The National Band Contest in Brisbane has come and gone with bands and soloists reflecting on their performances over the Easter weekend.
As usual bands in all grades, both brass and concert, found the set tests to be extremely challenging as they presented their efforts to the various adjudicators. Every band rose to the challenge in their own way and the diversity of interpretations gave listeners much enjoyment and led to much discussion as opinions were shared. This was evidenced in comments by adjudicators as they spoke about the performances and generally praised the standards of performances by bands at all levels.
This contest continues to be the epitome of Australian banding and showcases the very best in application, dedication and togetherness that groups of musicians can produce both on the stage and in the street as music is made for the joy of doing so. Attending bands illustrated their passion and dedication in expending large sums financially to travel to these events and they spend countless hours polishing their performances. This was certainly reflected in what was evidenced over the weekend in Brisbane.
Add into the mix the very long day with scores of soloists performing across many categories and Australian musicians gave of their very best across five very busy days.
The event was hosted by a busy group of volunteer people from the Queensland Band Association Nationals Committee and the NBCA who dedicated long hours to ensure every competitor enjoyed their involvement.
Next year the National Championships moves to Sydney and once again Australian Bands and soloists will gather to let their music shine at Australia's largest community band gathering.
The National Band Council of Australia advises that nominations from interested persons are now being received for the position of Executive Officer 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 this position.
Nominations and all inquiries should be directed to the current Executive Officer and all nominations MUST be received by the close of business on Friday, 13th June 2014. Nominations received will be considered by the Council at its AGM as part of the annual conference to be held in Sydney from Friday, 20th June to Sunday, 22nd June.
Nominations should comply with the NBCA Rule 14 in particular 14.6 and the nominee should acquaint themselves with Rule 16 which details the duties of the position. These rules can be referenced in the constitution which is available from the Downloads area of the NBCA web site.
Allen Woodham OAM
The current NBCA President Mr Robert Bedwell has received an honorary Medal (OAM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia as announced by Australia’s Governor General.
Robert, who has served the band world in various state and national positions, was given a citation as follows:
Mr Robert Anthony BEDWELL
For service to the community through the Central Coast
Concert Band and to mentoring young musicians.
The NBCA executive and Councillors join with the band community in congratulating Robert with this recognition received.
A new book detailing the history of the Canberra City Band has been recently released to the public. Written by William Hoffmann OAM and John Sharpe the work highlights the unique place in Australia’s history this long serving group has forged from its earliest days as Ben Chiffley’s baby to the current day.
Established in 1925, the Canberra City Band is believed to be Australia’s oldest community concert band. It was formed as a brass band for the workers constructing the federal capital and became Canberra’s official band supported by Prime Minister Ben Chiffley.
The book is a fascinating and interesting read to both band people and history buffs alike and contains some wonderful facts and stories that will fascinate the reader. It depicts the history of some marvellously dedicated people who have made a significant contribution to the life of Australia’s national capital. A wonderful read and a book of real significance.
Copies can be obtained via the band’s web site www.canberracityband.com