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In 2017 the festival will run over Labour Weekend from October 20-23

The 11th Christchurch Big Band Festival will run over Labour Weekend 2017. There will be free performances all around town by big bands from all around New Zealand from youth to the not-so-young, and includes professionals, community and youth bands. Events include jazz workshops (open to anyone), a big band ball (featuring 7 bands), public performances and a gala concert.

If you’re a band leader, please register your band here for 2017.


2016 was the 10 year anniversary of the ChCh Big Band Festival – a fabulous time to be celebrating and enjoying live big band jazz music. Last year’s programme is below, and this year’s exciting new programme is under development!


 Check out the latest news here



The Christchurch Big Band Festival has been organised and run by a committee of volunteers from local Big Bands and groups with common interest since 2007. It is currently run in collaboration with The Christchurch Jazz Foundation Trust which was formed in 2015 and is a Charitable Trust. Read more.

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What an amazing concert the Jazz Gala was, a fantastic line up of musicians, Dave Weckl, Adam Schroeder, Tony Lindsay, Alex Sipiagin and The Rodger Fox Big Band - such a treat!

Along with a wonderful concert a full afternoon of workshops that motivated and inspired all the students lucky enough to attend.

Thanks to Music Education Canterbury, Creative NZ, Rata Foundation, Creative Communities, Christchurch for their support of this great event.

Photo of Dave Weckl taken by Warwick Smith
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5.30pm -6.45pm Dave Weckl workshop

Then there's food trucks so you can stay on for the incredible 8pm concert...
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Dave Weckl Drum Workshop

June 6, 2017, 5:30pm - June 6, 2017, 6:45pm

For more than 25 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received num...

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