It’s been another fun and exciting year for the band so far.
The Band has had the privilege of playing at the Avenue of Honour reopening ceremony, the 100 year ANZAC Day commemoration, and at Heritage Weekend on a cold, wet weekend in April.
We also debuted our stylish new uniforms this year, which have been turning heads wherever we play. You can see them in the Heritage Weekend photos below:
The Band on the balcony
Mark leading the way
Bob blasting out a solo
We then turned our attention to the VBL State Championships at South Street, and many weeks of intense rehearsals led to a really strong performance this year. We were just pipped at the post by the outstanding Western Brass, but went home happy that we had done our best.
In the week before South Street, ABC Ballarat did a really lovely profile of the Band, including an interview with the Music Director and a recording of us practicing, which you can find here.
With the rigours of contesting behind us for now, we now turn our attention to a series of community events in the second half of the year. While we love the challenge of a contest, it’s getting out and playing for the people of Ballarat that we enjoy the most!
Check our calendar page for rehearsal times and details of upcoming events.
We’re also really looking forward to getting back into our band room once the renovations are finished. Watch this space for further details.
After an absence of several years, the Ballarat Brass Band made a return to the historic Royal South Street competition this year, competing in the VBL State Band Championships on 17 August.
There were seven bands in our division coming from all across Victoria to compete.
Our band put in many hours of practice leading up to the competition. At one of our practice sessions we had the privilege of being conducted by the Graham Lloyd, who is a well known conductor and composer who wrote the test piece we played on the night, Prelude For A Festival.
We put in a really solid performance and were lucky enough to be judged the best band on the night. There were so many great performances on the night that it was a real honour to take out top spot.
Here’s a photo of our proud MD Mark Smith with the trophy we won at the contest.
Mark with the trophy
Our highest rated piece for the night was our march, Castell Coch, which scored a 45 out of 50 from the adjudicator.
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
Sarah-Joy and Rowena
Quade with his game face on
Karen (with a cornet!) and Trevor
And here’s the audio from the performance of the Band performing our signature march: