For Sale

A pair of Zildjian factory-matched 20″ Germanic Symphonic hand (crash) cymbals


These cymbals are pitch-matched at the Zildjian factory.  They have a bright, clear sound, sufficient to cut through strong ensemble playing, yet with a rhythmically sharp ‘splash’ at low dynamic levels.

Price: $450.   As new, they cost from $950 – $1050.  The price includes: leather straps (normally around $30 each), leather pads (normally $40 each), a solid cymbal case (usually about $200 for hand cymbals) with internal rubber cushioning, and a solid Dixon cradle (normally worth $130).  So the extras (as new) are worth over $400 alone.

One of the cymbals has a very small ‘dint’ on the edge that does not affect the sound in any way.

For more information, please contact: 0428 948 987

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For Sale

Adams Professional timpani – 26” & 29”

These are superb drums, amongst the most respected in the contemporary orchestral world.  The tone produced is rich and full, the intonation excellent and reliable. The pedals use a ‘balanced spring’ mechanism, similar to Ludwig Symphonics, but with a greater range. Adams can achieve a seventh on a good day, sometimes even an octave.  This makes the Adams timpani more versatile, allowing for a greater range of uses, whether on stage or in the pit.

Both timpani have gauges attached to the side of the bowl, with clear, easy-to-read letters for pitch guidance even in very low lighting.

Included in the package: 1) thick, protective Adams covers; 2) disc lids carefully made from solid plywood, with a felt pad on the underside for contact with the head, offering a high degree of protection; 3) two replacement heads (second hand);       4) two tuning keys, securely clamped in holders in the bases.

Price: the price for this excellent set of timpani is $7200.  By comparison, the more recent version of the Adams Professional timpani cost around $11,000 for the pair.

Summary: this is an excellent set of timpani, combining the ease of Ludwig pitch changing (via the ‘balanced spring’ mechanism) with the extended pitch range similar to Premier drums.  They are in first-rate condition, come with covers, solid lids and spare heads, and have a richness of tone that will enhance any large or small orchestral, or solo, performance.  These timpani have been played to great effect with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Melbourne Philharmonia, and musicals such as Sunset Boulevard, amongst others.

For further information, please call: 0428 948 987

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Musical Director Vacancy

The City of Greater Dandenong Band is currently seeking expressions of interest for a Musical Director as our current MD (Michael Mathers) is moving to Tasmania at the end of 2018.

We are a fun and dedicated B Grade Brass Band with over 35 regularly attending playing members and a very active and supportive volunteer Band Committee. We rehearse weekly on Wednesday nights in Dandenong, with some additional Monday night rehearsals in the weeks prior to major engagements. On average we have two band engagements per month (including community events, competitions, and concerts).

“We are a volunteer community brass band promoting the enjoyment, appreciation, and knowledge of music and the arts within the City of Greater Dandenong and surrounding communities. We strive for musical excellence whilst having fun and fostering community spirit, and aim to share our passion for music with generations to come.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Musical Director with considerable musical knowledge, excellent leadership qualities, the ability to balance fun and work during rehearsals, and a willingness to push the boundaries of what a brass band can do. The ideal candidate will possess the drive and passion to continue to grow our organisation, whilst maintaining our current culture of fun and enjoyment through music.

A current Working With Children Check is mandatory.

A commencement date prior to the end of 2018 is preferable however Band Committee is committed to finding the best fit for our Band so the start date is flexible for the right applicant.

The Band Committee has committed to attending the 2019 National Band Championships in Brisbane.

Please contact Band President – Tim Hellyer on 0432 154 045 with any queries.

In your Expression Of Interest please include any relevant experience, qualifications, accomplishments, references, and possible ideas for the band going forward, etc. There will be a formal process of interviews, auditions, and a possible trial period with the final decision resting with the Band Committee. Please submit your EOI to Tim at by COB Friday 28th of September, 2018.

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Musical Director – Moonee Valley Brass

An opening has arisen for a musical director to help Moonee Valley Brass continue to provide a high quality musical offering to the local community.  Moonee Valley Brass is a well known and highly regarded band which has been part of the Moonee Valley community for over 100 years.  We are both a competition band, competing at Open C Grade in regional, state and national competitions and a concert performance band with a strong commitment to performances in the local community.  We have high attendance at both practices and performances with a dedicated group of band members.  The band’s future is bright with the recent introduction of a development band.

We are looking for a musical director who preferably has prior brass band experience who will assist us in growing the skills of current and future players.  You will be accountable for setting the musical direction of the band and will be expected to support the Board in the running of the band.  We anticipate you will play a key role in retaining and attracting talented musicians to the band, including keeping abreast of the capabilities in the development band. A suitable stipend shall be provided to the successful candidate.

If you think you are right for us, we look forward to hearing from you. All applicants are asked to submit a one page cover letter and resume.

Applications are to be submitted by email to

Please find a position description with further information attached to this email.

Kind regards,

Megan Stapleton
Moonee Valley Brass

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Musical Director Required


Due to our Musical Director returning to America for family reasons we are now currently seeking interest for the position of a new Musical Director.

Melbourne Tramways Band boasts a rich history spanning over 125 years.

The band currently enjoys regular community performances including their celebrated annual concert series at Wattle Park.

Rehearsals are on Monday evenings in Hawthorn.

For further information email:

or phone: Peter Cohen, Secretary on  9850 3578


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Musical Director Vacancy-Marist Brass Band

Musical Director Vacancy

It is with much sadness that we announce that Colin Wellard, our current Musical Director is stepping down from his role at the end of May. In contrast, we are pleased to announce that Colin will be focusing on playing, and will join the band as a playing member instead!

We are inviting applications from people who have experience conducting bands or ensembles, preferably brass bands.

About us

Marist Brass is a C Grade band based in Bendigo, which was formed in 1910. We have small but committed band of around 20 players, as well as a very active youth program with 15 talented juniors working to join the “senior” band.

We rehearse once a week, on a Tuesday evening, in our own band room in Bendigo. Our diary normally consists of about a dozen or more jobs spaced throughout the year, including concerts, competitions, community events and parades.

The position 

We are seeking a confident and energetic Musical Director who is preferably based in or around the Bendigo area. The ideal candidate would be free on Tuesday evenings throughout the year, and for some additional rehearsals in the lead up to competitions.

Remuneration will be negotiated with the committee prior to appointment based on experience.

Want to know more about our band?

Check out our website:

Facebook Page:

How to Apply

Please apply by email to:

For further information, call Claire McLean(Secretary) on 0448 000 975

M: 0448 000 975


P: P.O. Box 512, Bendigo VIC 3552

A: 128 Hargreaves St, Bendigo, 3550

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VBL Annual General Meeting 2018 – Press Release

The Annual General Meeting of the Victorian Bands League was held on Sunday 6 May and the delegates of member bands reflected on a year where much was achieved for banding in Victoria.

Megan Stapleton chaired her last meeting as VBL President, ending a term of six years in the role and more than 15 years as a member of the VBL Executive team.  Megan’s achievements have been substantial – the longest continuing term as President of the VBL, the first woman to be elected to the role, and the strengthening of the association in terms of member participation, collaboration, and financial strength.  Megan has made a substantial and sustained contribution to the band movement in Victoria and we thank her for the considerable time, commitment and skill she has brought to the role of President.

The newly elected President of the Victorian Bands League is Kevin Cameron.  Kevin is Music Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony and Concert Band and Director of Bands and Orchestras at Geelong Grammar School.  Kevin is widely known for his work in banding as a leading conductor, adjudicator and educator.  He has been involved in banding for over 30 years and has served terms as President of the South Australian Band Association and as President of the National Band Council of Australia (NBCA).  Kevin is a life member of the SA Band Association and the Unley Concert Band, where he served 12 years as Music Director.

We congratulate the following delegates on their election to the 2018-19 VBL Executive:

Danny van Bergen – Vice President

Jeremy de Korte – Vice President

Marlene Davies – Treasurer

John Kelly – Registrar

Louise Peters – Minute Secretary

Ian Douglas – Councillor

Con Haralambeas – Councillor

Jenny Barker – Councillor

Fred Trewartha – Councillor


The VBL presented two Life Memberships at yesterday’s meeting.  We acknowledge the sustained contribution and commitment of Daniel van Bergen and Peter Heath to the Victorian Bands League.

The new President and VBL Executive look forward to working with our bands and their members as we move forward.

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Vacancies for Brass Players

The Melbourne Tramways Stage Band is restructuring its player base with a view to further raising its public profile and musical standard. The group is community based, with membership available to all committed brass musicians of reasonable ability. Weekly rehearsals are in Hawthorn on Monday evenings and the band’s principal emphasis is to provide quality quality entertainment to the public.

The band is well known for its regular concerts at Wattle Park in Burwood which have attracted a large following over more than seventy years. The band is non competitive.

Applicants should contact or phone the Band’s Secretary Peter Cohen on 9850 3578 Mobile 0419 542 956

Quality instruments are readily available to committed players.

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Southern Area Concert Band: Concert for the People

September flyer 2017


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