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
Oakleigh Brass Band are seeking silent films to be part of their film festival “Picture Night” in October 2015, as part of their ANZAC contribution. Picture Night is supported by the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council.
December 1915: on the home front in Oakleigh, Victoria, the Oakleigh Band played music to accompany silent movies – newspaper articles from the time suggest that this was the first time that movies were shown in Oakleigh.
A century later in October 2015 Oakleigh band will recreate this event, this time with locally made films. Short listed entries will be shown, with the Oakleigh Band again providing the live sound track.
First prize for the best film is $500, second prize is $250. Continue reading
The Victorian Bands’ League is pleased to announce that entries for the 2015 State Band Championships are now open and that the competition will be adjudicated by Mark Ford.
Check out the 2015 State Band Championships event page to find out more!
The VBL is pleased to announce that entries for the 2015 Victorian State Solo & Ensemble Championships are now open!
Go to the 2015 Victorian State Solo & Ensemble Championships event page to find out more.
The 2014 State Band Championships were a fantastic success, with bands from all over the state, and one from South Australia, taking part. There was fierce competition in all grades and very deserving winners. The Victorian Bands’ League would like to thank the Royal South Street Society, Fine Music and Brassbanned for their support and hard work over the weekend. Thanks must also go to our adjudicator, Mr Sean Priest for his fantastic work.
Click here to be taken to the 2014 State Band Championships Results page.
The battle is on again to see who will be crowned the Champion Bands for 2014!
The VBL is excited to announce that the 2014 State Band Championships (Aug 16 & 17) will be streamed live from Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat by the team at Brassbanned.com!
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