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Megan Stapleton awarded Life Membership of the Victorian Bands’ League

At the 2016 Victorian Bands’ League Annual General Meeting, the delegates present endorsed through acclamation the nomination of Megan Stapleton for Life Membership of the Victorian Bands’ League. This is the highest accolade for any member of the Victorian Bands’ League. Congratulations Megan!

The following bio was read out on the day:

Megan Stapleton started playing the trombone in 1997. Since then she has been a longtime member of the Victorian State Youth Brass Band, involvement from player to mentor and committee member.

She joined the VBL as a Delegate for Moonee Valley Brass in 2003 and an Executive Member in May 2004. In 2007 and 2012, when the VBL was running the Nationals she not only worked as a member of the Organising Committee but when volunteers were not available for certain jobs she dragged her whole family in to assist. Since then she has served many roles on the VBL Executive which include Councillor, Minute Secretary, Contest Administrator, Contest Supervisor and, since 2012, President and VBL Delegate to the NBCA and ex-officio of the MAB.

As well as being involved on the VBL Executive, Megan has been President of Moonee Valley Brass since 2010. Prior to that she served as Treasurer of the band from 2003 – 2010. She started the Moonee Valley Community Choir in 2011, started the Mooney Valley Brass Development Band in 2013 and in 2015 she was awarded Moonee Valley City Council ‘Spirit of Moonee Valley’ Award for contribution to Arts and Culture and named “Local Hero” for 2015.

Plenty of guys have been dubbed “Mr Brass Band” over the years, but none have made such an impact on the movement at such a young age. Megan is a truly dedicated “Stateswoman” for the banding movement and gives willingly everything she has to offer. Megan is a peace-maker, a motivator, a director and a true friend to all that know her. She embodies all the attributes that make a true leader.

The Victorian Bands League Executive Members take great pleasure in nominating Megan Stapleton for Life Membership of the VBL.

Nominated By

Marlene Davies                                                       Danny van Bergan
Ian Douglas                                                             Helen Gray
Brenton Burley                                                        Brett Pyke
Jeremy de Korte                                                     Angelique Lele

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Clifford Jervis awarded Life Membership of the Victorian Bands’ League

At the 2016 Victorian Bands’ League Annual General Meeting, the delegates present endorsed through acclamation the nomination of Clifford Jervis for Life Membership of the Victorian Bands’ League. This is the highest accolade for any member of the Victorian Bands’ League. Congratulations Clifford!

The following bio was read out on the day:

Cliff commenced his banding at East Kew Central School Band at the age of 10 years, playing the Tenor Horn. On leaving school, Cliff joined the East Kew Citizens’ Band which eventually became the Kew Citizens’ Band in the 1950’s. He was a member of this band for 33 years and was awarded the Victorian Bands’ League (VBL) Badge of Merit. During his membership of Kew Citizens’ Band, Cliff was appointed Delegate to the VBL Executive Council.

In 1969, Cliff was appointed VBL Delegate overseeing the ABC Radio Bands’ contest. He was also appointed VBL Delegate to the inaugural VBL Music Camp. In the early 1970’s, Cliff was elected Vice President of the VBL where he remained in this position for the ensuring year. He was official Pacing Adjudicator for the State Quickstep Championships in Ballarat, and at VBL contests in Ivanhoe and Kew.

Cliff joined “Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways” Band in 1978 on EEb bass and also BBb tuba. He joined Corowa Border District Band in 1990 where we was awarded the VBL Certificate (& Badge) of Honour (1993).

Cliff served as President of Kew Band, Vic President of Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways band (MMTB), President of Corowa Border District Band and is currently President of Murray Brass Inc. Rutherglen.

Cliff was appointed Librarian at MMTB and also at Corowa Border District BAnd. He was a playing member on BBb bass and occasional percussionist with all bands and also Drum Major as required. He currently plays EEb bass and side drum with Wodonga Brass on a regular basis.

Cliff is a Life Member of Kew Citizens’ Band, MMT Band and Corowa Border District Band.

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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

Ararat at Gawler

 

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