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• National Band of NZ on tour

Fourth-generation Salvationist and former International Staff Band member Philip Cobb will be a guest soloist on the National Band of New Zealand’s tour of Australia in September.

Philip, from the UK, is the Principal Trumpet of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, having previously held the same position in the London Symphony Orchestra from age 21.

The National Band of New Zealand is one of the world’s finest brass bands. Dating back to 1953, when the band performed at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation and won the British Open, the band has subsequently toured nationally and internationally on 21 occasions.

Under the baton of renowned New Zealand trombonist and conductor David Bremner, the 2023 National Band is excited to bring the best of New Zealand brass music to Australian shores.

The band will begin its tour in Melbourne on 2 September (Hawthorne Town Hall), where Owen Morris will be the guest soloist.

Philip will then join the band as guest soloist for the remainder of the tour: 3 September in Bendigo (Ulumbarra Theatre), 5 September in Newcastle (City Hall), 6 September in Sydney (Congress Hall Salvation Army), 8 September in Brisbane (Brisbane City Temple Salvation Army) and 9 September in Caloundra (The Events Centre).

For more information on the concerts, check out the National Band of New Zealand’s Facebook page: or go to its website:


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