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Announcement of set works for the 2016 State Band Championships

The set works for the 2016 State Band Championships are as follows:

Open and Junior Concert Bands – Own Choice
Junior Brass Bands – Own Choice

The Major Work for each of the following grades will be:

Open A Grade Brass – REM Scapes – Thomas Doss
Open B Grade Brass – The Saga of Haakon the Good (2007) – Philip Sparke
Open C Grade Brass – Sinfonietta No. 1 Johan de Meij

For Open D Grade Brass the set work will be a hymn – Evening song by CC Scholeveld, arranged by Jan de Haan

This means Open D Grade Brass bands will all play the same hymn but will pick their own Major Work, Concert Item and March.

 

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Success for Victoria at the 2016 Australian National Band Championships!

The 2016 Australian National Band Championships were held over the Easter weekend in Gawler, South Australia. Despite some tough competition from bands around the country and overseas, there were some great results for Victorian bands and soloists.

A special congratulations to the following:

Ararat City Band – Open D Grade Brass National Champions
Boroondara Brass – Open B Grade Brass National Champions
Footscray Yarraville City Band – Open A Grade Brass – 3rd place
Boroondara Harmony Brass – Open C Grade Brass – 3rd place
Keith Moore – Open D Grade Brass Champion Drum Major
Michael Mathers – Open B Grade Brass Champion Drum Major (for the fourth consecutive year) and the overall Champion Drum Major Jim Brill Memorial Trophy (for the second consecutive year)
Aidan Purdy – National Champion in all 4 tuba sections – an incredible achievement
May Thomas  – National Open French Horn Champion
Andrew McAdam – National Open Trumpet Champion
Sam Beagley – Junior Bb Cornet National Champion and National Junior Champion of Champions!
Llewellyn Morris – Open Tenor Horn – 3rd place
Steven Vlahek – Open Timpani & Open Snare Drum – 2nd place
Harrison Steele-Holmes – Junior Tenor Trombone – 3rd place

A full list of results from the weekend can be found here

Ararat at Gawler

 

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Kevin Hillier Awarded OAM on Australia Day 2016

Congratulations to Kevin Hillier who was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to Music through military and brass bands. 

Fittingly he celebrated by conducting the Stonnington City Brass at the annual Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at the Malvern Town Hall.

Kevin Hillier

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BandStand Sunday – great weather, great music, great day!

Fed Square Crowd

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.

 

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BandStand Sunday Event @ Federation Square

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.

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ABC Ballarat – Proud sponsor of the 2015 State Band Championships!

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.

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2015 State Band Championships – Live Streaming and Competition Schedule!

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Brassbanned.com – Live Streaming

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

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Walter Pope awarded Life Membership of the Victorian Bands’ League

At the 2015 Victorian Bands’ League Annual General Meeting,Wally LM award
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

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Election of the 2015/16 VBL Executive Council

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

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Announcement of Pieces for the 2015 State Band Championships

The set works for the 2015 State Band Championships are as follows: Continue reading

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