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 National Contest to be held in Perth at Easter will not proceed. We are well aware of the amount of preparation that 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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Planning for Perth 2020

The organizing committee are working hard aiming to make the Perth Australian National Band Championships exceed everyone's expectations.

We are looking forward to be welcoming you back to Perth in 2020. The Nationals will run from Friday, 10th April to Monday, 13th April 2020.

In addition to the Nationals, Perth will have something for everyone. From our world class beaches, day trips to award winning winery regions, a wide range of accommodation in the city centre area, and restaurant and pubs to suit everyone, you will enjoy your time in Perth.​

Keep an eye on the website for more information and feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

We are looking forward to putting on a great Nationals for you!

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
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