Music Director - Orchestral Conductor - Arranger - Composer - Record Producer



Musicals for Children
Accordion Compositions
Orchestral Compositions
Piano Compositions

Robyn Hood, The Musical
Gary Daverne
Music Director Emeritus - Auckland Symphony Orchestra

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit - ONZM

ONZM Medal ONZM Portrait
Gary Daverne was honored on the Queen's Birthday Honors List of 1996 and was the recipient of the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit - ONZM.

ONZM Medal Certificate


The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

“Rotary Centennial Celebration Concert” presented by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra with the Auckland Youth Choir.
At the Rotary Centennial Celebration Concert, Sunday 8 May 2005, at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, their conductor, Gary Daverne, was named by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, a PAUL HARRIS FELLOW ‘in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.’

Paul Harris Rotary Award

Auckland Symphony Conductor, Paul Harris Fellow, Gary Daverne

Rotary District Governor, Ken Linkhorn and Rotarian and Auckland Symphony Orchestra patron John Eady presented the award, to a surprised Gary, at the closure of the concert, in front of a capacity audience.

Paul Harris photo
Auckland Symphony conductor, Gary Daverne, receives Paul Harris Fellow award from 9910 District Governor Ken Linkhorn joined by Rotarians John Eddy and David Anstice.


Music Director Emeritus

Certificate presented in March 2011

Benny Award

On Wednesday evening, 27 October 2010, at the Pump House on Auckland's North Shore, Gary, was recipient of the prestigious 'Benny' award, the highest honour that can be awarded to any entertainer in New Zealand.
benny award
The 'Benny', awarded each year from the Variety Artists Club (VAC), is for services to entertainment in the fields of Music, Musical Theatre, Acting and Film and is awarded to an entertainer or someone in the industry who has excelled or contributed to the industry above the "norm".

This major award is named after a famous NZ magician Edgar Benyon who received the first award in 1969.


Companion of North Shore City

Companion of North Shore City Presentation - Mayor & Gary Daverne

Mayor of North Shore City Andrew William presenting the Companion of North Shore City Award to Gary Daverne ONZM. This prestigious award was presented on the 14th September 2010, 'for exceptional service to the North Shore Community benefiting present and future generations of the Auckland region'.

Companion of North Shore City Certificate

This is very special and occasional award and not awarded on an annual basis.


Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships, Bruce Mason Centre, North Shore City
25-29 August 2009

presentation of CIA Honored Friend of the Accordion Award presentation of the CIA Honored Friend of the Accordion

Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA) President
presenting Gary Daverne (Conductor of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra)
with the CIA Honored Friend of the Accordion Award

Citation read by CIA President Kevin Friedrich:

CIA Honored Friend of the Accordion certificate

"Recognizing the significant contributions of Gary Daverne to the development of accordion music and performance, both in New Zealand and internationally, the NZAA nominated their Life Member Gary Daverne for the CIA Honored Friend of the Accordion Award. This was awarded by unanimous approval of the CIA at their 121st General Assembly of Delegates, held from the 30 January - 1 February 2009, in Bratislava, Slovakia. It is with great pleasure that we have this unique opportunity to present you with this award not only in front of your magnificent team of musicians in the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, but also in front of our international dignitaries from around the World. On behalf of the CIA, we offer you this "CIA Honored Friend of the Accordion Award" in sincere appreciation for your outstanding contributions.

2009 Coupe Mondiale Composition Award
2009 Coupe Mondiale Composition Award
2009 World Accordion Orchestra III presentation baton
Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) World Accordion Orchestra III
Gary Daverne (NZ) Conductor, 30th August 2009, Dargaville Town Hall, Northland, New Zealand.
This presentation baton is carved from 20,000 year old swamp kauri timber found locally.


Auckland Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Awarded Scroll of Honour

Scroll of Honour Award
At the Auckland Syphony Orchestra Sunday afternoon Family Concert, 19 November 2000 at the Aotea Centre, Gary Daverne was presented with the prestigious Scroll of Honour by the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand.

Quote ­ "for his dedication and skill in his craft and for bringing the joy of orchestral music to the people. We acknowledge his achievements and salute his professionalism."
Magician, Jon Zealando, presented the award.


Presented to Gary Daverne by the members of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra on their 30th Anniversary, November 2005.

NZAA Life Membership Award


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