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2017 Victorian State Band Championships @ Her Majesty's Theatre
Aug 19 @ 8:00 am – Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm


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.

VBL Executive Meeting @ VBL Office
Sep 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
VBL State Solo & Ensemble Championships 2017 @ Methodist Ladies College
Oct 7 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Victorian Bands’ League warmly invite you to participate in the 2017 Victorian State Solo & Ensemble Championships to be held at Methodist Ladies College in Kew. Entries close Friday August 25th with late entries still being accepted until Friday September 1st. Please note that late entries will attract a late fee of 50% of the entry fee.

All events will be held on the one day – Saturday October 7th.


Entries are now open! Please read the event schedule carefully for all event information and entry requirements

2017 Schedule

Entry forms can be found below. Please ensure you complete the correct form for the section(s) you are entering.

2017 Solo Entry Form
2017 Duet/Trio/Quartet/Quintet Entry Form
2017 Ensemble Entry Form

MAB Meeting @ VBL Office
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meeting of the Music Advisory Board.

Delegates Meeting @ Moonee Valley Brass Bandroom
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
VBL Executive Meeting @ VBL Office
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Bandstand Sunday @ Federation Square
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm


Relax and unwind at Fed Square as the Victorian Bands League presents some of the finest Brass and Concert bands from right across Victoria!

Come along to enjoy a day of free entertainment in The Square as the bands perform an assorted mix of great music – from traditional marches and classics for band, through to modern-day pop and rock!

Bands have played a vital part in the life of communities for centuries, and BandStand Sunday brings the classic days of the old style band rotunda into the modern-day setting of Melbourne’s iconic public space – Fed Square.

With a wide variety of entertainment music being performed all day there’s sure to be something for everyone!

VBL Executive Meeting @ VBL Office
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
VBL Executive Meeting @ VBL Office
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm