2017 Victorian State Band Championships

August 19, 2017 @ 8:00 am – August 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Her Majesty's Theatre
17 Lydiard St S
Ballarat Central VIC 3350
Contest Supervisor


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, Ballarat

Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat

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.

Provisional Schedule

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

Entry Information

Entries close June 23.

Relevant entry information for the 2017 State Band Championships can be found below in the 2017 Schedule.


Entry Forms

Open Brass Bands Entry Form
Junior Brass Bands, Open and Junior Concert Bands Entry Form

Contest entry forms can be found above. Completed entry forms are to be returned by email, to Megan Stapleton (contests@vbl.org.au) by Friday 23 June 2017.

Entry Fees

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 (contests@vbl.org.au).

Player Registrations

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

Once all players have been registered, all competitors must complete their Contest Declaration & Player Lists and forward them to the registrar (registrar@vbl.org.au) by Friday 4 August.

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 (contests@vbl.org.au) by Friday 4 August.

Stage Plans

Stage plans should be received by the contest supervisor Megan Stapleton (contests@vbl.org.au) by Friday 4 August.

Music Selection

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.

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