Brief snippets courtesy of President, Robert Bedwell, from the 2006 NBCA AGM and Conference:
- The newly appointed Executive Officer for the NBCA is Allen Woodham (from South Australia).
- The QBA unlimited time limit for the Own Choice for all grades did not get up, nor the deletion of on stage march.
- Dual registration – there is a change here that should satisfy the states in particular who asked.
- Definition of conductor has been modified, however, not ‘open slather’ – it will be anyone who is acceptable within a state governing bodies own regulations/by-laws. For some degree of consistency in registration matters it was felt that all registration matters be the realm of the state governing bodies, until the States decide that a uniform set of National regulations is acceptable to all. This is a possible project for the future should the States be willing to accept it.
- The poaching regulation has been deleted as it is unenforceable.
- The venues for the 2007 National Championships in Ivanhoe were very good. We had to rely on the venue people advising that acoustics were acceptable. There are a number of issues that the VBL has to address with short term target dates that will be monitored stringently.
- The State hosts for the 2008 Nationals will be announced Monday, 3rd July.
This brief release is pending a full report and minutes to be issued by the NBCA in due course.
National Band Council of Australia
Aussie instrumental wizard appointed Patron of the National Band Council of Australia
On behalf of the National Band Council of Australia I am pleased to announce James Morrison AM as patron of the National Band Council of Australia Inc.
James has established himself internationally as one of the most outstanding instrumentalists of our time.
His feats on trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium, saxophone, tenor horn and flugel horn are unrivalled and this has led to his idol status amongst players of all ages.
He has performed regularly with Brass and Concert Bands in Australia and overseas, making him an ideal figurehead for the National Band Council of Australia.
In accepting the appointment James said, “I would consider it an honour to serve as Patron of the National Band Council of Australia. I see community banding as the perfect opportunity for amateur musicians of all levels and ages to enjoy live music making at its very best”.
Robert A. Bedwell
National Band Council of Australia Inc.
25th June 2006
Brisbane Brass has released a statement concerning the accidental deaths of two of its members in a car accident involving the family of six. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lawrence family during this time of trauma and difficulty.
The Australia Council has recently awarded a grant of $5,500 to the NBCA for a composer to be commissioned to write a piece which could be used at national competition level. Detail of the composer will be announced soon.