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Show you support for the Victoria Police Bands

As you may be aware, the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police has taken the decision to ‘civilianise’ the Pipe Band and to disband the Victoria Police Showband and Code One (rock band),

We have been contacted by ‘Band Together’, who are the spouses, partners, family and supporters of the Victoria Police Bands and who have formed a support and advocacy group to reverse this decision and have the bands resourced appropriately (recruit a drummer and sound technician). The group is not affiliated with any organisation or political party, they simply want to support the Victoria Police Bands because they know they are a great Victorian community asset.
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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.

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Victorian Bands Do Us Proud!

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. Continue reading

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Croydon President Retires

First elected in 1981, Executive Councillor & VBL Vice President Ian Douglas has retired as the president of the Croydon Citizens’ Bands after serving 26 years in the role.

He was presented with a photographic memento (pictured below) of each of the three Croydon bands, and his work as Drum Major leading Croydon Brass Band when they marched in the 2012 Australian National Band Championships held in Melbourne.
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Stolen Baritone

It has come to our attention that a Besson Soverign Baritone has recently been stolen from a car parked at the Fountain Gate Shopping Centre. Continue reading

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Christmas in the Valley – Diamond Valley Brass Band

Diamond Valley Brass Band have released a new CD, ‘Christmas in the Valley’.

You can get your copy now for $15. Place an order with one of the band members, message their Facebook page or send an email to info@diamondvalleybrass.org.au. A great Christmas gift for all!!!

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Vale Craig Seymour (28/9/1950 – 27/8/2012)

It is with great sadness that Southern Area Concert Band (SACB) announces the passing of one our founding and life members, Mr. Craig Seymour, who passed away peacefully on Monday 27th August 2012, aged 61 years. Continue reading

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2013 Nationals Test Pieces Announced

2013 Yamaha Nationals Band Championships Logo

2013 Yamaha Nationals Band Championships

The Perth organising committee announced the test pieces for next year’s Nationals Band Championships this morning. Many band nerds were up at 2am, waiting for these to be released and what a wide selection of music they have chosen.

The full list is available over at the 2013 Nationals website. Continue reading

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Executive Minutes

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

Highlights

  • 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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Brass Band’s New Look – Darebin City Brass

This news story comes from Darebin City Brass which appeared in the Preston Leader dated 28th August, 2012. You can find the original on the Leader website.

DAREBIN City Brass Band’s Youth Group is looking snazzy in new duds. Continue reading

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