Women In Brass: A Celebration of Female Brass Players

Join Women In Brass for an evening of fantastic music, featuring some of Australia's top female brass and percussion players. With a broad range of music on offer, there's something for everyone.

From traditional hymns to folk tunes, movie themes, classical arrangements and more, the repertoire is a great challenge for players, whilst also providing a varied program to keep you, the audience, on your toes.

If you've never heard a brass band perform, this is a fantastic opportunity to see the wide range of music styles that can be played by a brass group. And if you're an experienced 'brass-bandie', what better way to spend a Saturday night that supporting your fellow bandies and helping to celebrate just how far female banding in Australia has come.

The next concert is at 7pm, Saturday, 27th May 2023 at Huntingtower School, Mount Waverley, Victoria. Tickets start at just $20 and can be purchased by visiting: https://womeninbrass.com.au/tickets/.

NBCA Survey

The National Band Council of Australia (NBCA) is undertaking a survey to assess trends, attitudes and future planning across three categories: the NBCA itself; the Australian National Band Championships; and community banding in general.

Responses will remain anonymous but will be used to inform future events and activities undertaken by the NBCA and affiliated State Governing Bodies.

The survey should take about 15-20 minutes to complete, and you can only take the survey once. The survey is open between 19th February and the 16th April 2023.

The NBCA thanks you for your candid, constructive, feedback.

To access the survey, please click here.

Vale: Tony Schraven (1954-2023)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of NBCA Life Member, former Executive Officer and Western Australian Councillor Tony Schraven.

Tony was a humble and hardworking person, regularly putting the needs of others above his own. He could always be found backstage at a contest, happy to take on any volunteer role.

Tony was also President of the Western Australian Band Association, long term President, librarian, publicity officer, bookings officer and playing member of the Mandurah Concert Band, member of the 2013 Perth Nationals Organising Committee, 2016 Western Australian Bands Person of the Year and a trumpet player extraordinaire who was awarded 'Local Legend' status by the Mandurah Shire Council in 2020.

Those who knew Tony knew him as a kind and generous man who always had time to talk and to support those around him. He had a wide smile and was always “bloody marvellous”.

Tony will be deeply missed, as an administrator and a musician, but mostly as a friend.

The NBCA’s thoughts and sympathies are extended to Tony’s wife Joyce and his family and friends at this sad and difficult time.

Rest peacefully Tony.

NBCA President - Call for nominations

Nominations are now open for the position of President of the NBCA.

The National Band Council of Australia (NBCA) is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation that facilitates the Australian National Band Championships and promotes a general love and knowledge of band music and good fellowship among band persons. The Council is comprised of representatives from affiliated State Governing Bodies.

The position of President supports the Council through:

  • Legal and financial accountability
  • Strategic vision and objectives
  • Fundraising
  • Advocacy

Suitable candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience in a similar executive board role within the community or not-for-profit sectors
  • Knowledge of the operating environment of community banding and/or that of the performing arts
  • Proven ability to shape strategic vision, and negotiate with stakeholders, with political acumen

Interested parties should submit an application of no more than 1,000 words, addressing the criteria above, to the Executive Officer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 5pm AEST on Friday, 19th August 2022.

The Council will consider these nominations at a meeting to be held on 4th September 2022.

Nominees must also have a letter of support from their state governing body and have their nomination seconded by a second State Governing Body. More information can be found in the NBCA Constitution here.

Megan Stapleton
Executive Officer
National Band Council of Australia Inc.

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.

Megan Stapleton
NBCA Executive Officer