The 2014 Queensland Contest Committee have continued their preparations for the Australian National Band Contest with the launching of their website. The site already provides information and detail regarding the 2014 event and will be expanded as further details are finalised.
The site can be viewed at the following link:
Two band stalwarts - Mike Butcher and Robert Bedwell - are to be honoured in Awards
The National Band Council of Australia has decided to inaugurate two new perpetual trophies for awarding initially at the Perth contest. The awards are for the Open Champion of Champion and Junior Champion of Champion in the Concert Band Solo’s section.
“The Council is pleased to name the Open Champion soloist trophy the Mike Butcher award and the Junior soloist trophy the Robert Bedwell award,” NBCA Executive Officer, Allen Woodham stated. “It is pleasing to have these trophies commissioned to recognise two incredible people within the band movement and also to give concert band soloists the same level of achievement as their brass colleagues.”
The President of the NBCA, Dr Kevin Cameron, recently spoke with Andrew Stone from Brass Zone on a range of issues reflecting on his observations as the chair of the organization.
Of particular interest are the comments on the subject of player and band registrations for the national contest and the increasing difficulty for committees in staging the national contest as costs continue to spiral particularly for venue availability. Organizing Committees are being challenged greatly by the increasing costs which can reach upwards of $60,000 for venues for the national contest.
Dr Cameron praised the extensive preparations that have been achieved for the 2013 national contest to be held in Perth which should ensure an excellent event for the banding community. The University, situated on the Swan River, is easily accessible and the performance auditoriums are superb. The Parade of bands venue is similarly an excellent area, in the city, with street cafes that will ensure a relaxed area for the bands to perform. “I would encourage bands to make the effort to come to Perth,” the President remarked.
The interview can be viewed in its entirety here:
A revised Parade of Bands Regulations document and a Drill Handbook have been produced for the NBCA and are available in the Downloads area for reference. The regulatory document will form the basis for operation of the Parade of Bands at the 2013 Championships in Perth.
The Parade of Bands Regulations have been overhauled and updated following an exhaustive exercise involving selected representatives from all states. The committee, chaired and guided by David Peters, undertook an extensive consultation process with various representatives from state Drill Advisory Boards to compile documents that would serve as a standard reference work for Drum Major’s and as a regulatory guideline for the Parade of Bands at the Australian Band Championships.
The documents were tabled at the NBCA conference in July and accepted for adoption as NBCA standards. The NBCA considers this to be a good outcome and is appreciative for the many hours of work that David Peters and the team expended to achieve this outcome.