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.

The 2022 Australian National Band Championships - Play Locally, Compete Nationally!

Unfortunately the 2022 Australian National Band Championships to be hosted in Tanunda, South Australia will not be proceeding as originally planned. The NBCA would like to apologise to those bands that may have begun to plan their preparations for this event. We certainly hope to be back in South Australia in the not too distant future.


The NBCA would like to announce that the Australian National Band Championships will be entering new and exciting territory in 2022. Bands will come together in their own states to compete Nationally with live stages and streaming to be held at various locations around the country. The NBCA are in the early stages of developing this proposal with further details to follow.


Vale: David H. Peters, OAM (1955-2020)

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of former President and Life Member of the NBCA David Peters, OAM. David was a significant figure within the banding movement in Tasmania and nationally. He was a life member of the TBL having served as President. David was awarded the TBL Badge of Honour and was a Jubilee Certificate recipient with over 50 years of faithful service. He was also a member of Organising Committees and Chief Drill Adjudicator for several Australian National Band Championships.

David will be sadly missed. His contribution to the banding movement was enormous. Our deepest condolences go to his family and the Tasmanian Bands League with whom he served so faithfully.

Barrie Gott
National Band Council of Australia

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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