2015 Annual Conference

The 2015 NBCA Annual General Meeting and Conference will be held in Adelaide over the weekend of the 19th - 21st June.

The AGM will appoint a President and Vice President for the next two years, receive and ratify the financial report and complete the various requirements that are normal procedure.

The following conference examines the venues and preparations for the 2016 National Band Championships, receives the report from the 2015 event and debates and considers matters and motions that are presented by Councillors from their various State bodies. The Annual Conference brings all six state Councillors together in a focused situation where discussion and debate leads to decisions designed to enhance the operations and presentation of the nation's major community banding event. Councillors are guided by their state bodies and strive to achieve a result that reflects what they believe their state bodies and affiliated bands seek to achieve in their involvement in the Australian National Band Championships.

Nominations for the NBCA Executive Open

The National Band Council of Australia advises that nominations from interested persons are now being received for the positions of President and Vice President of the Council as outlined in the NBCA's constitution. Interested persons seeking to contribute to Australia's band world are encouraged to seek nomination for these positions.

Nominations and all inquiries should be directed to the Executive Officer and all nominations MUST be received by the close of business on Friday, 5th June 2015. Nominations received will be considered by the Council at its AGM as part of the annual conference to be held in Adelaide from Friday, 19th June to Sunday, 21st June.

Nominations should comply with NBCA Rules 14, 15 and 16 and nominee(s) should acquaint themselves with Rules 15 and 16 which details the duties of the position(s). These rules can be referenced in the constitution which is available from the Downloads area of the NBCA web site.

Allen Woodham OAM

Executive Officer

2015 National Contest Success

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

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.

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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