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Bendigo Eisteddfod – 26 May 2013

The Band played at the 88th Annual Bendigo Eisteddfod in May this year.

It was a great chance to experience the thrills and spills of competition, to hear some great brass bands from around Victoria, and to get get some really valuable feedback on our performance from adjudicator Ken McDonald.

The results of the day can be found here. Congratulations to Maryborough City Brass Band who won our division, and to all the bands we heard on the day.

Here are some snaps we took in the warm up room before we went on stage:

Chenoa, Tamara and Danielle

Chenoa, Tamara and Danielle

Sarah-Joy and Rowena

Sarah-Joy and Rowena

Quade with his game face on

Quade with his game face on

Karen (with a cornet!) and Trevor

Karen (with a cornet!) and Trevor

And here’s the audio from the performance of the Band performing our signature march:

Written by Percy Code, 1923

Ballarat Heritage Weekend – 11-12 May 2013

Heritage Weekend is another one of the band’s favourite gigs for the year.  It’s such a great weekend with loads of activities all over town which bring people from far and wide.

The band were given the pleasure of playing on the balcony of the George Hotel during the weekend, overlooking the beautiful and historic streetscape of Lydiard Street.

Here are some photos from this year’s playout:

The World's Greatest Hits

The World’s Greatest Hits

Musical Director Mark Smith

Music Director Mark Smith

Aces High

Aces High

We also had a display at the Town Hall during the weekend which detailed the rich history of the band and showed some of the historic items we have in our collection.

The display at the Town Hall

The display at the Town Hall

Full details of the weekend can be found at the Heritage Weekend web site.  Keep an eye on this site next year to plan your weekend, and make sure you drop by to the George Hotel for a listen!

Begonia Festival Parade – 11 March 2013

One of the great things about being a member of the Ballarat Brass Band is that you get to play at some great local events throughout the year.

One of our favourites is the Begonia Festival parade, which takes place on the Monday of the Labour Day long weekend in March each year.

This year’s parade was held in baking hot weather, but despite the heat a huge crowd turned up to enjoy the colour, costumes and festive atmosphere.

Here’s a photo taken before the parade began as the band was about to get into marching formation:

Before the parade

Before the parade

Ballarat Courier photographer Justin Whitelock took some great photos during the parade. I’ll post a couple of them here, but please check out the full photo gallery at the Courier web site here.

Smiling despite the heat

Smiling despite the heat

Marching in March!

Marching in March!

It’s always great to be involved in the Begonia Festival, when the sun is shining and Ballarat is looking magnificent.

Meredith Music Festival – 8 December 2012

The City of Ballarat Municipal Brass band has made their 8th successive appearance at the hallowed Meredith Music Festival in December 2012.

It was a hot, dusty and windy morning, but the punters still showed up in force. Support for the band at this festival grows every year, and as well as the usual chants and cheers of encouragement, some audience members even went to the trouble of making a witty banner.

After waking up any fuzzy-headed late sleepers with a bunch of fanfares, the band took the stage, and played a mix of old favourites and more recent additions to our repertoire like Riders in the Sky, Angels and Bohemian Rhapsody.

The highlight as always was Georgia On My Mind, with another sensational trumpet solo from the irrepressible Bob Pattie:

It’s always an honour to play at Meredith, and this year we shared the stage with some hugely successful bands like Regurgitator, Turbonegro and Primal Scream.


Of course the work of a brass band is never complete, and after packing up we headed back into Ballarat to play Christmas carols on Sturt Street.

We love the opportunity to play at Meredith, and hope there will be many more to come! 

Blue Lake Brass Band Festival – Mt Gambier, 17 November 2012

The band made its annual trip to Mt Gambier in November 2012 for the Blue Lake Brass Band festival.

We played a song called St Kilda in the Street March competition, and were led by Lindsay Govan, who won the Best Drum Major award in the previous year’s contest.

Here’s the footage of the march:

After taking part in the Christmas Parade later that morning, the band headed to the Helpmann Theatre for the Afternoon Music Contest.

It was a great privilege to share the stage with so many great brass bands from around Victoria and South Australia, and we were lucky enough to take out first place in our section.

Here’s our performance of the City of Ballarat March, written by the great Percy Code:

Full results from the weekend can be viewed here.

It was a great weekend all round, and we can’t wait to get back to Mt Gambier again in 2013!

Welcome To Our Web Site!!!

Howdy folks, and welcome to the official website of the City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band!


This is where you’ll find all our latest news, photos and videos from our performances, so be sure to check in regularly.

You can also access some info on the band’s history and contact details by clicking on the links at the top of the page.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our performances soon!