In The Media
The Annual General Meeting of the Victorian Bands League was held on Sunday 6 May and the delegates of member bands reflected on a year where much was achieved for banding in Victoria.
Megan Stapleton chaired her last meeting as VBL President, ending a term of six years in the role and more than 15 years as a member of the VBL Executive team. Megan’s achievements have been substantial – the longest continuing term as President of the VBL, the first woman to be elected to the role, and the strengthening of the association in terms of member participation, collaboration, and financial strength. Megan has made a substantial and sustained contribution to the band movement in Victoria and we thank her for the considerable time, commitment and skill she has brought to the role of President.
The newly elected President of the Victorian Bands League is Kevin Cameron. Kevin is Music Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony and Concert Band and Director of Bands and Orchestras at Geelong Grammar School. Kevin is widely known for his work in banding as a leading conductor, adjudicator and educator. He has been involved in banding for over 30 years and has served terms as President of the South Australian Band Association and as President of the National Band Council of Australia (NBCA). Kevin is a life member of the SA Band Association and the Unley Concert Band, where he served 12 years as Music Director.
We congratulate the following delegates on their election to the 2018-19 VBL Executive:
Danny van Bergen – Vice President
Jeremy de Korte – Vice President
Marlene Davies – Treasurer
John Kelly – Registrar
Louise Peters – Minute Secretary
Ian Douglas – Councillor
Con Haralambeas – Councillor
Jenny Barker – Councillor
Fred Trewartha – Councillor
The VBL presented two Life Memberships at yesterday’s meeting. We acknowledge the sustained contribution and commitment of Daniel van Bergen and Peter Heath to the Victorian Bands League.
The new President and VBL Executive look forward to working with our bands and their members as we move forward.
Respected member of the brass band community, Keith Ford, received a well-deserved award on Australia Day 2016. The Huffers and Puffers founder was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Read the article from the Whittlesea Leader (26 Janurary 2016) below:
THE founder of Huffers and Puffers, a band for retired musicians, has received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) today.
Keith Ford, 86, was recognised for his life long dedication to community bands.
The Mill Park resident first picked up an instrument at the age of eight when he played the tenor horn in the West Coburg State School band.
Mr Ford has been part of a number of bands over the years including the Moreland City Brass Band, formerly Brunswick City Municipal Band, Coburg City Band, Greater Bendigo Concert Brass Band, Heidelberg Brass Band and the Victorian Bands League.
“Plenty of things stand out. Winning our first B Grade championship at the Australian National Championships with the Brunswick Brass Band,” he said.
Another highlight for Mr Ford was his involvement with the youth training band program at Brunswick in 1967, which he ran through to the 1990s.
During this time he also helped set up the Victorian State Youth Brass Band.
“A motion was put up at the Victorian Bands League to start a Victorian State Youth Brass Band and I had something to do with that motion, I think I seconded the motion,” he said.
In 1993 Mr Ford founded the Huffers and Puffers Band, for retirees.
“There were six of us who started from the Brunswick City Municipal Band,” Mr Ford said. “We’re all retirees and we play at nursing homes and retirement villages.”
In 2002, Mr Ford gave up playing instruments and took up conducting.
“I’m not sure who nominated me, but I thank my supporters,” he said.
See below an excerpt of a review on Where do I Begin? The Voice of Shirley Bassey with the Footscray-Yarraville City Band led by Phillipa Edwards.
The Las Vegas showroom was dark. The band was ready. Then Shirley Bassey walked onstage, greeted the crowd like old friends, and a night of musical magic commenced. In truth, it wasn’t actually Vegas, and it wasn’t actually Shirley Bassey, but it sure felt like it was.
By: Margaret Wieringa, theatrepress.com.au
To read the full review click here.
To hear an excerpt from the show click here.
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.
CORY Band, the current World ranked No 1 band will undertake their first tour to Australia from the 4th to the 16th of August 2013.
Be sure not to miss this brilliant and innovative brass ensemble during their 11 venue concert tour.
Tickets will be available from the 2nd of April 2013.
See brassdownunder.com.au for venues and ticket booking details
Box Hill City Band Inc is pleased to announce that our leadership group has been expanded to include the following new Musical Directors.
Dr. Matthew van Emmerik has been appointed as Musical Director of Box Hill City Band and Broden Ford has been appointed Musical Director of Whitehorse Brass. Continue reading