt Davis, Graeme Bellamy

Tim Nees

David Ackermann, Greg Knowles, Barbara Nutsford, Tim Dixon

Roger Grenfell, Alison Donley, Janet Carter

Charles Breurkes

Robin Le Soeur

Kate Chamberlain

Lucas O’Halloran  

Matt Davis, Greg Knowles,

Nicole Garner

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UPCOMING GIGS

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Sing

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Practice

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Dance

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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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