Meredith Music Festival – 14 December 2013

The Band made their 9th appearance at the world famous Meredith Music Festival in December 2013, and the intense media coverage leading up to our appearance had the crowd in a frenzy of anticipation as we took the stage on a mild and pleasant Saturday morning.

The irrepressible Bob Pattie took the conductor’s baton, forgoing his usual role as our solo trumpeter extraordinaire, and led the band with great gusto through a series of classics old and new.

This photo is from Aunty Meredith’s official photo stream, which is a great source of colourful snaps from the Festival:


This year’s setlist included some ripping songs from the Beatles and Queen, some old time favourites like Little Brown Jug, and even a Lady Gaga song in case anyone under 30 was listening.

This year we warmed up the stage for some great Aussie bands like Beasts of Bourbon and Spiderbait, as well as international megastars Chic, who are the undisputed kings of disco music.

Our banner-making friends from last year were there again too, and hooked us up with another great sign to adorn our band room – thanks!

The Meredith gig is always a highlight of our year, and 2013 was no exception.

Blue Lake Brass Band Festival – Mt Gambier, 16 November 2013

The band went back to Mt Gambier again in November 2013 for the famous Blue Lake Brass Band festival.

This time played a song called Wairoa in the Street March competition, and were led by Lindsay Govan, who won his second Best Drum Major award for his role in the march.

Here’s the footage of the march:

We played in the Christmas Parade after the marching contest, which is always a favourite of the locals who lined the streets for a glimpse of the bands.

We also played in the Music Contest in the afternoon and did well, taking out second place in our division and winning the award for the best stage march on the day.

Here’s our performance of the The Cream of Clapton, featuring a selection of Eric Clapton’s favourite hits arranged by Ron Sebregts:

One again we loved our trip away to this beautiful city, and we’re already looking forward to getting back to Mt Gambier next year.

VBL State Band Championships – 17 August 2013

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

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.

Here’s the audio of our band playing the song:

Written by TJ Powell

Full results for the night can be viewed here.

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!