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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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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Goff Richards – Banding Loses a Great Man

The President, Executive and members of the Victorian Bands’ League have been saddened to hear of the death of Cornish musician, composer & teacher Goff Richards, who has passed away after a long illness.

Goff RichardsMany VBL members will remember Goff from his visit to Melbourne in April 1998 as the Chief Adjudicator at the Australian National Band Championships organised by the VBL, and held at Monash University. Ian Douglas was VBL President at the time, and Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Championships. He remembers Goff as a truly gracious gentleman, to whom nothing was too much trouble, and who encouraged all the competitors in their banding endeavours. Victorian Bands will have played many of his beautiful band arrangements, and will have appreciated his skill as an arranger. Continue reading

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Albert Edward “Bert” Bowden OAM (30/7/1926 – 5/9/2004)

It is with very sincere and deep regret that the Victorian Bands’ League wishes to inform of the passing of Bert Bowden OAM, former Secretary and Administrator of the League, on Sunday 5th September, 2004. Continue reading

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Lewis Lloyd Zilles OAM

Born 17th February 1904 in Ballarat. Died 6th July 1998 int Ballarat at the age of 94.

On leaving school at Intermediate Certificate level Lew was apprenticed to the printing trade. On completing his apprenticeship he worked as a printer with the “Ballarat Courier” before finding a place at Horsham with the Wimmera Star print shop. During that time he became associated with the Horsham Pipe Band, the Swimming and Rowing Clubs and founded the Horsham Harriers Club. Continue reading

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Ron Jarrett

It is with great regret that the VBL advises its member bands, registered players, and the public, of the death of VBL Vice-President Ron Jarrett, on Friday 20th February 1998.

Ron came from a banding family, well known in Portland, and spent a lifetime in banding. He was Secretary and a Life Member of the City of Dandenong Band for many years, playing baritone with them. He started banding at Portland, and also played with Caulfield (now the City of Glen Eira). Continue reading

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