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

NBCA President Casual Vacancy - Call for nominations

It is with regret that we advise that Mr Barrie Gott has resigned from the role of President of the NBCA for personal reasons. We thank him for his service and wish him all the best. The National Band Council of Australia (NBCA) is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation that facilitates the Australian National Band Championships and promotes a general love and knowledge of band music and good fellowship among band persons. The Council is comprised of representatives from affiliated State Governing Bodies. Currently the NBCA has committed to an exciting new format for the Australian National Band Championships, which includes live streaming from hubs across the country – further extending the accessibility, diversity, and inclusivity of the contest – and exploring new opportunities for the performing arts within the COVID-19 impacted environment. The position of President supports the Council through:

  • Legal and financial accountability
  • Strategic vision and objectives
  • Fundraising
  • Advocacy

Suitable candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience in a similar executive board role within the community or not-for-profit sectors
  • Knowledge of the operating environment of community banding and/or that of the performing arts
  • Proven ability to shape strategic vision, and negotiate with stakeholders, with political acumen

Interested parties should submit a statement of claims of no more than 1000 words, addressing the criteria above, to the Executive Officer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 11pm AEST on Sunday July 18, 2021. The Council will consider these nominations at an election to be held on July 31, 2021. Nominees are encouraged to discuss their application with their state Councillor.

Tony Schraven
Executive Officer
National Band Council of Australia Inc.

Vale: Arthur V. Edwards (1937-2021)

On behalf of the Tasmanian Bands League and members, current and past of the Glenorchy City Concert Brass we are saddened by the news that Arthur Edwards has passed away in Queensland this week. Arthur, Life Member of the Tasmanian Bands League and legendary past Musical Director of the Glenorchy City Concert Brass, previously known as the Returned Services Memorial Band.

Arthur led the Glenorchy City Concert Brass through the 70s and 80s and had great success in state and national contests, including winning the 1984 ‘B’ Grade Championships in Nelson, New Zealand. Arthur also took the band to the top level competing in ‘A’ Grade in the 1981 Australian National Band Championships in Burnie, Tasmania. The band also won the ABC National Band of the Year contest, aired on the program ‘Strike Up the Band’, against all the top bands in Australia, on two occasions.

Arthur was a virtuoso cornet and trumpet player in bands across Australia and played professionally as a member of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Arthur enjoyed playing with other friends of the Glenorchy City Concert Brass; Don Cushion and Gray Sutcliffe, in the Tasmanian Trumpet Trio. They performed in the national television music contest called ‘Showcase’.

Arthur's greatest contribution, without any doubt, was as a teacher. As his daughter Julie said in a tribute 'He was one of the best brass teachers ever. Mr Fix It.'

Arthur was committed to junior development: teaching and inspiring players to the highest levels in amateur and professional fields. His Saturday morning Learners’ Class and his accomplished Junior Band were the training grounds of players who would become professional players, accomplished musicians and conductors. At one time it seemed that every state had an Arthur-trained musician in the highest-grade bands or in the professional orchestras. Many of Arthur's students made their career at a professional level in Australia and overseas, and many more enjoying their involvement in community music, particularly in brass bands. His own children, Rick (deceased) Julie and Peter are testament to this.

The NBCA wish to extend their condolences to his wife Gwen and daughter and son, Julie and Peter.

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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