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Event Schedule for the 2017 Victorian State Solo & Ensemble Championships

The 2017 Victorian State Solo & Ensemble Championships are taking place this Saturday October 7th at Methodist Ladies College in Kew. Entry for the music centre is via Barkers Rd.

Come along and hear some of the finest brass, woodwind and percussion soloists in the state battle it out for the chance to be crowned 2017 State Champion!

The schedule for the weekend can be found  here

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Schedule for the 2017 State Band Championships

The 2017 State Band Championships will be held at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat. Tickets are available at the door.

The running schedule for the event is as follows:

 Saturday 19 August
Section Start Time No of Bands
Open C Grade Concert 9:00 AM 1
Open D Grade Concert 9:35 AM 1
Open B Grade Concert 10:10 AM 1
Junior C Grade Brass 11:15 AM 2
Open A Grade Brass 1:30 PM 3
Open D Grade Brass 5:00 PM 7
Sunday 20 August
Section Start Time No of Bands
Open B Grade Brass 8:30 AM 5
Open C Grade Brass 1:00 PM 9

 

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Adjudicator announcement – 2017 Victorian State Band Championships

The Victorian Bands’ League is pleased to announce that the adjudicator for the 2017 Victorian State Band Championships is Simon Cawthorn.

Simon CawthornSimon is a graduate from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of music where he studied trumpet and flugelhorn.  Simon has played in various ensembles in Australia including The National Australia Brass (NAB), Hobart Wind Symphony, augmented with the Melbourne Opera company and has been privileged to travel with bands such as Derwent Valley Concert band to Japan, China, Canada and America.  As a soloist Simon has won several state and national awards including winning the National open flugelhorn competition at the ANBC in Adelaide 2011. In 2013 Simon was one of three conductors in Australasia to be awarded a Lady Stewart Conducting Bursary to study under Professor David King from the Royal Northern College of music in the UK.

Simon has also been musical director for a number of concert and brass bands including the Hobart and Glenorchy City Concert Brass, Tasmanian Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble and teacher in charge of bands in several schools and colleges. He also received the Tasmanian Bands League Badge of Honour for 2016 for outstanding services to community banding.

Simon has been an assessor and an adjudicator of musical performance and was chief adjudicator at the TBL State solo and party championships and an adjudicator for the National Solo Championships in 2017.  He enjoys seeing wind and percussion players reach their full potential and in his spare time he plays drums for Hillsong Hobart.

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Victoria’s best compete at the 2017 Australian National Band Championships

Some of Victoria’s best bands are travelling to Launceston this Easter weekend to compete at the Australian National Band Championships.

We wish all these bands the best of luck and look forward to hearing about their success.

All the action from the weekend can be streamed live on Brassbanned

For further information about the event, you can visit the event website here

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Schedule for the 2016 State Band Championships

The 2016 State Band Championships will be held at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat. Tickets are available at the door.

The running schedule for the event is as follows:

 Saturday 13 August
Section Start Time No of Bands
Open D Grade Concert 8:30 AM 1
Open C Grade Concert 9:05 AM 2
Open B Grade Concert 10:15 AM 1
Junior C Grade Brass 11:15 AM 2
Open A Grade Brass 1:00 PM 4
Open D Grade Brass 5:30 PM 7
Sunday 14 August
Section Start Time No of Bands
Open C Grade Brass 8:40 AM 8
Open B Grade Brass 3:00 PM 6

 

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2016 State Solo & Ensemble Championships – Night of Champions!

As has become tradNight of Champions Flyer 2016ition, the Saturday night of the State Solo & Ensemble Championships weekend will see the annual Night of Champions concert at Our Lady of Mercy College.

All the Open Brass Solo Champions will take to the stage to battle it out for the title of Champion of Champions for 2016.

A night filled with fantastic music, played by some of the finest musicians in Victoria.

Tickets available at the door – $10 each, $5 concession

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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

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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

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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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