The 2017 State Band Championships will be held at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat. Tickets are available at the door.
The running schedule for the event is as follows:
| Saturday 19 August
||No of Bands
|Open C Grade Concert
|Open D Grade Concert
|Open B Grade Concert
|Junior C Grade Brass
|Open A Grade Brass
|Open D Grade Brass
|Sunday 20 August
||No of Bands
|Open B Grade Brass
|Open C Grade Brass
Maryborough City Brass Band Inc.
Director of Music
The Maryborough City Brass Band, a D Grade community band, invites expressions of interest for the role of Director of Music.
The band is very strong in membership and enthusiasm. It works hard to provide quality performances at competitions and community events.
Rehearsals are held weekly on a Thursday night at the band hall in Alma St, Maryborough.
Position Descriptions should be obtained from the Secretary / Manager:
Kylie Monk. Ph: 0419 524 437 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close 4th August 2017
The Rise of the Phoenix
The annual City of Kingston Massed Bands Concert will be held on Sunday 30 July from 2.30pm at the Kingston City Hall, 985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin. This concert showcases three of Kingston’s community bands including the Southern Area Concert Band, the Chelsea Concert Band and the Moorabbin Brass Band. Now in its twenty-first year, the program features individual performances with each band performing a variety of musical items from the classical, jazz and big band repertoires including Rossini’s stirring William Tell Overture and Carl Orff’s powerful Carmina Burana. The concert culminates with all three bands joining together for a mass performance. No bookings required, just turn up on the day and enjoy the show. Admission $5 at the door.
The Victorian Bands’ League is pleased to announce that the adjudicator for the 2017 Victorian State Band Championships is Simon Cawthorn.
Simon is a graduate from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of music where he studied trumpet and flugelhorn. Simon has played in various ensembles in Australia including The National Australia Brass (NAB), Hobart Wind Symphony, augmented with the Melbourne Opera company and has been privileged to travel with bands such as Derwent Valley Concert band to Japan, China, Canada and America. As a soloist Simon has won several state and national awards including winning the National open flugelhorn competition at the ANBC in Adelaide 2011. In 2013 Simon was one of three conductors in Australasia to be awarded a Lady Stewart Conducting Bursary to study under Professor David King from the Royal Northern College of music in the UK.
Simon has also been musical director for a number of concert and brass bands including the Hobart and Glenorchy City Concert Brass, Tasmanian Youth Orchestra Wind Ensemble and teacher in charge of bands in several schools and colleges. He also received the Tasmanian Bands League Badge of Honour for 2016 for outstanding services to community banding.
Simon has been an assessor and an adjudicator of musical performance and was chief adjudicator at the TBL State solo and party championships and an adjudicator for the National Solo Championships in 2017. He enjoys seeing wind and percussion players reach their full potential and in his spare time he plays drums for Hillsong Hobart.
Russell Gray is currently touring Australia and is available for workshops with bands.
Full Day Rehearsal: A$500.00
Rehearsal Night: A$250.00
Dates: Currently available from June 24th – July 3rd
Please contact Phillipa for further information or to book a session
Russell Gray’s career as a conductor began in 1998, when he was appointed as the resident musical director of the Stavanger Brass Band (Norway). Since then his reputation as an authoritative interpreter of brass band music has been acknowledged at home and aboard. Since 2008, he has been principal conductor of Molde Brass Band (Norway) and is Adjunct Professor of brass at Queensland University (Australia). Russell has enjoyed considerable success within the world of brass band competitions with leading ensembles in Norway, Denmark, Finland, France, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.
Russell enjoyed periods as the principal conductor of Foden’s, Fairey and Leyland brass bands and since 2012 has been principal conductor of Reg Vardy Brass Band, the leading band in the North of England. A proud Scot, Russell was born near Glasgow, and came to prominence within the world of brass bands as a cornet virtuoso. During his student years, he was a member of the world famous Black Dyke Band and went on to enjoy a number of years as principal cornet of the Leyland Band. He has also produced six solo albums, including two acclaimed releases featuring historic cornet repertoire from the celebrated Arban collection of solos and studies. Russell is a Yamaha endorsed artist and is much in demand as a leader of workshops, clinics and seminars. He also leads Yamaha’s star-studded NEO Brass Ensemble. He has appeared to great acclaim at the Royal Albert Hall (London) and Symphony Hall (Birmingham) to the Grieg Hall (Bergen), Stravinsky Hall (Montreux) and the Sydney Opera House.
Russell dedicates much of his time to the development of young musicians. He has conducted the National Youth Brass Bands of Switzerland and Queensland (Australia) and in 2014 was appointed artistic director of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland. He is a recipient of the prestigious Iles Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians in acknowledgment of his outstanding services to the brass bands.
The Southern Area Concert Band is performing on Sunday 21 May from 2.30pm at the Kingston City Hall, 985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin, featuring a mix of old favourites and stunning new pieces. Come and enjoy marvellous marches by Sousa, the gorgeous folk tunes of Australia’s own Percy Grainger, the exhilarating orchestration of Gustav Holst and the dramatic ‘Pilatus: Mountain of Dragons’ by Stephen Reineke. Tickets available at the door (no pre bookings): $25 adult, $20 concession, children under 10 free.
Some of Victoria’s best bands are travelling to Launceston this Easter weekend to compete at the Australian National Band Championships.
We wish all these bands the best of luck and look forward to hearing about their success.
All the action from the weekend can be streamed live on Brassbanned
For further information about the event, you can visit the event website here
Frankston City Band Inc. is seeking front row cornet players and horn players to join the band.
The band practices on Monday nights from 7.30pm at 3 Baldwin Street Frankston
For further information please contact:
Our President Terri Bullock email@example.com or Phone 0408 324 859