Update Regarding the 2022 Nationals

The NBCA began planning the 2022 Nationals in mid-2021 in response to requests from across the banding community for the resumption of the event. However as stated from Day 1, the event has had to be adapted in response to the COVID-19 challenges facing us.

Most states are facing considerable challenges as they move to the next stage of Australia's response to COVID which has been exacerbated by the Omicron variant. It is not entirely clear at this stage how bands will be affected by this next stage although this should become clearer when bands return to rehearsals this year. It is nonetheless clear that bands will be expected to fully comply with the COVID regulations in each state pertaining to rehearsals.

We are watching the situation carefully, and appreciate the advice already provided from bands who have entered the competition. We will next meet on the 23rd January to review the arrangements for the event in light of the emerging situation and will keep you informed of any decisions made regarding the 2022 Nationals.

Christmas Greetings

As we reach the end of 2021, congratulations to all our Australian banding associations, bands, and band members on getting through another difficult year.

Thanks to BANSW for running the wonderful ANOFOB in April this year, where 73 bands from around the country and one from the USA came together to celebrate banding in a digital age. Congrats to QBA, WABA, and TBL on running successful state championships this year and our commiserations to VBL, SABA, and BANSW for having to cancel or postpone your states for 2021. I are sure they will be popular events when they return. Finally, thanks to all the state presidents for the work you do in grassroots banding including organising events and helping bands with funding.

Thanks also to all the band families around the country - we miss many Easters, public holidays, and lots of weekends and evenings for band rehearsals and concerts. Thanks for allowing us to pursue our banding passions.

Enjoy the holiday season, and I hope 2022 brings a year of prosperity, calm, and lots of normal gigs for our banding community. I especially am looking forward to the Nationals - it allows us another chance to show the world how we can pursue our banding interests in this strange COVID world.

Happy holidays, happy new year, and enjoy this break with family and friends.

Paul De Cinque
National Band Council of Australia

NBCA November Conference

The NBCA Councillors and Executive held a productive November conference on Sunday morning. The council covered a range of topics, including: enacting quotas for test pieces at Nationals to support a diverse range of composers, ages for junior band members, live-streaming parts of NBCA conferences, emerging from COVID and what support NBCA can provide to member states, enacting conversations with other music organisations and the federal arts minister, and updates on the 2022 and 2023 nationals.

We agreed to make an Acknowledgement of Country, and a Welcome to Country where practical for NBCA events and meetings moving forward.

Moving to a Zoom meeting for the conference this November also removed the need for travel around the country given travel restrictions. We are investigating whether to keep the November conference as a Zoom event in future. This will help reduce our carbon footprint, and also save member states the financial cost of travel of their delegates.

If you want any further information regarding what was talked about, you will be able to read the minutes for the meeting when they are released in the coming weeks, or you can speak to your state NBCA councillor.


Paul De Cinque
National Band Council of Australia

Dr Paul De Cinque Elected NBCA President

It is with much pleasure that we announce that Dr Paul De Cinque, the Chair of Brass and Music Education at the University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music has been elected President of the NBCA. We welcome Paul and his considerable experience and expertise in the community music sector and look forward to continuing to develop an NBCA that truly reflects the desires and interests of the Australian banding community.

An open statement from Paul:

“I am very excited to take on what I know will be a challenging but rewarding position as NBCA President. Like many of you, I was sad to see Barrie stand down; I wish him the best and thank him for everything he has done for Australian bands. I joined my first community band as a Year 9 student and have been involved in community brass and concert bands since then as a player, conductor, and administrator. Australia is such a large place, and as a West Australian, I am looking forward to getting around our beautiful country and meeting many of you. Community banding takes a lot of time for each of us, and we are so lucky to have so many dedicated players and administrators that make what we do possible. In my role as President, I hope to be able to continue the NBCA’s work to support all of you in our bands, and do what I can to encourage the continued growth and awareness of the banding movement. I am very much looking forward to working with you all.”

Paul De Cinque
D.M.A., M.M., B.Mus(Hons), B.MusEd, B.Comm
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.

Tony Schraven
NBCA Executive Officer
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