Wellington Symphonic Bands

"Beautiful tone, sensitive phrasing, and expressive musicality" - Dr Rich Roberts

CCWB Music 2017 - present


Currently rehearsing

  • Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker - John Williams arr Michael Brown
  • Live and Let Die - Paul & Linda McCartney arr Paul Murtha
  • Remember Me (from Coco) - Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez arr Johnnie Vinson
  • Suite from Hamilton - Lin-Manuel Miranda arr Jerry Brubaker
  • Finale (Movement #4 Temo Russo) from Serenade for Strings in C major op 48 - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky arr Victor Lopez 
  • Highlights from Pocahontas - Alan Menken arr John Moss

25 April 2021 - Karori ANZAC Day Service - MD Simon Brew 

  • Sine Nomine - Ralph Vaughn Williams
  • Sandon - C. H. Purday
  • Eventide (Abide with me) - W.H. Monk
  • Be still my soul (from Finlandia) by Jean Sibelius arr Brendan Elliget
  • God defend NZ - John Jospeh Woods 

20 March 2021 - "You should be dancing' - St Andrews on The Terrace - MD Simon Brew

  • Klesmer - Eddie Graf
  • Queen in Concert - arranged by Jay Bocock
  • Brazilian Folk Dance - arranged by William E. Rhoads
  • Jump in the Line - Harry Belafonte, arr Michael Brown
  • Polovetsian Dances (from Prince Igor) - Alexander Borodin are Travis Freshner


5 December 2020 - Christmas Cracker - St James Church , Lower Hutt - MD Simon Brew

  • Highlights from West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein arr Jay Bocock
  • Fairytale of New York arr Sean O’Loughlin (Hal Leonard)
  • Sleigh ride - Leroy Anderson
  • First Suite in Eb for Military Band (Complete) - Gustav Holst

31 October 2020 - St Peters, Willis Street - MD Simon Brew

  • Eighties Flashback - arr Paul Mrtha
  • Cinema Paradiso - Ennio & Andrea Morricone arr Robert Longfield
  • First Suite in Eb for Military Band (second movement) - Gustav Holst
  • Music from the Incredibles - Michael Giachino arr Jay Bocock
  • Highlights from the Little Mermaid - Alan Menken arr Michael Sweeney

7 August 2020 - St Andrews on the Terrace- MD Simon Brew

  • Theme from Game of Thrones - Ramin Djawadi arr Jay Bocock/percussion Omar Carmenates
  • Adelieland (from 'Happy Feet') - John Oowell arr Brian Scott
  • Can't help fall in love - Elvis Presley
  • Glenn Miller in Concert - Paul Murtha
  • Perfect - Ed Sheeran arr Mattia di Monti
  • Salute to Ol' Blue Eyes - arr John Moss
  • The Bare Necessities (from The Jungle Book) - Terry Gilkyson arr Paul Murtha

22 March 2020 - Wind in the Dell - Wellington Botanic Garden - joint concert with Wellington City Concert Band

(Cancelled due to COVID restrictions)


Christmas Concert 2019 combined concert with HVCC - 27 December 2019, St James Church, Lower Hutt

WSB MDs Mike Ashton/Keith Moss, Hutt Valley Community Choir MD Susie Hardie

  • Selections from Polar Express - Glen Ballard & Alan Silvestri (arr. Paul Murtha and Audrey Snyder)
  • Ye banks and braes of Bonnie Doone - Percy Aldridge Grainger
  • Traffic - Thomas Doss
  • Forest Sketches - David Woodcock
  • Homeward Bound - Martha Keen (arr. Jay Althouse & Brant Karrick)
  • Good Swing Wenceslas - arr. Sammy Nestico
  • Cowboy Christmas - arr. Jeff Simmons
  • White Christmas - Irving Berlin  (arr. Mac Huff & John Moss)
  • Sleigh Ride - Leroy Anderson
  • Holiday Favourites - arranged by Roger Emerson & Paul Lavender


  • A Childhood Hymn - David R Holsinger
  • Nimrod from Enigma Variations – Edward Elgar arr Alfred Reed (Mills Music Inc)

NZCBA Festival (Auckland) and WEBO (Wellington) - Programme August 2019 - Conductor Mike Ashton


  • Alpine Overture – Bruce Preuninger (Alfred Music)
  • Pavane – Maurice Ravel arr Robert W. Smith (Alfred Music)
  • To realms of endless day – Johnnie Vinson (Hal Leonard)
  • Cumberland Cross – Carl Strommen (Alfred Publishing)
  • The Great Locomotive Chase – Robert W. Smith (Alfred Music)

"The Sound of Musicals" combined concert with HVCC - 23 June 2019, Little Theatre, Lower Hutt

CCWB MD Mike Ashton, Hutt Valley Community Choir MD Susie Hardie

  • Richard Rodgers in Concert arr Paul Murtha and Mac Huff
  • Irving Berlin America - Irving Berlin (arr Paul Murtha and Roger Emerson)
  • When you believe - Stephen Schwartz (arr John Moss and Audrey Snyder)
  • Do you hear the people sing? - Schonberg/Boublil/Natal/Kretzmer arr Ed Lojeksi/Ashton
  • Anthem from Chess – Benny Anderson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice arr Sean O’Loughin 
  • Music from Wicked – Stephan Schwartz arr Michael Sweeney

"Favourites" Concert 6 April 2019, St James Church Lower Hutt - Conductor Mike Ashton

  • Gabriel's Oboe - Ennio Morricone arr Robert Longfield (Hal Leonard)
  • Sine Nomine – Ralph Vaughn Williams arr Alfred Reed (Schmitt Music Centers)
  • The Great Locomotive Chase – Robert W. Smith (Alfred Music)
  • Themes from The Planets - Gustav Holst arr Douglas E. Wagner (Belwin-Mills Publishing)


  • Anthem from Chess – Benny Anderson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice arr Sean O’Loughin (3 Knights Ltd)
  • Arsenal (Concert March) – Jan Van der Roost (De Haske Publications)
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight (with WCCB) – Elton John/Tim Rice arr Jay Bocook (Wonderland Music Co.)
  • Christmas Concerto arr Robert W. Smith (Belwin Mills)
  • Cowboy Christmas – Jeff Simmons (Arrangers Publishing Company)
  • Embraceable you – George & Ira Gershwin (Warren Barker music)
  • Fairytale of New York arr Sean O’Loughlin (Hal Leonard)
  • Fanfare and flourishes  - James Curnow (Curnow Music Press)
  • Highlights from Harry Potter – John Williams arr Michael Story (Warner-Barham Music)
  • Music from Wicked – Stephan Schwartz arr Michael Sweeney (Greydog Music)
  • Somewhere (from West Side Story) (with WCCB) – Leonard Bernstein arr Jay Bocook (Amberson Holding)
  • Theme from ET - John Williams arr Michael Sweeney (Music Corporation of America)

NZCBA Festival (Wellington) - Programme 2018 - Conductor Mike Ashton


  • Appalachian Festival (based on American traditional Airs) by Philip Gordon (Alfred Publishing)
  • Fanfare for the Third Planet – Richard L. Saucedo (Musicworks)
  • Flutopia (Fantasia for Flutes) – David Schaffer (FJH Music Company)
  • Highlander Lullaby – David A. Myers (Grand Mesa Music)
  • Three Ayres from Gloucester – Hugh M. Stuart (Musicworks)


  • A Short Suite For Band – arr Frank Erickson (Belwin Mills)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Freddy Mercury arr John Berry (Hal Leonard)
  • Christmas Concerto arr Robert W. Smith (Belwin Mills)
  • Everything is Awesome – arr Ralph Ford (Warner Olive Music)
  • First Suite in Eb - Gustav Holst arr Michael Sweeney (Musicworks)
  • Hallelujah (with WCCB) – Leonard Cohen arr Michael Brown (Sony Music Publishing)
  • Lady Gaga Fugue – Stefani Germanotta/Nadir Khayat adapted by Johnnie Vinson (Sony/ATV Music Pub)
  • Master of Soundtracks – arr Luke Bross
  • The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey – Howard Shore arr Michael Story (New Line Tunes)
  • The Pacific (Main Title) – Hans Zimmer and Blake Neely arr Ted Ricketts (Hal Leonard)
  • Uptown Funk (with WWCB) – Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars arr Jay Bocook (Hal Leonard)
  • Welcome to Aotearoa (original piece by Andrew Stopps played with Narashino Band from Japan)

NZCBA Festival (Whangarei) - Programme 2017 - Conductor Mike Ashton


  • All Through The Night – arr Sammy Nestico (Kendor Music)
  • Back to the Future - Alan Silvestri arr Michael Sweeney (Hal Leonard)
  • Highlights from Moana – arr Johnnie Vinson (Walt Disney Music Co)
  • Russian Sailors’ Dance – From “The Red Poppy” by Reinhold Gliere arr Erik W G Leidzen
  • Silverado – Bruce Broughton arr Connor McConnell
  • Somewhere Out There – James Horner/Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil arr Michael Sweeney (Hal Leonard)
  • The Theme from the Muppet Show - Jim Henson/Sam Pottle arr Jerry Novak (Hal Leonard)