Brass bands form an essential component of New Zealand’s musical heritage, and can be traced back to the country’s colonial roots. Before the advent of recording technology it was in the form of brass band arrangements that most New Zealanders heard contemporary orchestral repertoire from Europe. Even today, a strong brass band culture continues to breed young players of outstanding ability. The National Youth Brass Band commissioned this CD to coincide with their ‘ANZAC’ Tour of the United Kingdom in 2003. It contains important works from New Zealand brass band repertoire as well as new pieces by Ross Harris and Gareth Farr.