Bendigo Eisteddfod – New Venue for 2014

The VBL is excited to announce on behalf of the Bendigo Competitions Society that the 2014 Eisteddfod will be held at the Bendigo South East College Theatre in Ellis Street, Bendigo. Continue reading

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Executive Council Nominations Open

The VBL is pleased to announce that nominations for the 2014/15 term on the Executive Council are now open. Continue reading

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Major Work Selection – 2014 State Band Championships

The VBL is pleased to announce the major work selections for the 2014 State Band Championships are as follows.

Major Works for Junior Brass Bands and all Concert Bands shall be Own Choice.  The test pieces for Open Brass Bands are listed below.

A Grade

    • Diversions on a Bass Theme – George Lloyd

B Grade

    • Firestorm – Steven Bulla

C Grade

    • Sinfonietta – Gordon Langford

D Grade

    • Renaissance Suite – Franco Cesarini

As per the VBL rules, bands may not play any winning piece for a period of thirteen (13) months unless subsequently chosen as a test piece. As the test pieces have been announced prior to the Bendigo Eisteddfod, any band who chooses to play the relevant test piece for their grade at the Bendigo Eisteddfod and subsequently wins will be ineligible to compete at the State Championships.

The official schedule will be released and entries will open on May 19th 2014.

The VBL wishes all bands the very best in their preparations for the State Championships.

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Victorian State Youth Brass Band Award Recipients 2013

The Victorian State Youth Brass Band is proud to announce the recipients of the awards for 2013. Continue reading

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Sunshine Community Brass Appoint New Musical Director

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Sunshine Community Brass is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Kevin Cameron as their new musical director.

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Show you support for the Victoria Police Bands

As you may be aware, the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police has taken the decision to ‘civilianise’ the Pipe Band and to disband the Victoria Police Showband and Code One (rock band),

We have been contacted by ‘Band Together’, who are the spouses, partners, family and supporters of the Victoria Police Bands and who have formed a support and advocacy group to reverse this decision and have the bands resourced appropriately (recruit a drummer and sound technician). The group is not affiliated with any organisation or political party, they simply want to support the Victoria Police Bands because they know they are a great Victorian community asset.
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A Successful Weekend and Well-Deserved Winners

Over the weekend of 17th and 18th August, 2013, 27 bands participated in the Victorian State Band Championships. This is out largest number of bands since 2008 (also 27 bands). A complete list of results is now available on the results page.

Jack Kelly accepting his 2013 Frank Wright Medal

Jack Kelly accepting his 2013 Frank Wright Medal

Special congratulations to Jack Kelly as the 2013 recipient of the Frank Wright Medal.

Jack began his music career aged 11 at the Collingwood Technical School in 1940. Since then he has played with a further 5 bands; Melbourne Advent Brass, City of Heidelberg, Preston Municipal, Kew Band and Darebin City Brass – Northern Brass.

For the last 21 years he has been very involved and pro-active in promoting and teaching youth in brass, both in schools and community bands. He is currently the Musical Director of the Darebin City Brass Youth Group.

The VBL wish Jack all the best with his future endeavors.

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David Gallaher to adjudicate the 2013 State Band Championships

David Gallaher (NZOM, BA, FTCL, LTCL, Dip. Tchg.)

David Gallaher (NZOM, BA, FTCL, LTCL, Dip. Tchg.)

The VBL are very pleased to announce that David Gallaher will be official adjudicator for the 2013 State Band Championships to be held on Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th of August at the Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts. The VBL is very pleased to once again be able to employ the services of David who brings a wealth of experience to this very important role.

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Victorian State Band Championships Entries now Open!

The VBL are pleased to announce that entries for the 2013 Victorian State Band Championships are now open! Continue reading

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Wayne Bowden Awarded Life Membership

Wayne Bowden Life Membership Presentation

 

At the recent VBL AGM the delegates present endorsed through acclamation the nomination of Wayne Bowden for Life Membership of the VBL. This is the highest accolade for any member of the Victorian Bands’ League.

Continue reading to learn more about a man who has had, and continues to have, such a positive influence on the banding world across our country.
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