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.

NBCA Considers Change

Change Considered at Annual Conference

The NBCA Annual Conference to be held in Adelaide from July 10th to 12th will consider considerable changes to national contest regulations and procedures.

Delegates and State Governing Bodies have been provided with documents that outline the framework for consideration which emerged from the ‘Think Tank’ conference which was convened in Melbourne last November. The proposals are based on suggestions and agreements that emanated from wide ranging discussions amongst delegates of all the State Governing Bodies and reflect the call for changes throughout the band world generally.

The November 2009 conference considered wide ranging recommendations that were the basis of the plenary paper prepared by NBCA President Dr Kevin Cameron who assessed wide ranging submissions and suggestions from across the band world.

State delegates will now have the opportunity to review and respond to the recommendations and consider supporting the revised frameworks designed to improve the national contest experience and assist with the financial and organizing efficiency of Australia’s premier band event. It is clear that many involved in the Australian band scene desire a nationally uniform registration system across all State Governing Bodies that is seen to be transparent and workable for national contests.

“The issues surrounding player registration across the states is the key issue facing the Australian National Band Championships. We must ensure that all participants attending one of the most significant events on the annual banding calendar do so in the context of transparency and fairness. The NBCA has taken the lead to ensure that this vital aspect is set in place,” said NBCA President Kevin Cameron.

The draft National Registration Regulations and the revised NBCA Contest Regulations are crucial to achieving these immediate objectives, as well as securing the ongoing success of the Australian National Band Championships. Beyond this, there is much for the NBCA to do in terms of promoting the best interests and great qualities of banding to the wider community,” said Dr Cameron. Persons interested in perusing the proposed documents should seek references from and address comments to their state body in the first instance.

Dr Kevin Cameron Elected as President

The NBCA conference was held over the weekend of July 10th to 12th and saw the election of a new President as departing official Robert Bedwell retired after serving the permitted two terms in the office.

Dr Kevin Cameron was elected as the new President for an initial two year term and pledged to serve the Australian band movement with enthusiasm and vigour.

Geoff Fry Retires

The conference saw the retirement of long serving Councillor Geoff Fry who was presented with a certificate to commemorate his life membership awarded at the 2008 conference in Sydney.

David Peters Elected Vice-President

Mr David Peters, another long serving NBCA official, was also presented with a similar certificate to commemorate his life membership award in 2008 and was elected for a follow up term as Vice President of the Council.

Wendy Martin Retires

Another long serving councillor, Wendy Martin, from Tasmania announced this would be her last conference as she has decided to retire after a long and distinguished period of service in the role.

Best of Ability

After the retiring President expressed appreciation for the dedication and assistance given to him by the executive and council members he expressed a mixture of sadness at leaving the task but also gratitude in being able to serve in the role for the past 4 years.

He challenged all present to remember the fact that they hold their positions to serve the band movement to the best of their ability every way possible.

Foundation for the Future

The incoming President paid tribute to Robert Bedwell and the other above mentioned councillors for their extraordinary service and dedication and expressed a confidence that the knowledge and experience of the retiring members would remain as a foundation into the future.

More details form the conference will be released with the collation of the minutes in due course.

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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