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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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Nominations now open for the 2015/16 VBL Executive

Nominations have now closed.

The members of the 2015/16 Executive Council can be found here. Continue reading

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Ian Douglas awarded the 2014 Frank Wright Medal

Long serviniang member of the VBL Executive and Croydon Citizens’ Bands Ian Douglas has been awarded the 2014 Frank Wright Medal in recognition of over 40 years of service to Victorian Community Bands. It honours famous Ballarat musician Frank Wright who conducted bands in Ballarat before an illustrious career in London as a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and as Director of Music for London County Council.

When conferring the award at the Victorian State Band Championships in Ballarat, VBL President Megan Stapleton told the audience that Ian has been President of Croydon Citizens’ Bands for 24 years, and has served on the VBL Executive for 35 years, with a total of eight years as President. He is currently a VBL Vice-President, and still plays in several bands.
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Executive Council Nominations Open

The VBL is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2014/15 term on the Executive Council are now open. Continue reading

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Major Work Selection – 2014 State Band Championships

The VBL is pleased to announce the major work selections for the 2014 State Band Championships are as follows.

Major Works for Junior Brass Bands and all Concert Bands shall be Own Choice.  The test pieces for Open Brass Bands are listed below.

A Grade

    • Diversions on a Bass Theme – George Lloyd

B Grade

    • Firestorm – Steven Bulla

C Grade

    • Sinfonietta – Gordon Langford

D Grade

    • Renaissance Suite – Franco Cesarini

As per the VBL rules, bands may not play any winning piece for a period of thirteen (13) months unless subsequently chosen as a test piece. As the test pieces have been announced prior to the Bendigo Eisteddfod, any band who chooses to play the relevant test piece for their grade at the Bendigo Eisteddfod and subsequently wins will be ineligible to compete at the State Championships.

The official schedule will be released and entries will open on May 19th 2014.

The VBL wishes all bands the very best in their preparations for the State Championships.

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Wimmera Bands Group Music School 2013

Horsham Rural City Brass Band invite you to the 43nd WBG Music School held from June 30th – July 7th, 2013. Continue reading

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Executive Council Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2013/14 term on the VBL Executive Council are now open!

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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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New Website

Thanks for everyone’s patience while we migrated our site over.

E-mails should be working again now and the rest of the site will start to appear over the next few days. First priority will be the results, then publications and then everything else will be added.

We hope that this new site will be easier to navigate, and work on all browsers.

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