Story: Brass and pipe bands

Tongan brass band, 2010

Tongan brass band, 2010

A Tongan brass band performs in Ōtara, Auckland, in December 2010. Brass bands were well established in Tonga by the 1880s and have become a strong part of the island kingdom's musical heritage. The Tongan community in New Zealand has continued this tradition with a number of active brass bands, often associated with churches or schools.

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Peter Clayworth, 'Brass and pipe bands - Brass bands, 1880s onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 August 2022)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 22 Oct 2014