Over the Easter weekend, three Victorian bands competed at this year’s Yamaha National Band Championships. All the bands performed extremely well and did a great job representing our State. Also performing extremely well were the many soloists who placed in their respective sections in the Solo and Party Championship.With so many years since the last time the National Championships has been in Perth, the 2013 Organising Committee had a lot to prove and they did not disappoint. With sublime weather, world class venues and set in the idyllic surrounds of the University of Western Australia it’s hard to see why it’s taken so long to have the Championships in Perth once again.
Live streaming supplied by brassbanned.com ensured that Victorians and others tuning in from around the globe were able to watch all the action as it unfolded. It’s great to see that live streaming which was pioneered at the Melbourne Nationals in 2012 looks likely to continue at future Championships.
Darebin City Brass – Preston Band and City of Greater Dandenong were the top performing Victorian bands coming 3rd in A Grade and B Grade respectively. Dandenong marched extremely well to take out the best B Grade marching band as well as being awarded the Best Drum Major Award for Michael Mathers.
Footscray-Yarraville City Band have finally proven what many of us have known for a while, they have some of the best brass players in the Nation with many of their fine soloists getting a place in their sections. Congratulations go to Lai Tuk Chun from Kew Band Melbourne for taking out the Open High Tuba section and special mentions go Jamie Lawson, David Chandler and Brenton Burley all from Footscray for placing in the Open Bb Cornet, Junior Tenor Trombone and Open Flugelhorn sections respectively.
Now that the 2013 Championships are over is it too soon to start thinking about the Brisbane Nationals in 2014? How will Brisbane compare to Perth? Only time will tell.
A full list of the 2013 results can be found here.