April Minutes 2020


The April Minutes of Meeting are now available. 


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QLD State Band Championships - Test Pieces


The QBA is exctied to announce the Test Selections for this year are:



Open A Grade:  The Torchbearer - Peter Graham (Published by Gramercy Music)

Open B Grade: Traversada - Oliver Waespi (Pucblished by Lucerne Music Edition)

Open C Grade: Viking Age - Theirry Deleruyelle (Publihsed by De Haske)

Open D Grade: A Royal Mile Suite - Alan Fernie (Published by Kirklees)

Junior Grade: Spirit of Youth Overture - Edweard Kennedy (Published by Koala)


Open/Junior Concert Bands are all own choice selections. 

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March Minutes 2020


The March Minutes are now available.



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2020 Festival of Brass - Sunshine Coast - CANCELLED


It is that time of year again.  Forms for the 2020 Festival of Brass are now available. 

Click here for all relevant entry forms - PDF FILES

Click here for all relevant entry forms - DOCX

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Conducting Intensive 2020 - CANCELLED


The QBA are proud to host a Conducting Intensive workshop opportunity in conjunction with ‘Maestros With A Mission’. 

Dr Kevin Cameron and Mr Matt Klohs will provide a ‘Conducting Toolbox’ and expert guidance to beginning and intermediate level conductors over a two day practical intensive. 

There is a limit of 12 podium places available but Observers are also welcomed. 

This is an excellent professional development opportunity for all aspiring conductors. 

Details and application forms found on the QBA website or QBA Secretary, Emily Wright qbandsecretary@gmail.com

Click here for flyer.

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February Minutes


February 2020 Minutes are ready and uploaded.

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Queenslanders Abroad


Jamie left Toowoomba in 2014 to join The Cory Band in Wales as a percussionist. He spent two years with them and then joined the British Army in 2016.

He played all over the UK and Europe with The Cory Band, and played on several of their CD's.  They toured the USA in 2016 and won all major competitions during his time - the National Championships of Great Britain, The British Open, Brass in Concert and the European Championships.

He is now a full time musician with the British army, and is in the British Army Band Tidworth, based in the west of England.

This month Jamie was part of the combined British Army Band which has just finished touring the USA.  The band consisted of all the best musicians from the various Army brass bands in the UK.  

The Musical Director for the tour was Captain Brenden Wheeler who hails from Cairns in Queensland.  Brenden started his brass band career in Cairns and has been in the British Army for many years. 

Well done to both of our local boys leading the way in the UK.  We are very proud of you both. 

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2020 Resound Bush Fire Appeal


Resound relies on the generosity of donors to provide useable, suitable musical instruments for those in need. This gift can help with recovery by re-establishing a sense of normalcy for a musician, supporting a musician's livelihood, continuing a music student's education and bringing healing to a community through their arts organisations. Every offer of an instrument is greatly appreciated. 
Resound was originally established for the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, matching donated musical instruments with affected musicians, schools and music students in Kinglake, Bendigo, Marysville, Steels Creek, Flowerdale, Traralgon, Whittlesea as well to displaced musicians living in Melbourne. Resound received support from the Victorian government, the Music Council of Australia, ABC Classic FM, the Dandenong Ranges Music Council and other music industry groups to make this happen. Resound also responded to the 2011 Queensland floods, working with communities in the Lockyer Valley and Brisbane. For more info, please see the gallery, the article Resound Responds and ABC Classic FM's recent article Musicians playing their part to help Australian bushfire recovery.

For more information please click here!


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2020 Asia Pacific Band Festival - Information


Greetings from the Band Directors' Association (Singapore)!


We are pleased to invite you and your bands to participate in The Asia Pacific Band Festival (APBF) 2020 which is scheduled for 4th & 5th April 2020 at the Singapore Chinese Orchestra Concert Hall.


APBF aims to promote and cultivate wind ensemble music in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region, catering to the needs of bands of various levels and objectives.


There are 5 performing categories and participating groups can choose either the competing or non-competing option. The repertoire is free for all and the only requirement is that participating groups (except those in Category 1) must have at least one local element from their native country in their performance so as to encourage cultural exchange.


With the use of the newly developed AMBC's Automated Competition System, Bands will receive time marked comments from the adjudication panel which includes John Denovi from Drum Corps International, a governing body that provides standardized adjudication at sanctioned competitions throughout the United States and Canada; and Toshio Akiyama who is widely known as the “father of the Japanese wind bands”.


Besides the adjudication, the festival weekend will also have masterclasses, concerts and an outdoor Band Fiesta.


For more details, please refer to the attached information pack. We would appreciate it if you could share this with other bands who may be interested.


The registration deadline is 31st Jan, 2020. Feel free to contact us via email at info@bdas.org.sg for further enquiries.


Very best wishes for the new year and we hope you can join us!


Kai Song, Chan (Mr)


Band Directors' Association Singapore


Information Pack - Click Here

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51st Festival of Brass 2019


The 51st Festival of Brass held on the Sunshine Coast in September exposed an exciting example of the development of brass band playing in the South East corner of Queensland. The solo competition held on the Saturday had double the number of entries from last year (89 participants) and revealed that the standard of brass playing is continuing to grow, together with the repertoire chosen and the standard of the younger competitors demonstrating their exciting potential. Participants travelled from as far away as Bundaberg the Gold Coast and central New South Wales to join those from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

The adjudicator, Dr. Cade Bonar spent 10 hours listening to a full day of competitors but, along with the many who also lasted the distance, was mesmerised by the standard of playing that was produced by nearly all who took part. The legacy of the Festival of Brass on the Sunshine Coast continues to live.  

Euphonium seems to be the instrument most featured on the day and the younger participants performing amazing technical feats for their age levels. Liam Reed (pictured) competed with euphonium in the open section and ensemble section and bass trombone in the junior section and was one of many who competed on different instruments in ensembles.  Liam, a Sunshine Coast Grammar school student and a member of the Bright as Brass(S/Coast Youth Band)was, like many others, thrilled that their serious study of their instrument for solo performances also extended to performing in the band.  Riley Mansfield, 18 years of age, was another who demonstrated great confidence where the notes that flew from his fingers on the euphonium allowed confident musical expression and musical maturity beyond his years.

In the open section the adjudicator gave the highest score he has ever recorded with 98 points to Dale Hosking (Brisbane Excelsior) (pictured)and 97.5 to Fendall Hill (South Brisbane Federal) and was overwhelmed by the level of musicianship on display in this section. Ensembles proved ambitious in instrument choice and courageous in repertoire.  A large gong in a brass quintet – who would have thought!!!!  The venue for the competition – Nambour Salvation Army’s new complex was acoustically comfortable and warmup facilities proved suitable. Big thanks to the Salvos.


 12 years and under:  Charlotte Turner  

14 years and under: Ryan Collier

16 years and under: William Lynch

18 years and under: Tate Cassells

Junior Duet:  Cassells / Lynch

Junior ensemble: Jessica, Jaxen, Jay (Chancellor State College)

Open Ballad:  Dale Hosking

Open Duet: Nelson Oakley, Danny Dielkens

Open Ensemble: Sunshine Coast Ensemble

Open Solo:  Dale Hosking

Veteran – 60 years and over: Paul Radford

The winners came from - Surfers Paradise Brass, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, S/Coast Youth Orchestra, Chancellor State College, Windsor Brass, Brisbane Excelsior. 

The following day all the bands gathered together at the revamped Caloundra RSL where each band were required to play a 30 minute entertainment program.  Costumes, props and uniforms were well represented. Bands are to be congratulated for entering into the spirit of the occasion, especially Windsor Brasswhere every member wasdressed in a superhero or similar outfit and the music they played reflected their dress.  Very impressive.  Bright as Brasswere ‘out of this world’, with a quick change of outfit for every second piece performed and featuring music from movies the classics. Music from the movie Harry Potter included a big shiny thing swinging across a darkened stage. 

 Bundaberg Bandwere more traditional while the Brisbane Brass No. 3chose to be very adventurous in costume and music.  Sunshine Brass used as its theme ’Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’. Their program included music by Henry the 8th, to the Blues to music in the Rock style. This was enough to get them over the line as winners followed by Bright as Brassand Windsor Brass.

The adjudicator Jason Redman was treated to a variety of music and imaginative themed programs. Far removed from the concert stage of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in his role as principal trombone.  It was good to see Bundaberg Brassback in the competition circle after recovering from the dreadful floods some time ago which ruined their library and band room.

There is a change of date for the 52ndFestival of Brass next year and we are reminded that it will be earlier in the year – Saturday 16th  and Sunday 17thMay 2020.  Note in your diary. Can’t wait.

Kevin Brown

Dale Hosking11


Liam Reed11


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2020 NBCA Yearbook

The 2020 NBCA Yearbook is now available for you to read through with the amendments made from this years conference. 

The document can be found:

Folder Documents -> QBA Constitiution -> 2020 NBCA Yearbook


Or simply click the link here: 2020 NBCA Yearbook

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2020 Youth Band Camp


The 2020 Youth band Applications are now open!!!

Tuesday 7th January to 10th January 2020!


Submit to the QBA Secretary by: 1st September 2019

Leonie Marshall Scholarship Applications Close: 31st October 2019


QBA Member: $325pp ($50 deposit required with application)

Non QBA Member $395pp ($50 deposit required with application)


Application form (CLICK HERE)

More infromation (CLICK HERE)


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2019 Annual General Meeting


Date: 27th July 2019

Time: 12:00pm

Place: Sunnybank Community and Sports Club

Forms due by: 20th July 2019


Please find the documents requried for the 2019 Annual General Meeting for the Queensland Band Association. 








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2019 - Yamaha National Band Championships


Please click the links below for the 2019 Yamaha Australian National Band Championship Results.

Band Results: Click here 

Solo and Ensemble Results: Click Here

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Ravenshoe State School - Great Start Grant from Yamaha Australia


It is with great pleasure I formally announce the winner of the 2019 Great Start Grant is Ravenshoe State School.

Ravenshoe is a small township 2 hours south west of Cairns.

This school has all the potential in the world. They are a tight-knit community who have suffered significant struggles in the past few years. The town of about 1500 people has suffered through the hardship of a café explosion in the town killing 2 people as well as 2 student suicides last year. Being in the lowest socio-economic bands in the country, the school makes all resources stretch as far as possible, and the community cover a lot of gaps that parents can’t including a strong student welfare safety net. They have a “go getter” principal and a knowledgeable, dedicated band leader who will (in their words) reinvigorate their heartbroken town by making the school the heart on soul of the community through the schools band program and dairy farm (yes – the school has a fully functioning dairy farm).

Just because Ravenshoe has been awarded our 2019 Great Start Grant, doesn’t mean we didn’t have other deserving applicants. We received 137 applications for this year’s grant all of which need help. We are now in a unique position to put them in touch with dealers, education experts and professional development providers to help them build a culture of music in schools. This year’s grant proved to me there is a strong thirst and passion for music education, people just need help directing that energy.

Ravenshoe State School are the lucky recipients of 34 band instruments, 3 days of training with our very own Dr. Rob McWilliams and a launch concert with the very special Tim Minchin in the school for the community (12th of June).

Everything they need to get started!



Mat Regards,

Mat Taylor | Assistant Marketing Manager – B&O | Music Products Division


Level 1, 80 Market Street South Melbourne VIC 3205

P: +61 3 9693 5109

M: +61 417 361 758

E: mathew.taylor@music.yamaha.com

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8am – 4.30pm

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Roger Roache Update

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It is with much sadness that we have to pass on to fellow bandies, that Roger Roache, suffered a severe stroke on Thursday and is in palliative care.

Our thoughts and love are with him, Dorothy and his family during this time.

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Steve and Misa Mead Masterclass


Please follow the link below to book your spot:



Steve and Misa Mead Masterclass

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NZ Youth Band Australian Tour


Check out the New Zealand Youth Band "Australian Tour" coming to a location near you.  For more information visit www.brassbanz.org


NYB 2019 Tour Poster2

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2019 Yamaha Nationals Newsletter #2

Follow this link for the #2 Nationals Newsletter.

For further information please visit the 2019 Yamaha National Band Championships website via http://www.nationalbandchampionships.com.au



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2018 QLD State Band Championship Results

2018 State Championships RESULTS

A huge congratulations to all bands for their participation over the weekend.

CLICK HERE for the 2018 State Band Championship Results

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QBA Announcements

The April Minutes of Meeting are now available. PLEASE CLICK HERE...
The QBA is exctied to announce the Test Selections for this year are:&...
The March Minutes are now available. CLICK HERE TO VIEW...
It is that time of year again.  Forms for the 2020 Festival of Br...
The QBA are proud to host a Conducting Intensive workshop opportunity ...