Melbourne Staff Band & Darebin City Brass – Preston Band Concert

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Darebin City Brass Trivia Night

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Musical Director Required – Melbourne Tramways Band

MELBOURNE TRAMWAYS BAND

The Melbourne Tramways Band is currently seeking interest for the position of 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 currently in the 77th season.

The band rehearses Monday evenings in Hawthorn.

For further information please contact melbtramband@gmail.com or 0409 510 958

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Bandstand Sunday – back for 2016!

After the successful launch of Bandstand Sunday in 2015, the Victorian Bands’ League is pleased to announce that Bandstand Sunday is back for 2016!

The event features bands from around Victoria performing at Federation Square in Melbourne throughout the day from 10am to 5pm. Bands will be allocated around 30 minutes each to perform, including getting on and off stage. This is purely a concert entertainment program with no set music, however we would encourage bands to feature soloists in their program. There is no adjudication for this event; it is not a competition and therefore contest and registration rules do not apply. This is a free event and all bands are welcome to apply.

We are currently seeking expressions of interests for bands to be part of the entertainment on Sunday 6th November, and we would particularly like to encourage member bands from country and regional areas to participate in this concert extravaganza.

Please indicate your bands interest in participating in this event with an email to president@vbl.org.au by Monday 5th September 2016.

The VBL Executive hopes that this event sparks the interest of your band, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Please note: Places are limited and last year demand far exceeded the number of spots available so please get in early! Priority will be given to bands who did not perform last year.

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Director of Music Position Vacant – Hyde Street Youth Band

The Hyde Street Youth Band, located in Footscray, Melbourne, is currently seeking applications for the position of Director of Music/Conductor.

HSYB currently has 35 members with all positions full including percussion. The band is the oldest youth band in Australia and is the current Victorian and National Junior C Grade Champions.  The band is a community based bands managed by an active volunteer committee who is always keen to involve the Musical Director in the planning and decision making process.

The Musical Director/Conductor will be responsible for directing the HSYB which rehearses on Wednesday evening from 7.00 to 8.30pm. They will also be expected to be involved with performances and competitions including the State and National Championships in 2017 (Launceston) and 2018 (Melbourne) which HSYB has already planned to attend.  Additional support is available for local festival conducting and less important events as well as a Band Major for Marches.

HSYB shares a band room with the A Grade Footscray Yarraville City Band and Western Brass with whom we also share a good relationships not to mention some equipment. The members of  FYCB also assist at times with mentoring our members especially in the lead up to combined events such as the Yarraville Carols in the Park.

The ideal candidate would have past experience in the education of youth musicians. The ability to relate yet remain respected by the band members has been integral to the success of the past and a trait we are very keen to maintain. Whilst an honorarium is offered, the driver must be the love of music and the reward from developing the musical talent of youth.

Applications should be made in the first instance to David Greilach, President Hyde Street Youth Band including a resume via email to president@hsyb.org.au. A current Working with Children check is a mandatory requirement, a copy of which should be included with you application. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the President, David Greilach on 0419 527 120.

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Schedule for the 2016 State Band Championships

The 2016 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 13 August
Section Start Time No of Bands
Open D Grade Concert 8:30 AM 1
Open C Grade Concert 9:05 AM 2
Open B Grade Concert 10:15 AM 1
Junior C Grade Brass 11:15 AM 2
Open A Grade Brass 1:00 PM 4
Open D Grade Brass 5:30 PM 7
Sunday 14 August
Section Start Time No of Bands
Open C Grade Brass 8:40 AM 8
Open B Grade Brass 3:00 PM 6

 

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2016 State Solo & Ensemble Championships – Night of Champions!

As has become tradNight of Champions Flyer 2016ition, the Saturday night of the State Solo & Ensemble Championships weekend will see the annual Night of Champions concert at Our Lady of Mercy College.

All the Open Brass Solo Champions will take to the stage to battle it out for the title of Champion of Champions for 2016.

A night filled with fantastic music, played by some of the finest musicians in Victoria.

Tickets available at the door – $10 each, $5 concession

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Moreland City Band Archiving Project- help required

Moreland City Band (MCB) are looking for a reliable person or two to supervise two people who will be archiving the MCB library over the next six months. The project involves scanning the MCB library into PDF files which will be stored electronically. The supervisor will have to be on site to assist with questions, and to make sure the sheet music is properly scanned and recorded. The supervisor will have to be on site for 6 hours, at least one day a week. The project will take place three days a week at the MCB band hall, 16 Cross St, East Brunswick.

This is a voluntary position. The supervisor will have to have a current Police Check. MCB will reimburse application fees for a police check if the supervisor does not already have one.

It would suit somebody who is interested in the history of brass band music, and is interested in preserving a wonderful legacy.

Interested parties can contact Howard Norsetter at hnorsetter@gmail.com or call him directly at 0412585314.

 

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Contest Bylaws Review – call for submissions

Every two years, there is a review of the Victorian Bands’ League Contest Bylaws. This is a great opportunity for bands to reflect on which rules are working and those rules they feel could be improved.

Bands are asked to send through any recommendations to the VBL Office by Monday 1st August 2016.

The suggestions will then be compiled into one document and circulated to all bands at the start of September. The proposals will be then be voted on at the October Delegates Meeting.

The current Contest Bylaws can be found here

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Brass for a disadvantaged school – Call for spare Instruments

Brass program at a disadvantaged state school in Hampton Park is looking for instruments.

If any band has surplus instruments that they no longer need please let us know. We are open to donations but if they are in reasonable order and playable we have a small budget.

Thank you in anticipation.

Please contact Mal Grimmett at grimmett.malcolm.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

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