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Source: New Zealand Defence Force

6 July 2020

The New Zealand Army Band will entertain the Christchurch this coming week, as they perform a free concert at the Christchurch Town Hall.

This family-friendly event will be the first concert in the Christchurch Town Hall Auditorium since lockdown.

New Zealand Army Band Director of Music Major Graham Hickman, DSD, said it would be a celebration of efforts New Zealanders had put in during lockdown.

“We want this to be a joyful family event, with a bit of something for everyone.

“We’ll be performing a real variety of music, and are lucky to have a number of very talented signers who will be performing rock, jazz, and classical crossover.

“We’re featuring internationally renowned violinist Fiona Pears and jazz legend Rodger Fox, as well as our own world-class army musicians,” he said.

During the lockdown in March and April the band kept busy by producing online recordings and videos each week, including an hour long Anzac Day concert. The videos reached more than five million people around the world.

New Zealand Army Band Live features the Army Band in its many and varied styles from traditional brass band to big band to the latest hits. It will also be streamed online at for those who are unable to attend.

“The band is really excited to present this concert to the people of Christchurch at this time,” Major Hickman said.

Where: Christchurch Town Hall Auditorium
When: Sunday 12 July, 2pm
Details: Tickets to ‘New Zealand Army Band Live’ are general admission, limit four per transaction and available from

New Zealand Army Band Live, is also the culminating event of the Virtual New Zealand Brass Band Championship – an online event taking place on 11 and 12 July to replace the cancelled New Zealand Brass Band Association’s annual national contest.