ENTRIES NOW OPEN
The VBL, in conjunction with the Royal South Street Society, is pleased to announce that the 2017 State Band Championships shall be held in Ballarat on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of August.
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 17 Lydiard St South Ballarat, will play host to the 2016 State Band Championships. The theatre, which is the oldest in Victoria continuously used for live events, boasts a recently renovated auditorium which offers both comfort and elegance ideal for live acoustic events.
The provisional schedule for the 2016 State Band Championships is as follows.
Saturday 19 Aug
- Open & Junior Concert Bands
- Open A Grade Brass Bands
- Open D Grade Brass Bands
Sunday 20 Aug
- Open C Grade Brass Bands
- Open B Grade Brass Bands
Entries close June 23.
Relevant entry information for the 2017 State Band Championships can be found below in the 2017 Schedule.
Contest entry forms can be found above. Completed entry forms are to be returned by email, to Megan Stapleton (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 23 June 2017.
Fees are able to be paid by cheque, made payable to “Victorian Bands’ League Inc”, or by direct debit, see entry forms for account information.
Scores & Synopses
A condition of entry into the State Band Championships is that all competitors must provide the VBL a copy of all scores which the band is competing with. Scores must have every bar numbered and all distinguishing marks removed. Bands should also prepare a short synopsis for each piece which will be read out to the audience during the competition. These must be received by Friday 14 July. While scores must be posted, synopses should be emailed to the contest supervisor Megan Stapleton (email@example.com).
All players competing on-stage must be registered with the VBL or the competing band will be disqualified. Most players will have been registered at the start of the year but any additional players will need to be registered by Friday 4 August. More information on registering additional players can be found on the Membership page.
Contest Declarations & Player Lists
Season Passes (for band members)
All competitors will not be required to buy a ticket to listen to results on the day, however, the VBL is offering discount tickets to all competing band members who wish to listen to other bands. These Season Passes are valid for the entire weekend and are available for $6 each. Competitors will not be admitted to the auditorium without a valid ticket except for the announcement of results.
Season Pass orders should be received by the contest supervisor Megan Stapleton (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 4 August.
The music selection for the 2017 State Band Championships is 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 – On Alderley Edge by Peter Graham
Open B Grade Brass – Trittico by James Curnow
Open C Grade Brass – Dimensions by Peter Graham
For Open D Grade Brass the set work will be a hymn – Old Hundredth by L Bougeois, arranged by Philip Sparke. This means Open D Grade Brass Bands will all play the same Hymn but will pick their own March, Major Work and Concert Item.