NBCA Revise Regulations

Following a legal appeal over the adoption of changes to the contest regulations by NSW the NBCA has issued an update to the contest rules as posted to its web site in the revised 2011 Yearbook.

The dispute centred around the legality of the new Section 4 regulations to be applied to the 2011 National Contest. This section has now been withdrawn and will be addressed at the 2011 conference in Melbourne.

“Contesting Bands will experience no difficulties as the registration formalities will be the same as in previous years”, Executive Officer, Allen Woodham stated. “This action will now provide an opportunity to ensure overseas and permit player requirements can be further clarified as it is not the intention of the NBCA that overseas permit players should be excluded from the National Contest.”

Parade of Bands

The Parade of Bands event will be conducted under the guidance of the regulations implemented at the 2010 conference and posted on the NBCA web site with the exception that the ‘change of direction’ will NOT be adjudicated at the 2011 contest.

“While these decisions may appear to be late in the day it has been a lengthy and difficult situation to resolve as lengthy discussions have been undertaken to seek a solution that was acceptable to all parties involved. It is always difficult to reach consensus when change is involved and we look forward to further clarification from delegates at the 2011 conference,” Allen stated.

Significant Changes

The NBCA President Dr Kevin Cameron has issued a statement highlighting the changes that occurred at the July 2010 conference in relation to regulations governing the Australian Band Championships.

The plenary paper that was issued in 2009 formed an extensive part of the discussion, debate and eventual resolutions which now form the basis of operation for regulations at future championships as outlined in the 2011 Yearbook.

There were other changes adopted at the conference in relation to playing time limits, solos and adjudicators which are highlighted in the President’s statement.

The Council is also pleased to announce that Yamaha Australia and the NBCA have signed a three year sponsorship agreement for the National Band Championships for 2011, 2012 & 2013.

The details of all of these matters can be studied in the President’s report and in referral to the documents Dr Cameron mentions.

Playing for Keeps

Playing for Keeps: A Paper on Community Banding by Dr Kevin Cameron

(Published in the MCA Music Forum, Vol. 156, No. 3, May-July 2010)

Brass and concert bands have long had an important place in community music making in Australia.

Kevin Cameron examines the origins and progression of community bands, the place of community music in the wider arts environment, and discusses the difficulties encountered by community music organisations in accessing funding support, particularly in South Australia.

Read the entire article here.

Geoff Fry Awarded OAM

Recognition of Service

The above well-known Queensland banding identity was given the prestigious award for his outstanding service to banding at all levels over many years.

It’s not too often that members of the banding movement in Australia receive the public recognition which they deserve so it is very pleasing to see that Geoff Fry from Queensland was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2010 Australia Day honours list.

Geoff has been a well-known drum major, drill adjudicator, member of the QBA Executive and the Queensland councillor on the NBCA for many years.

He was also one of the driving forces behind the two successful Nationals which Queensland has hosted in recent years and the brass band movement should be proud at this acknowledgement of Geoff’s contribution.

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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