51st Festival of Brass 2019


The 51st Festival of Brass held on the Sunshine Coast in September exposed an exciting example of the development of brass band playing in the South East corner of Queensland. The solo competition held on the Saturday had double the number of entries from last year (89 participants) and revealed that the standard of brass playing is continuing to grow, together with the repertoire chosen and the standard of the younger competitors demonstrating their exciting potential. Participants travelled from as far away as Bundaberg the Gold Coast and central New South Wales to join those from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

The adjudicator, Dr. Cade Bonar spent 10 hours listening to a full day of competitors but, along with the many who also lasted the distance, was mesmerised by the standard of playing that was produced by nearly all who took part. The legacy of the Festival of Brass on the Sunshine Coast continues to live.  

Euphonium seems to be the instrument most featured on the day and the younger participants performing amazing technical feats for their age levels. Liam Reed (pictured) competed with euphonium in the open section and ensemble section and bass trombone in the junior section and was one of many who competed on different instruments in ensembles.  Liam, a Sunshine Coast Grammar school student and a member of the Bright as Brass(S/Coast Youth Band)was, like many others, thrilled that their serious study of their instrument for solo performances also extended to performing in the band.  Riley Mansfield, 18 years of age, was another who demonstrated great confidence where the notes that flew from his fingers on the euphonium allowed confident musical expression and musical maturity beyond his years.

In the open section the adjudicator gave the highest score he has ever recorded with 98 points to Dale Hosking (Brisbane Excelsior) (pictured)and 97.5 to Fendall Hill (South Brisbane Federal) and was overwhelmed by the level of musicianship on display in this section. Ensembles proved ambitious in instrument choice and courageous in repertoire.  A large gong in a brass quintet – who would have thought!!!!  The venue for the competition – Nambour Salvation Army’s new complex was acoustically comfortable and warmup facilities proved suitable. Big thanks to the Salvos.


 12 years and under:  Charlotte Turner  

14 years and under: Ryan Collier

16 years and under: William Lynch

18 years and under: Tate Cassells

Junior Duet:  Cassells / Lynch

Junior ensemble: Jessica, Jaxen, Jay (Chancellor State College)

Open Ballad:  Dale Hosking

Open Duet: Nelson Oakley, Danny Dielkens

Open Ensemble: Sunshine Coast Ensemble

Open Solo:  Dale Hosking

Veteran – 60 years and over: Paul Radford

The winners came from - Surfers Paradise Brass, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, S/Coast Youth Orchestra, Chancellor State College, Windsor Brass, Brisbane Excelsior. 

The following day all the bands gathered together at the revamped Caloundra RSL where each band were required to play a 30 minute entertainment program.  Costumes, props and uniforms were well represented. Bands are to be congratulated for entering into the spirit of the occasion, especially Windsor Brasswhere every member wasdressed in a superhero or similar outfit and the music they played reflected their dress.  Very impressive.  Bright as Brasswere ‘out of this world’, with a quick change of outfit for every second piece performed and featuring music from movies the classics. Music from the movie Harry Potter included a big shiny thing swinging across a darkened stage. 

 Bundaberg Bandwere more traditional while the Brisbane Brass No. 3chose to be very adventurous in costume and music.  Sunshine Brass used as its theme ’Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’. Their program included music by Henry the 8th, to the Blues to music in the Rock style. This was enough to get them over the line as winners followed by Bright as Brassand Windsor Brass.

The adjudicator Jason Redman was treated to a variety of music and imaginative themed programs. Far removed from the concert stage of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in his role as principal trombone.  It was good to see Bundaberg Brassback in the competition circle after recovering from the dreadful floods some time ago which ruined their library and band room.

There is a change of date for the 52ndFestival of Brass next year and we are reminded that it will be earlier in the year – Saturday 16th  and Sunday 17thMay 2020.  Note in your diary. Can’t wait.

Kevin Brown

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2020 NBCA Yearbook

The 2020 NBCA Yearbook is now available for you to read through with the amendments made from this years conference. 

The document can be found:

Folder Documents -> QBA Constitiution -> 2020 NBCA Yearbook


Or simply click the link here: 2020 NBCA Yearbook

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2020 Youth Band Camp


The 2020 Youth band Applications are now open!!!

Tuesday 7th January to 10th January 2020!


Submit to the QBA Secretary by: 1st September 2019

Leonie Marshall Scholarship Applications Close: 31st October 2019


QBA Member: $325pp ($50 deposit required with application)

Non QBA Member $395pp ($50 deposit required with application)


Application form (CLICK HERE)

More infromation (CLICK HERE)


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2019 Annual General Meeting


Date: 27th July 2019

Time: 12:00pm

Place: Sunnybank Community and Sports Club

Forms due by: 20th July 2019


Please find the documents requried for the 2019 Annual General Meeting for the Queensland Band Association. 








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2019 - Yamaha National Band Championships


Please click the links below for the 2019 Yamaha Australian National Band Championship Results.

Band Results: Click here 

Solo and Ensemble Results: Click Here

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Ravenshoe State School - Great Start Grant from Yamaha Australia


It is with great pleasure I formally announce the winner of the 2019 Great Start Grant is Ravenshoe State School.

Ravenshoe is a small township 2 hours south west of Cairns.

This school has all the potential in the world. They are a tight-knit community who have suffered significant struggles in the past few years. The town of about 1500 people has suffered through the hardship of a café explosion in the town killing 2 people as well as 2 student suicides last year. Being in the lowest socio-economic bands in the country, the school makes all resources stretch as far as possible, and the community cover a lot of gaps that parents can’t including a strong student welfare safety net. They have a “go getter” principal and a knowledgeable, dedicated band leader who will (in their words) reinvigorate their heartbroken town by making the school the heart on soul of the community through the schools band program and dairy farm (yes – the school has a fully functioning dairy farm).

Just because Ravenshoe has been awarded our 2019 Great Start Grant, doesn’t mean we didn’t have other deserving applicants. We received 137 applications for this year’s grant all of which need help. We are now in a unique position to put them in touch with dealers, education experts and professional development providers to help them build a culture of music in schools. This year’s grant proved to me there is a strong thirst and passion for music education, people just need help directing that energy.

Ravenshoe State School are the lucky recipients of 34 band instruments, 3 days of training with our very own Dr. Rob McWilliams and a launch concert with the very special Tim Minchin in the school for the community (12th of June).

Everything they need to get started!



Mat Regards,

Mat Taylor | Assistant Marketing Manager – B&O | Music Products Division


Level 1, 80 Market Street South Melbourne VIC 3205

P: +61 3 9693 5109

M: +61 417 361 758

E: mathew.taylor@music.yamaha.com

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8am – 4.30pm

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Roger Roache Update

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It is with much sadness that we have to pass on to fellow bandies, that Roger Roache, suffered a severe stroke on Thursday and is in palliative care.

Our thoughts and love are with him, Dorothy and his family during this time.

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Steve and Misa Mead Masterclass


Please follow the link below to book your spot:



Steve and Misa Mead Masterclass

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NZ Youth Band Australian Tour


Check out the New Zealand Youth Band "Australian Tour" coming to a location near you.  For more information visit www.brassbanz.org


NYB 2019 Tour Poster2

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2019 Yamaha Nationals Newsletter #2

Follow this link for the #2 Nationals Newsletter.

For further information please visit the 2019 Yamaha National Band Championships website via http://www.nationalbandchampionships.com.au



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2018 QLD State Band Championship Results

2018 State Championships RESULTS

A huge congratulations to all bands for their participation over the weekend.

CLICK HERE for the 2018 State Band Championship Results

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2019 Nationals - Accomodation Info

Please have a look at the link below from the Mecure Hotel. 

Click here for video link


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QSEC Cancelled (Queensland Solo & Ensemble Champs)


We regret to announce that as at 12pm last night (28 August 2018) we have insufficient entries for QSEC 2018 to proceed.  Entries numbered less than 19 Juniors (including ensembles); less than 17 Open entries (including ensembles) and only 6 events with more than 1 competitor.  These extremely low entry numbers put the integrity of a State Title at risk.

Extending the closing date is not a viable option due to the time required to collate music and organise trophies in addition to the pressure on our official accompanists.

Please contact the QBA Secretary by email, to provide your bank details for refund of entry fees.

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Newsletter #1 - 2019 Nationals


Click the link below for the first newsletter. 

Newsletter #1

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QSEC & QLD State Championships 2018


The Queensland Band Association is extremely excited to announce that the entry packages for the Queensland Solo and Ensemble Championships (QSEC) and the Queensland State Band Championships 2018 are now available via the links below.

The event will occur over the weekend starting Friday 28th September through to Sunday 30th September.   QSEC will be held at Grace Lutheran College Redcliffe on Friday 28th September followed by the Brass and Concert Band events being held at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre beginning with the Parade of Bands on Saturday morning along the esplande. 

For further information please click the links below or head to the documents page. 


Friday 28th September 2018

QSEC Entry Form - Word Document

QSEC Entry Form - PDF Document

QSEC Schedule of Events - PDF Document


Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th September 2018

QLD State Championships Entry Form - Word Document

QLD State Championships Entry Form - PDF Document

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2019 QYB Applications Open


Queensland Youth Band Camp applications are now OPEN! Click on the links below for the application forms which includes all of the information you need. 

Make sure you take a look at the Leonie Marshall scholarship application too! Everyone is welcome to apply. 

Application in pdf format CLICK HERE

Application in word format CLICK HERE

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Our Australia Concert - Toowoomba Municipal Brass Band


In their 9th year presenting this concert the Toowoomba Municipal Brass Band invites you to come along and share in a fabulous evening and afternoon of wonderful music. 

Saturday 23 June 2018 at 7:30pm

Sunday 24th June 2018 at 2:00pm

Where: USQ Arts Theatre

Tickets Information

Adults $25ea

Concessions $20ea

Students $15ea

Family $65

** For further details see the attached flyer.  CLICK HERE


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Queensland State Band Championships - Concert Band Festival

We are seeking expressions of Interest in a Concert Band Festival, as part of our State Band Championships.  The 2017 event included 2 Concert Bands, who had some very positive feedback for us.  Cap Silver Winds have offered to provide information on their experience at capsilverinc@gmail.com


The 2018 format will be:  

  • 30 minute on-stage program, which must include an Own Choice Test Piece, Sacred Item and Stage March.
  • Saturday evening (commencing 5pm) – Redcliffe Cultural Centre – 29 September 2018
  • Adjudicator – to be advised.  This appointment cannot be made until we confirm this event with at least 4 bands.


If we could have EOIs before the next QBA Meeting on 9 June 2018 please?


If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Tanya by email, or call 0409 260 563 (outside business hours, or around lunchtime)


In the lead up to Nationals 2019 – to be held at Brisbane City Hall, we are very keen to develop a Concert Band Festival as part of this event.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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2018 Annual General Meeting


It is that time of year again to announce our Annual General Meeting.  The meeting will be held on 14 July 2018 at 11am at the Sunnybank Sports and Community Club - Board Room.

We would like to invite anyone who is passionate about banding (both concert bands and brass bands alike) to join the committee to ensure a strong future for all musicians involved, simply fill in the nomination form.

We must have a quorm by the 7th July 2018 to proceed with the meeting.  In order to do so we would encourage all organisations to send a representative to the meeting.  If you are unable to attend please ensure you have a proxy to vote on your behalf. 

Click here for the NOMINATION FORM. 

Click here for the PROXY FORM

Click here for an EXCERPT OF THE BYLAWS


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Queensland Youth Band 2019 Dates

Date: 8th January to 11th January

Venue: QCCC Brookefield 

More information to be advised

Applications open 8th June

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QBA Announcements

The 2020 NBCA Yearbook is now available for you to read through with t...
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