A Successful Weekend and Well-Deserved Winners

Over the weekend of 17th and 18th August, 2013, 27 bands participated in the Victorian State Band Championships. This is out largest number of bands since 2008 (also 27 bands). A complete list of results is now available on the results page.

Jack Kelly accepting his 2013 Frank Wright Medal

Jack Kelly accepting his 2013 Frank Wright Medal

Special congratulations to Jack Kelly as the 2013 recipient of the Frank Wright Medal.

Jack began his music career aged 11 at the Collingwood Technical School in 1940. Since then he has played with a further 5 bands; Melbourne Advent Brass, City of Heidelberg, Preston Municipal, Kew Band and Darebin City Brass – Northern Brass.

For the last 21 years he has been very involved and pro-active in promoting and teaching youth in brass, both in schools and community bands. He is currently the Musical Director of the Darebin City Brass Youth Group.

The VBL wish Jack all the best with his future endeavors.

Frank Wright Medal

The Victorian Bands’ League, in conjunction with the Royal South Street Society, is pleased to re-introduce the Frank Wright Medal in 2013.

Born in Smeaton in 1901, Frank received his early musical education from the late Percy Northcott. Frank was conductor of the City of Ballarat Band from 1921-1924 and was undoubtedly one of the finest musicians Australia has ever produced.

The Frank Wright Medal is awarded to a person in recognition for their involvement in Brass Bands. The inaugural winner of the Frank Wright medal was Mr Peter Walmsley. The award acknowledges the outstanding contribution made by an individual to the banding movement in Victoria.

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