BandStand Sunday – great weather, great music, great day!

Fed Square Crowd

The inaugural BandStand Sunday on October 18th was well received by both the banding community and the general public. There was an average crowd of 350 – 400 people there throughout the day with a peek crowd of over 800 there during the performance of Darebin City Brass – Preston Band. Crowds were treated to Brass and Concert Bands from across the State from 10.am to 6.00pm

The Victorian Bands’ League would like to thank our sponsors – Yamaha Music Australia and Fine Music. This event wouldn’t have been possible without their generous support.

The bands all had a great time performing and we hope to run the event again in 2016.

 

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BandStand Sunday Event @ Federation Square

The Victorian Bands’ League is proud to present the first ever BandStand Sunday Event at Federation Square. On Sunday October 18th, you will hear Brass and Concert Bands from across the state performing from 10.00am until 5.30pm.

A throwback to years gone by, when every local park had a bandstand and every Sunday you would hear the local band playing for the community, we hope to inspire a new generation to get more involved in community music and have some fun!

Check out the event page here for all details.

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ABC Ballarat – Proud sponsor of the 2015 State Band Championships!

The Victorian Bands’ League is delighted to announce ABC Ballarat as a key sponsor of the 2015 Victorian Band Championships.

Check out their great article featuring Ballarat City Band here

107.9 ABC Ballarat is one of ABC Local Radio’s newest stations, beginning its on-air existence one chilly winter morning on June 30, 2003. It is the largest ABC regional station in Victoria and is home to a team of broadcasters, journalists, program-makers and online producers, providing news, programs and online content primarily about Ballarat, Ararat, Daylesford and Colac as well as the greater South West Victoria region including Hamilton, Portland, Port Fairy and Warrnambool.

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2015 State Band Championships – Live Streaming and Competition Schedule!

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Brassbanned.com – Live Streaming

The battle is on again to see who will be crowned the Champion Bands for 2015! The VBL is excited to announce that the 2015 State Band Championships (Aug 16 & 17) will once again be streamed live from Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat by the team at Brassbanned.com! Continue reading

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Silent Film Competition – Oakleigh Brass Band

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Picture Night Poster

Oakleigh Brass Band are seeking silent films to be part of their film festival “Picture Night” in October 2015, as part of their ANZAC contribution. Picture Night is supported by the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council.

December 1915: on the home front in Oakleigh, Victoria, the Oakleigh Band played music to accompany silent movies – newspaper articles from the time suggest that this was the first time that movies were shown in Oakleigh.

A century later in October 2015 Oakleigh band will recreate this event, this time with locally made films.  Short listed entries will be shown, with the Oakleigh Band again providing the live sound track.

First prize for the best film is $500, second prize is $250. Continue reading

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2015 State Band Championships – Entries Now Open

The Victorian Bands’ League is pleased to announce that entries for the 2015 State Band Championships are now open and that the competition will be adjudicated by Mark Ford.

Check out the 2015 State Band Championships event page to find out more!

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2015 Victorian State Solo & Ensemble Championships Entries Now Open!

The VBL is pleased to announce that entries for the 2015 Victorian State Solo & Ensemble Championships are now open!

Go to the 2015 Victorian State Solo & Ensemble Championships event page to find out more.

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Walter Pope awarded Life Membership of the Victorian Bands’ League

At the 2015 Victorian Bands’ League Annual General Meeting,Wally LM award
the delegates present endorsed through acclamation the nomination of Walter Pope for Life Membership of the Victorian Bands’ League. This is the highest accolade for any member of the Victorian Bands’ League. Congratulations Wally!

The following bio was read out on the day: Continue reading

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Election of the 2015/16 VBL Executive Council

Congratulations to all those elected to the 2015/16 Victorian Bands’ League Executive Council.

The full list of those elected can be found below: Continue reading

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Announcement of Pieces for the 2015 State Band Championships

The set works for the 2015 State Band Championships are as follows: Continue reading

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