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:
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!