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West City Music spreads the joy of music

West Auckland is fortunate to have its very own premiere concert band. For over 40 years, West City Music has entertained and wowed audiences at various community events and concerts. And it provides a much-needed creative outlet for talented local musicians of all ages from 13 to 70.

The registered charity has four groups under its wing: a concert band, youth concert band, string orchestra and jazz orchestra. There’s a wealth of opportunities for woodwind, brass, percussion and string players. Currently, there are over 130 members.

West City Music has a packed schedule of Auckland-wide performances, from community concerts to parade performances and ticketed events.

Supporting young musicians is a top priority for West City Music. The organisation hosts a Youth Band Camp every summer, attracting budding musicians from across West Auckland and beyond. Aimed at intermediate and high school students, participants receive specialist coaching from professional musicians. And the experience is topped off with a public concert on the final evening.

As a charity, funding is always a challenge at West City Music. However, thanks to the Your West Support Fund, the organisation has purchased new instruments to benefit many.

Executive committee member Nigel Smith explains more: ‘We have used the $5,000 towards a new drum kit, electric stage piano, and a stand and speaker.’

According to Nigel, the rhythm section is crucial to any jazz band and will also be used by West City Music’s other groups. Although wind and brass players bring their own instruments, West City Music looks to provide the large, hard-to-transport and expensive rhythm instruments, Nigel adds.

The new instruments have already been put to good use by West City Music. ‘They will develop the music skills of our players. And they will encourage more people in our audiences to take up an instrument and get involved in music,’ declares Nigel.

Based at Henderson’s Laidlaw College, West City Music is always on the lookout for new musicians. Check out the website for more information. And follow the organisation on Facebook for all the latest news on upcoming performances.