New Zealand Army Band

New Zealand Army Band perform in Edinburgh

Formed in 1964 as a traditional brass band to perform at state and ceremonial occasions the New Zealand Army Band has evolved into a unique entertainment unit performing in a wide variety of settings.

The incorporation of a rhythm section and vocalists in the 1970’s enabled the band to broaden its repertoire to include swing, jazz, pop and rock. This has seen the band develop as the primary link between New Zealand’s Army and the civilian population, as well as becoming a major recruiting tool for the New Zealand Defence Force.

The New Zealand Army Band has also earned an international reputation as one of the finest marching bands in the world. Its entertaining displays of music and movement use unique choreography, humour and intricate drill manoeuvres not normally associated with marching musicians.

Army Band performing at OCS March Out 2014

Over the past five decades the New Zealand Army Band has toured internationally, performing in England, Scotland, Australia, the United States of America, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Tonga and Vanuatu.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been a particularly popular destination with the band performing in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2013, as well as participation in the antipodeans performances when the Tattoo was staged in Wellington in 2000, Sydney in 2005 and 2010, and Melbourne and Wellington in 2016.

The New Zealand Army Band also had the great honour of performing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom for both the 60th Diamond Jubilee Pageant in May 2012 and Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday Celebrations in May 2016.

Army Band marching during performance

“The New Zealand Army Band - an elite military unit serving New Zealand with professional, versatile and innovative musical performance”

Always ready to accept new challenges the New Zealand Army Band has performed at arts festival, sport fixtures, educational institutes, orchestral and jazz band concerts, carnivals, pageants and tattoos around the globe.

The Senior Appointments within the Band are:

Director of Music - Major Graham Hickman
Drum major - Sergeant Patrick McCarthy
Bandmaster - Staff Sergeant Upuia (David) Fiu 

Download a PDF of our Army Band Fact Sheet [675 KB]


This page was last amended on 08 May 2019