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VBL Annual General Meeting 2018 – Press Release

The Annual General Meeting of the Victorian Bands League was held on Sunday 6 May and the delegates of member bands reflected on a year where much was achieved for banding in Victoria.

Megan Stapleton chaired her last meeting as VBL President, ending a term of six years in the role and more than 15 years as a member of the VBL Executive team.  Megan’s achievements have been substantial – the longest continuing term as President of the VBL, the first woman to be elected to the role, and the strengthening of the association in terms of member participation, collaboration, and financial strength.  Megan has made a substantial and sustained contribution to the band movement in Victoria and we thank her for the considerable time, commitment and skill she has brought to the role of President.

The newly elected President of the Victorian Bands League is Kevin Cameron.  Kevin is Music Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony and Concert Band and Director of Bands and Orchestras at Geelong Grammar School.  Kevin is widely known for his work in banding as a leading conductor, adjudicator and educator.  He has been involved in banding for over 30 years and has served terms as President of the South Australian Band Association and as President of the National Band Council of Australia (NBCA).  Kevin is a life member of the SA Band Association and the Unley Concert Band, where he served 12 years as Music Director.

We congratulate the following delegates on their election to the 2018-19 VBL Executive:

Danny van Bergen – Vice President

Jeremy de Korte – Vice President

Marlene Davies – Treasurer

John Kelly – Registrar

Louise Peters – Minute Secretary

Ian Douglas – Councillor

Con Haralambeas – Councillor

Jenny Barker – Councillor

Fred Trewartha – Councillor


The VBL presented two Life Memberships at yesterday’s meeting.  We acknowledge the sustained contribution and commitment of Daniel van Bergen and Peter Heath to the Victorian Bands League.

The new President and VBL Executive look forward to working with our bands and their members as we move forward.

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Call for Volunteers – State Solo & Ensemble Championships

The VBL is looking for volunteers to assist with the running of the Victorian State Solo & Ensemble Championships on Saturday July 28th. The event is taking place at Methodist Ladies College in Kew.

There are a number of positions that need filling, including announcers, runners, ticket sellers and checkers and general admin.

You don’t need to commit to the full day – even a couple of hours would be helpful.

Please email the VBL should you be interested in being involved:

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Contest Bylaws Review – call for submissions

Every two years, there is a review of the Victorian Bands’ League Contest Bylaws. This is a great opportunity for bands to reflect on which rules are working and those rules they feel could be improved.

Bands are asked to send through any recommendations to the VBL Office by Monday 1st August 2016.

The suggestions will then be compiled into one document and circulated to all bands at the start of September. The proposals will be then be voted on at the October Delegates Meeting.

The current Contest Bylaws can be found here

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Executive Minutes

Minutes for the July Executive Council meeting have been uploaded into the publications section (Direct Link).


  • Awards for the Natimuk Brass Band
  • A new proposed competition in Shepparton
  • Potential change in Award designs
  • A new website
  • Finance Committee minutes
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