Calling All Composers

The National Band Council of Australia (NBCA) seeks expressions of interest from composers.

The Australia Council has made available a financial grant which the NBCA has allocated for commissioning a new work suitable for Brass and Concert Band.

Substantial Work

Expressions of interest are sought for a substantial composition which can be transcribed for both concert and brass band and arranged for varying grades if required.


While expressions of interest can be submitted by any person who believes they can undertake the task competently, the National Music Consultative Committee would undertake to consult with applicants to determine their suitability to the task and the type and style of work that the applicant has in mind.

The NBCA would like to receive initial expressions of interest from anyone who cares to declare themselves capable of undertaking the task and at this stage, if the person has no profile in this area, requires a short summary of the applicant’s background involving music composition and or arranging skills.

The opportunity is open to anyone to apply and we invite people to do so, initially by 31st August 2009, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2006 Annual General Meeting & Conference

Brief snippets courtesy of President, Robert Bedwell, from the 2006 NBCA AGM and Conference:

  • The newly appointed Executive Officer for the NBCA is Allen Woodham (from South Australia).
  • The QBA unlimited time limit for the Own Choice for all grades did not get up, nor the deletion of on stage march.
  • Dual registration – there is a change here that should satisfy the states in particular who asked.
  • Definition of conductor has been modified, however, not ‘open slather’ – it will be anyone who is acceptable within a state governing bodies own regulations/by-laws. For some degree of consistency in registration matters it was felt that all registration matters be the realm of the state governing bodies, until the States decide that a uniform set of National regulations is acceptable to all. This is a possible project for the future should the States be willing to accept it.
  • The poaching regulation has been deleted as it is unenforceable.
  • The venues for the 2007 National Championships in Ivanhoe were very good. We had to rely on the venue people advising that acoustics were acceptable. There are a number of issues that the VBL has to address with short term target dates that will be monitored stringently.
  • The State hosts for the 2008 Nationals will be announced Monday, 3rd July.

This brief release is pending a full report and minutes to be issued by the NBCA in due course.

Robert Bedwell
National Band Council of Australia

Morrison Appointed NBCA Patron

Aussie instrumental wizard appointed Patron of the National Band Council of Australia

On behalf of the National Band Council of Australia I am pleased to announce James Morrison AM as patron of the National Band Council of Australia Inc.

James has established himself internationally as one of the most outstanding instrumentalists of our time.

His feats on trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium, saxophone, tenor horn and flugel horn are unrivalled and this has led to his idol status amongst players of all ages.

He has performed regularly with Brass and Concert Bands in Australia and overseas, making him an ideal figurehead for the National Band Council of Australia.

In accepting the appointment James said, “I would consider it an honour to serve as Patron of the National Band Council of Australia. I see community banding as the perfect opportunity for amateur musicians of all levels and ages to enjoy live music making at its very best”.

Robert A. Bedwell
National Band Council of Australia Inc.

25th June 2006

Lawrence Family Appeal

Brisbane Brass has released a statement concerning the accidental deaths of two of its members in a car accident involving the family of six. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lawrence family during this time of trauma and difficulty.

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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