The 2022 Australian National Band Championships - Play Locally, Compete Nationally!

Unfortunately the 2022 Australian National Band Championships to be hosted in Tanunda, South Australia will not be proceeding as originally planned. The NBCA would like to apologise to those bands that may have begun to plan their preparations for this event. We certainly hope to be back in South Australia in the not too distant future.


The NBCA would like to announce that the Australian National Band Championships will be entering new and exciting territory in 2022. Bands will come together in their own states to compete Nationally with live stages and streaming to be held at various locations around the country. The NBCA are in the early stages of developing this proposal with further details to follow.


Vale: David Peters, OAM (1955-2020)

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of former President and Life Member of the NBCA David H. Peters, OAM. David was a significant figure within the banding movement in Tasmania and nationally. He was a life member of the TBL having served as President. David was awarded the TBL Badge of Honour and was a Jubilee Certificate recipient with over 50 years of faithful service. He was also a member of Organising Committees and Chief Drill Adjudicator for several Australian National Band Championships.

David will be sadly missed. His contribution to the banding movement was enormous. Our deepest condolences go to his family and the Tasmanian Bands League with whom he served so faithfully.

Barrie Gott
National Band Council of Australia

Australian National Online Festival of Bands (ANOFOB)

The National Band Council of Australia in conjunction with the Band Association of NSW will be conducting the inaugural Australian National Online Festival of Bands (ANOFOB) instead of the Australian National Band Championships which were to be held in Newcastle over Easter 2021. The NBCA would like to encourage all eligible bands to participate in this event under the conditions outlined in the press release which can be accessed by clicking here.

This festival will provide an opportunity for bands to submit for adjudication video recordings of them playing a sacred item, single own choice major work, on stage march or own choice concert item (or any combination of these four items).

The festival is all about participation, providing bands with purpose for rehearsals through these times as we attempt to return to our usual high standards, making great music together rather than fierce competition for trophies and titles.

A Message from the President

Hi all.

Since the cancelling of the National and many State championships I can only watch and see the great endeavours of many who are trying to maintain the joy, love and passion for banding.

There is much we can do as individuals to maintain the high standard of community music making that is evident in this country by practising, seeking ways to improve technique and most importantly staying in touch with each other. Staying in touch means that we do not lose the sense of community that banding brings AND the next time you meet in person will be even better.

If any of you have innovative ways that you use to communicate do not hesitate to share them.

Be assured that the NBCA is aware of the difficulties and strains placed upon us at this time however our thoughts and prayers are with you and I look forward to next year when we will celebrate another exciting contest in Newcastle.

Best wishes

Barrie Gott
National Band Council of Australia

Notice of Cancellation - Australian National Band Championships

Hello again everyone.

What a difference a few days has made. As the world comes to grips with the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the organising body for the nationals has taken a further critical review of the viability of hosting our event this Easter.

The NBCA has made the following statement:

Discussions were held with the National Band Council and the Western Australian organising committee today following the announcement of a pandemic. It is with regret that the the National Contest to be held in Perth at Easter will not proceed. We are well aware of the amount of preparation that has has been made by the organising committee and individual bands. However, circumstances and concerns by various stakeholders have made us come to this decision.

This decision was not made lightly but was in the end forced upon us.


Barrie Gott
National Band Council of Australia

Notwithstanding WABA's alignment with the NBCA, this is a devastating blow to the team here - our small committee has moved mountains to welcome bands from all over Australia, and for it to end like this, just a few weeks out, is nothing short of heartbreaking. This competition was definitely going to be one for the books!

We sincerely thank our sponsors for their support - without your generosity we would not have made it this far.

The team has prepared a brief Q&A reference, available via our website here.

If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

Wiebe Wilbers
Organising Secretary
2020 National Band Championships
Mob: 0439 723 843
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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.

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NBCA Executive Officer
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