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The inaugural BandStand Sunday on October 18th was well received by both the banding community and the general public. There was an average crowd of 350 – 400 people there throughout the day with a peek crowd of over 800 there during the performance of Darebin City Brass – Preston Band. Crowds were treated to Brass and Concert Bands from across the State from 10.am to 6.00pm
The Victorian Bands’ League would like to thank our sponsors – Yamaha Music Australia and Fine Music. This event wouldn’t have been possible without their generous support.
The bands all had a great time performing and we hope to run the event again in 2016.
The Victorian Bands’ League is proud to present the first ever BandStand Sunday Event at Federation Square. On Sunday October 18th, you will hear Brass and Concert Bands from across the state performing from 10.00am until 5.30pm.
A throwback to years gone by, when every local park had a bandstand and every Sunday you would hear the local band playing for the community, we hope to inspire a new generation to get more involved in community music and have some fun!
Check out the event page here for all details.
The Victorian Bands’ League is delighted to announce ABC Ballarat as a key sponsor of the 2015 Victorian Band Championships.
Check out their great article featuring Ballarat City Band here
107.9 ABC Ballarat is one of ABC Local Radio’s newest stations, beginning its on-air existence one chilly winter morning on June 30, 2003. It is the largest ABC regional station in Victoria and is home to a team of broadcasters, journalists, program-makers and online producers, providing news, programs and online content primarily about Ballarat, Ararat, Daylesford and Colac as well as the greater South West Victoria region including Hamilton, Portland, Port Fairy and Warrnambool.
The battle is on again to see who will be crowned the Champion Bands for 2015! The VBL is excited to announce that the 2015 State Band Championships (Aug 16 & 17) will once again be streamed live from Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat by the team at Brassbanned.com! Continue reading
At the 2015 Victorian Bands’ League Annual General Meeting,
the delegates present endorsed through acclamation the nomination of Walter Pope for Life Membership of the Victorian Bands’ League. This is the highest accolade for any member of the Victorian Bands’ League. Congratulations Wally!
The following bio was read out on the day: Continue reading
Congratulations to all those elected to the 2015/16 Victorian Bands’ League Executive Council.
The full list of those elected can be found below: Continue reading
Nominations have now closed.
Long serving member of the VBL Executive and Croydon Citizens’ Bands Ian Douglas has been awarded the 2014 Frank Wright Medal in recognition of over 40 years of service to Victorian Community Bands. It honours famous Ballarat musician Frank Wright who conducted bands in Ballarat before an illustrious career in London as a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and as Director of Music for London County Council.
When conferring the award at the Victorian State Band Championships in Ballarat, VBL President Megan Stapleton told the audience that Ian has been President of Croydon Citizens’ Bands for 24 years, and has served on the VBL Executive for 35 years, with a total of eight years as President. He is currently a VBL Vice-President, and still plays in several bands.
The VBL is pleased to announce the adjudicator of the 2014 State Band Championship is Sean Priest. Sean is a performer, conductor, teacher and academic. He currently teaches music performance and history at UTAS Conservatorium of Music, St Michael’s Collegiate, and the Hutchins School in Hobart. Please see below for an extract from his CV:
“My first ‘sound world’ was the Howrah Citadel band of the Salvation Army. I started on cornet when my parents bought me a cornet for my 8th birthday, and not long after joined the Returned Services Memorial Band under the tutelage of my formative teacher and mentor, Arthur Edwards. My earliest memories are of wanting to play Erik Leidzen’s “Tucker” like Derek Smith with the New York Staff Band. Along with early cassette tapes of the ISB and Melbourne Staff Band, I quickly came to know the names of Harry Mortimer, James Shepherd, Maurice Murphy and Ken Smith, these long before I heard about the Haydn Trumpet Concerto or Maurice Andre. At 13, I won the Junior Cornet Section at the Australian National’s. At the announcement of results, like most people, I was in shock. I burst into tears”. Continue reading