Biography on Tyme Marsters


Tyme Marsters started playing in Westport when he was 10 years old.


In 1993 Tyme moved to Christchurch to join the New Zealand Army Band after a 3 month Army Recruit Training Course. Tyme also joined Skellerup Woolston Band where he played for 9 years.


Tyme has had many band & solo successes. Tyme's success as a soloist includes winning the New Zealand Open Amateur Cornet Solo in his first year in the Open Section in 1995, also being awarded the Pat Cole Medal for Youngest Winning Open Soloist at the National Championships. In 2008 Tyme won the New Zealand Open Flugel Horn Championship and went on to win the coveted Champion of Champions of New Zealand. Tyme has won the New Zealand Open Flugel Horn Championship four times.


Tyme was a member of the National Youth Band of New Zealand in 1998 & 1999. Tyme was also a member of the National Band of New Zealand that toured the United States of America and New Zealand in 1995, tour of Europe in 2005, tour of New Zealand in 2007 with guest soloist James Morrison, was part of the National Band's CD recording in 2008 & in July 2009 competed at the World Brass Band Championships in Kerkrade Holland for the second time and was on the recent tour to China & Korea where he was also appointed Drumajor for the Parade at the Korean International Wind Festival.


Tyme has been very fortunate with his travels both with military and civilian groups. Some of his highlights have been tours to Italy for the Festival of Music in 2007, Switzerland in 2007 & 2012 Basel Tattoo, UK and Europe for 5 months as an Defence Force Exchange Musician and the All England Masters International Championship in Cambridge in 2006, Italy for the 60th Anniversary of Monte Cassino as the New Zealand Defence Force Bugler in 2004, four tours to Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2013, UK to the British Open in 2000, Washington DC for the Unveiling of the Korean War Memorial in 1995,  Abu Dhabi for the International Defence Exhibition & Conference in 2011 & in April 2012 Tyme was once again the New Zealand Defence Force Bugler for the Commemorations in Gallipoli for ANZAC Day & also took part at the queens Jubilee Celebrations in Windsor.


Tyme has a wide range of experience in many musical genres. Tyme has played Lead Trumpet with the All Stars Big Band backing the likes of Tim Beverage, Glen Shorrock (From Little River Band) and James Morrison. Tyme has also played in many show productions, some of which are Brassed Off on Flugel and Solo Cornet and Romeo and Juliet, Witches of Eastwick & Guys & Dolls on Trumpet. Tyme also recorded The Producers and La Cage Aux Folles Productions playing all Trumpets Parts.  Tyme is currently a member of Christchurch’s Symposium Jazz Orchestra who recently performed with Francisco Torres & Roger Fox & he also performs with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.  


After completing a distinguished 20-year career as a military musician Tyme retired from the NZ Army to become the founder, director and principal tutor of “Brass Factory Canterbury”. Here Tyme utilizes his extensive experience in brass bands, big bands, musical productions and orchestras as a full-time educator.


During his time with the New Zealand Army Band Tyme accepted a role as Acting Bandmaster. He has featured as guest conductor with many bands around New Zealand and, at the time of writing, he is about to represent New Zealand in his seventh National Band! He was the Music Director of Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass from 2009 to 2014.


Tyme Marsters was appointed as Music Director of Woolston Brass in February 2015. It didn’t take him long to make his presence felt in the contesting arena when after only six months at the helm he took the band on to win the A Grade Test at the New Zealand Brass Band Championships.