The 2015 Centenary of ANZAC contest, held in Sydney over the Easter weekend, has seen bands from across the country celebrate their culture and friendship in a marvellous spirit of togetherness. The special music compositions commissioned for the event were well received and performed with passion and precision by the various bands who obviously worked hard and strove to give of their very best as the message of ANZAC was pictured vividly within the various compositions.
ANZAC commemoration ceremonies were held in the halls each day to remember those who served with bands providing the bugle calls and the reading of the Ode was undertaken by the NBCA’s Executive officer.
Although the weather intervened and prevented the Parade of Bands and dedication service from happening this did not dampen the enthusiasm and excitement that unfolded on the stage during the weekend. Large crowds attended each event such that halls were closed at times as crowds exceeded capacity at some presentation events.
The event clearly illustrated the passion and dedication that community banding injects into Australian life with the preparation of the organizing committee over so many months and the long hours expended by the dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly for the competitors and visitors.
Live streaming of the event was hugely successful as people watched across the world to see the best of Australian banding and enjoy the creations of some of the countries most talented composers.
There is little doubt thoughts will now be reflected on what the 2016 contest will bring in Adelaide.
Full result details can be found in the archives area of the web site.
New details for the 2015 National Contest in Sydney have been released.
The Schedule for the 2015 contest has now been released and is available on the contest web site here.
The Approved March List for the ‘On Stage March’ has now been revised to a single list for both Brass and Concert Bands. The intent is to avoid confusion and give bands the flexibility of playing marches that can be chosen from the combined approved march list.
The 2015 Yearbook (contest regulations) has now been released. This publication details the regulations that govern the 2015 contest.
Both the Yearbook and the March List can be accessed from the Downloads section here.
The NBCA AGM and Annual Conference which was held in Sydney on 21st to 22nd June proved to be a busy time for the Councillors and the NBCA Executive.
The conference received a detailed report from the hosting committee of the Brisbane 2014 Championships and the Council extended warm congratulations on the successful staging of an excellent event.
A detailed report was presented on the preparations for the 2015 Championships to be held in Sydney. This promises to be an iconic event with celebrations marking the centenary of ANZAC as a major feature.
As usual matters raised at the conference from all the State bodies were debated at length. It was again a busy couple of days for the Councillors and officials as they illustrated their passion and dedication to Australia's band movement.
The minutes for the conference have now been posted to the Management Downloads area and can be viewed here.
At the NBCA conference in Sydney on June 20th to 22nd the opportunity was taken to photograph the gathered four who have been awarded an OAM (Medal in the Order of Australia) in recent years. Present were current NBCA President Robert Bedwell OAM; NBCA Executive Officer Allen Woodham OAM; NBCA Vice President David Peters OAM and NBCA recent Vice President Geoff Fry OAM. In comparing notes it was discovered that while each of these awardees have served the NBCA for long periods their respective award citations were quite varied in describing the award.
It must be quite a unique situation to have four people who have been given this unique citation serving within the one organization at any one time. Congratulations were extended to the four individuals by the gathered NBCA Councillors as they enjoyed an evening together after a day-long conference which continued the next day.