Mainland Big Band
...When you need a band with ...

Big Band
for your
Big Occasion


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Phone:  Terry McGowan (Musical Director) (03) 352-7362 or (021) 263-8303

Phone:  Max Wright (President) (03) 377-6542 or (027) 437-9351

Post to: PO Box 10-052, Phillipstown, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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The Mainland Big Band is a very experienced dance band with a long history of music-making in Canterbury. With more than 409 years’ experience, the Band is well-equipped to help you plan a programme to suit your particular needs. The dedicated team of up to 19 musicians rehearses weekly under the direction of a talented Musical Director, expanding its already comprehensive repertoire, and maintaining its performance standard at a high level. The Band has performed regularly in many of the Working Men’s Clubs of Christchurch as well as for private weddings, receptions, and large formal, corporate dinner-dances for many years.


The Band’s presence will add impact to your function. The band is well-turned-out with its members wearing distinctive wine-coloured dinner jackets, white shirts and bow ties, and with red and gold banners decorating the music stands.


To view a small selection of band images please click  Photo Gallery


Whether you require background music to accompany a meal or cocktails, or the need to get those feet moving with dance music appropriate for the ages and tastes of your guests (or both), we can oblige. If we don’t already have a particular piece in our repertoire that you would like, we may be able to prepare it especially for you, providing we have sufficient notice.


A high standard of conduct is expected of all the Band members. From your first contact, to the clearing away at the end of the performance, you can expect a truly professional and business like experience.

The Band can also provide their own sound equipment, and staging if necessary.

50th Anniversary 

The Mainland Big Band held its anniversary weekend on the 20th and 21st of February, 2015. The Meet & Greet for members, ex-members and partners was a wonderful opportunity for old friends to get together and reminisce. Also, this was an opportunity to delve into the archives and discover many old photographs dating right from the band's inception.

Current band members had the opportunity to hear stories about the band stretching back many decades.

On the Saturday night, the ball was very well attended and an opportunity to showcase the current band and its repertoire. This was a very enjoyable occasion  and an opportunity for friends, family and  band supporters to relax, dance and dress up for an evening of fun!

Many photographs were taken to record the celebrations. We hope to have a selection on this web site in the near future. If you were there and have any exciting or incriminating photos, we would love to hear from you and hopefully add them to the web site and the archives. If so, please contact...

 Brian: (03)3478950  or  (021)0375951 


Max: (03)3776542 or  (027)4379351

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Events for 2017

Most events $10 entry 

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

  • Saturday 21st January, Woolston Club
  • Saturday March 11th, Hornby Club with special guest Jennine Bailey($15 entry). By ticket or door sales.
  • Saturday May 13th, Cashmere Club
  • Saturday July 8th, Cashmere Club
  • Saturday September 9th, Cashmere Club
  • Saturday November 11th, Cashmere Club
  • Musicians' Club special event: Friday June 30th, 8-11pm at Cashmere Club.


Don’t think that a band this size might be too expensive - it’s NOT!

Phone us now and find out just how affordable we are.

We also make our own booking arrangements, hence...

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