Contest Convenor Required

Victorian Bands’ League


The Victorian Bands’ League seeks an enthusiastic, experienced and capable person to undertake the role of Contest Convenor.

The Victorian Bands’ League (VBL) is the peak body for community bands in the state of Victoria.  The League consists of more than 50 brass and concert bands from metropolitan and regional centres and works to assist the promotion of banding in schools and communities.  The VBL collaborates with the Royal South Street Society in the organisation and presentation of the annual Victorian State Band Championships, and works with eisteddfod societies in Bendigo ant Traralgon to produce regional band contests in those areas.  The VBL also organises the Victorian State Solo and Ensemble Championship each year.

The Contest Convenor will attend to all administrative and logistic tasks associated with the Victorian State Band Championships and the Victorian State Solo and Ensemble Championships.  This person will ensure that these events are well organised and presented with the objective of providing a high level of efficiency for the VBL and satisfaction for participants.

The successful candidate will have experience in producing concerts and musical events, possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and display an understanding of the context of community-based music making.

This position is offered initially for one year, with the possibility of extension.  An honorarium will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

A Position Description is available here.

Should you have any questions regarding this role, please contact Kevin Cameron (VBL President) on 0419 496894.

Applications should include a cover letter, a statement that addresses the Selection Criteria, and curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of two referees and be addressed to:

The President

Victorian Bands’ League

Applications close on Friday 8 June 2018.

 Please note – all applicants must declare any convictions of any criminal offences and that all information supplied is accurate and complete.

Contest Convenor Position Description

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FOR SALE:  Boosey and Hawkes Imperial Eb tuba.  In very good condition with hard case (worn but usable).  $2500.  Located in Canberra.

Please contact 0414926286 for further details.


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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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Nominees for the 2018/19 Executive Council

Below is the list of nominations for Office Bearers and Executive Councillors (including the band for which they are Delegate) for the upcoming VBL Annual General Meeting:

 President:                     Kevin Cameron (Geelong Concert Band)

 Vice President:            Ian Douglas (Croydon Citizens’ Band)

                                         Jeremy de Korte (Stonnington City Brass)

                                         Danny van Bergen (Boroondara Brass)

Minute Secretary:       No Nomination received

Registrar:                    John Kelly (Box Hill Academy of Brass)

                                      Danny van Bergen (Boroondara Brass)

                                      Marlene Davies (Mitchell Shire Concert Band)

Treasurer:                   Marlene Davies (Mitchell Shire Concert Band)

Executive Councillor:     Ian Douglas (Croydon Citizens’ Band)

                                            Jeremy de Korte (Stonnington City Brass)

                                            Con Haralamabeas (Box Hill City Band)

                                          Marlene Davies (Mitchell Shire Concert Band)

 The Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 6th May 2018 at the Box Hill Band room, 411 Middleborough Rd, Box Hill commencing at 10am. At the close of the AGM the Delegates Meeting will follow.

 All welcome.

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Nominations now open – VBL Executive Council 2018/19

The VBL is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2018/19 term on the Executive Council are now open. The VBL Executive Council is elected from accredited delegates and is comprised of the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President (x2)
  • Treasurer
  • Registrar
  • Minute Secretary
  • Executive Councillor (x7)

The election of the Executive Council will take place during the VBL’s Annual General Meeting which will be held on Sunday 6th May 2018 at the Box Hill Band Room, 411 Middleborough Rd, Box Hill. The AGM will commence at 10am. The VBL AGM will be followed immediately by a Delegates’ Meeting. Lunch will be provided. Please email and RSVP your attendance and any dietary requirements you may have by Monday 30th of April 2018.

Nominations are called for in line with the VBL Constitution and need to be to be received at the VBL office by Friday 6th April 2018. Completed forms can be returned via post or email to:

Victorian Bands’ League Inc
PO Box 232
Yarraville, 3013

VBL Executive Council Nomination Form 2018

Each registered band is entitled to appoint one Delegate as per the VBL Constitution. The Delegate does not have to be a playing member of the band. If you are unsure who your delegate is, please contact the VBL Office or ask your band committee.

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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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(CLOSED) Musical Director Required – Melbourne Tramways Stage Band

The Melbourne Tramways Stage Band (aka Transition) is currently seeking interest for the position of Musical Director.

Melbourne Tramways Band is a community based band and boasts a rich history spanning over 125 years.

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

We are looking for someone to oversee the education and development of community-based amateur adult musicians.

The band rehearses Wednesday evenings in Hawthorn.

The Application is now Closed


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5 Grade proposal to be voted on by Victorian bands

A rule change has been proposed with the aim of bringing the grading system into line with the current standards of bands.  The motion is below:

Motion to amend the VBL Contest Rules v2.3

Moved: D van Bergen from Boroondara Brass
Seconded:   M Stapleton from Moonee Valley Brass


That the number of grades for Open Brass and Open Concert bands be increased to 5, with the additional grade to be called Premier Grade and to sit above A Grade.

Sections 12.1 and 32.1 of the VBL Contest Rules would read as follows:

  1. Conduct of Contests

12.1 Band Contests may provide for competition in the following grades:

  1. a) Open Brass Bands: Premier, A, B, C, D grades
  2. b) Junior Brass Bands: A, B, C grades
  3. c) Open Concert Bands: Premier, A, B, C, D grades
  4. d) Junior Concert Bands: A, B, C grades
  5. e) School Brass Bands: Senior, Intermediate, Junior, Novice grades
  6. f) School Concert Bands: Senior, Intermediate, Junior, Novice grades
  7. g) Primary School Bands
  1. Classification and Grading

32.1 Bands shall be classified and graded as follows for contests run under the VBL Contest Rules:

  1. a) Open Grade Brass Bands – Premier, A, B, C, D grades
  2. b) Junior Grade Brass Bands – A, B & C
  3. c) Open Grade Concert Bands – Premier, A, B, C, D grades
  4. d) Junior Grade Concert Bands – A, B & C
  5. e) School Bands – Brass & Concert

32.2 For all contests of Recognised Australasian Band Associations where a different grading structure applies, the Music Advisory Board will classify bands into the required structure. These grades will also be assessed under Rule 33 (Grading Assessment).


There is quite a disparity in standard between A Grade bands as well as a large step between B Grade and A Grade. This disparity in standard has, over recent times, occasioned a large debate in how to proceed with the grading of bands.

Adding an additional grade will provide further motivation for those bands at the higher end of A Grade whilst also allowing those at the lower end of A Grade the chance to be competitive in their own grade. Simply moving these bands from the lower end down to B Grade would not be the answer. Whilst bands at the lower end of A Grade might struggle to beat those at the top of A Grade, they are still a clear step above the current B Grade contingent of bands. This can clearly be seen with the recent results in bands that have moved between A and B Grade. It will also provide a more balanced gradient for bands moving from B Grade into A grade.


The current version of the rules can be found on the VBL website.

A Special Delegates Meeting is called for Sunday November 19th at 10am at the Moonee Valley Brass bandroom. The above motion will be voted on at that time and take effect immediately if passed.


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Calling for expressions of interest – Massed Band for Equality

The VBL has been contacted by a number of bands and individuals wishing to put together an event to support Marriage Equality.

Due to this feedback and interest, a massed band section has been scheduled as part of the Bandstand Sunday event. The performance time is 2.15 – 3.00pm

This massed band is open to all members of the banding community. Music will be provided, bands members who wish to be involved only need to turn up in band uniform and bring their instrument.

This is an optional event, no band or individual band member will be forced to be involved. It will have no impact on the rest of the Bandstand Sunday event.

Bands who are already performing at Bandstand Sunday are welcome to also be involved in the massed band event.

This massed band is simply an opportunity for those who wish to show their support. It is not intended to imply affiliation or endorsement of any political party.

Should you wish to take part, please email your name, instrument and part preference to by Friday October 13th.

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Event Schedule for the 2017 Victorian State Solo & Ensemble Championships

The 2017 Victorian State Solo & Ensemble Championships are taking place this Saturday October 7th at Methodist Ladies College in Kew. Entry for the music centre is via Barkers Rd.

Come along and hear some of the finest brass, woodwind and percussion soloists in the state battle it out for the chance to be crowned 2017 State Champion!

The schedule for the weekend can be found  here

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