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 H. Peters, OAM (1955-2020)

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of former President and Life Member of the NBCA David 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

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

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