Join a Concert Band in 2023!

The Christchurch School of Music is one of New Zealand’s greatest musical treasures, and we’re on the hunt for musicians to join our range of Concert Bands – no matter your age or experience! We are taking Semester 2 2023 enrolments now!

Learn more about our Concert Bands available to join for both children and adults, and if you’re keen – register your interest to enrol at the form at the bottom of this page!

Our CSM Concert Band – 2021 Performance

Experience the transformative power of playing in a concert band at CSM!

Instruments in a concert band are flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, euphonium, French horn, tuba and percussion.

  • Unlock your musical potential while having a blast!
  • Develop crucial skills like rhythm, pitch, and sight reading
  • Be part of a “big” sound from the early stages of your musical journey, creating unforgettable musical memories
  • Immerse yourself in a diverse repertoire that blends timeless classics with exciting contemporary tunes
  • Unleash your passion for music while enjoying the camaraderie of playing alongside other musicians

Whether you’ve been playing for 10 months or 10 years – there is a Concert Band at CSM for you!

OUR Concert Bands


Who: Years 4-9 who have been learning for 2-3 years

When: Friday 6.00pm-7.00pm

Where: Beckenham School Hall

Conductor: Mattthew Harris

This band which is run as part of our Outreach Band programme gives primary school children the opportunity to play some of the exciting concert band repertoire. Students who play wind, brass and percussion and have been learning for 1-2 years are invited to come along and join their peers for some great music making. An audition may be needed.


Who: for players at a Grade 6 level and above

When: Saturday 1:30 – 3.00

Where: Avonhead School (55 Avonhead Road)

Conductor: Mark Hodgkinson

A Concert Band is made up of woodwind, brass, percussion and string bass players. Concert bands, as the name implies, were formed to entertain at concerts. The CSM concert band is a family oriented ensemble which is aimed at giving players of all ages the opportunity to play the richly rewarding and entertaining concert band repertoire. In the course of the year the CSM Concert Band will perform a huge variety of repertoire from classic masterpieces through to more contemporary popular medleys. Players normally would need to be playing at around a grade 6-7 level or above to join this group.

“A great Christchurch institution. Well organised and a wonderful place to learn to play an instrument at any age. I wouldn’t be as passionate about music without the outstanding support, teaching and joy that CSM provides!

Joleen Cherry

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About The Christchurch School of Music

Tens of thousands of Christchurch children and adults have learned to love and appreciate music at CSM. CSM is a place where the whole family can learn music in the same place at the same time! We also offer a wide range of orchestras, ensembles and performing groups for all ages and abilities.

CSM is a not-for-profit organisation with a strong focus on community. On a Saturday morning the whole family can find something musical to match their interests and abilities. Preschool children can begin their musical journey by joining in our experiential “Take Off with Music” while older children and adults may opt for group or individual lessons on a specific instrument (including voice). Those who already play are welcome to join in one of our fabulous ensembles or choirs. If Saturdays aren’t an option for you or your family, CSM also offers a range of weekday opportunities for learning and playing music.

The variety at CSM is not limited to the selection of instruments and teachers, but includes a wide range of musical styles. For those with an interest in classical music our graded orchestras are the perfect choice. The family oriented concert band plays a vast selection including classical, show tunes, folk music and popular songs that everyone will recognise. 

Filling out this form does not immediately lock you in to an concert band – we will contact you to discuss your needs and find the best fit for you or your child. Want to chat with us before filling out the form?


(03) 366 1711

Register Your Interest in Joining a Concert Band

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