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:

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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.