Eastern Stars Concert Band is made up of several concert bands and has around 100 members. Barrie Turner (musical director) assists many new learners (a few adults and many children) to get started in a band as well as seeing where other more experienced players may fit into the more advanced senior bands.
Barrie is an experienced music teacher. Weekly rehearsals are held at Pakuranga Int. School. All age groups are catered for from about 8 years old up. Instruments include various brass, wind (flute, clarinet, sax etc), percussion and bass guitar. Some instruments are provided by Eastern Stars Concert Band and others can be hired from the band. Parents are encouraged to learn alongside their children if they wish or to simply be supportive to the band. The annual fee is very low, to enable almost anyone a chance to learn music.