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Welcome to the official website of the National Band Council of Australia Inc, the National organisation representing the Brass and Concert Bands of Australia, dedicated to the promotion, fellowship, and development of banding throughout Australia.


The National Band Council of Australia (NBCA) exists to:

  • ensure that national band contests, marching contests and solo and party competitions are conducted under a common set of rules;

  • promote a general love and knowledge of band music and good fellowship among band persons;

  • promote and control national band contests;

  • provide positive leadership and direction to enable Australian brass and concert bands to achieve their maximum potential through planned administration, policy development and communication.

Latest News:

  • Nominations for the NBCA Executive Officer

    The National Band Council of Australia advises that nominations from interested persons are now being received for the position of Executive Officer of the Council as outlined in the NBCA's Constitution. Interested persons seeking to contribute to Australia's band world are encouraged to submit a nomination for this position. Nominations and all inquiries should be directed to the current Executive Officer and all nominations must be received by the close Read More
  • Cancellation of the 2022 Australian National Band Championships

    The NBCA are disappointed to announce the cancellation of the 2022 Australian National Band Championships. While we had seventy-eight bands register for the event based on our initial plans for the Easter weekend, we made the decision to postpone the event to a later date due to COVID. This in turn created a number of issues which has left us unable to find suitable venues on appropriate alternate dates. After Read More
  • Female Composers

    Reading some of the responses to the selection of Test Pieces for the 2022 Australian Nationals made it clear that we need to be more involved in selecting and promoting works by a diverse range of composers. I have chatted with Dr Jodie Blackshaw on this topic, and one of her most powerful messages is that there is a lot of great music by diverse composers, but we as conductors Read More
  • Delay to the 2022 Australian National Band Championships

    As Omicron has spread around Australia over January, the NBCA has continued to assess the viability of the 2022 Nationals, and our ability to run a safe, fair, and financially viable event. On safety, it is clear that many cases and sadly, a number of deaths have placed many bands into positions where they are either unable to rehearse, or would be significantly risking their health and safety in doing Read More
  • Update Regarding the 2022 Nationals

    The NBCA began planning the 2022 Nationals in mid-2021 in response to requests from across the banding community for the resumption of the event. However as stated from Day 1, the event has had to be adapted in response to the COVID-19 challenges facing us. Most states are facing considerable challenges as they move to the next stage of Australia's response to COVID which has been exacerbated by the Omicron Read More
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About Us

The National Band Council of Australia is a representative body formed by agreement of the Australian State Governing Bodies which represent the six Australian States. It is incorporated under the relevant New South Wales legislation.

The NBCA acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and to their Elders past, present and emerging.


Tony Schraven
NBCA Executive Officer
0414 489 476
executiveofficer@nbca.asn.au

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