Congratulations to our Wind Band and musical director Leanne Walton taking out 2nd place in the Open D Concert section at the 2019 NSW State Band Championships!
It was a great result for the band, and their first time in competition. The scores were very close, the Wind Band was just 6 points (out of a possible 250 points) behind the winners, Hills Music Academy.
Congratulations to all the bands that competed on the first day, and best wishes to our Junior and Senior Brass bands and all the bands competing on day 2.
The NSW State Band Championships are just around the corner now, and everything is coming together for our bands in their final rehearsals this week. There will be bands competing all weekend on 24 and 25 August, so please come along to “The Joan” at Penrith and show your support. If you can’t make it in person, you can always catch the live stream at www.brassbanned.com (if you miss the band you’re looking for, the stream now has a 4 hour “rewind”).
This year Wollongong has 3 bands competing in 4 categories:
Open C Grade Brass
Open D Grade Brass (Junior Band)
Junior C Grade Brass
Open D Grade Concert
The full weekend timetable is available from the NSW Band Association.
On Saturday our Senior Wind band will take the stage for the first time competing in Open D grade. For many of the band members it’ll also be their first time in competition.
Sunday will be a busy day for our Junior Brass band as they compete in both the Junior C and Open D grades. Some of the juniors will also be playing with the Senior Brass band in Open C grade, and some will have already performed on Saturday in the concert band competition (if you’re keeping count, yes, that means they will have played in all the events our bands have entered, we fully expect they’ll be exhausted by the end of it!).
It’s going to be a big weekend no matter what the outcome. We’re looking forward to the challenge, and best wishes to all the bands competing this year.
We’ve had a busy couple of months recently with the East Coast Band Championships and two brass concerts in quick succession, so what’s next?
A well deserved break, perhaps?
Of course not!
For the next couple of months we’ll be gearing up for the NSW State Band Championships. This year we’ll have 3 bands competing across 4 event categories, so it’ll be a busy time for all of our players and musical directors.
We’ll post more details as the date gets closer, and in the meantime the information we know so far is on our events list.
Further out, we’ll be playing at some events in the Southern Highlands, and our end-of-year concerts will be on in October and November.
Over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend both our junior bands competed at the East Coast Band Championships as Open D Grade bands.
The kids all rose to the challenge and played extremely well in both the formal stage of the competition and the afternoon “entertainment” section.
It was a great weekend all round, and the icing on the cake was the Junior Wind Band taking out 1st place in the entertainment section! Their mini-concert of “Music for the Feet” had the audience’s toes tapping and produced smiles throughout the auditorium. They swept the audience along on a journey from the excitement of a stadium concert with Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, to a street march with “On the Mall”. Next it was the elegance of a night at the ballroom with the Shostakovich “Waltz No. 2 for Variety Orchestra”, and finally a street party with “Latin Gold”.
The junior brass kicked off their mini-concert with “Gonna Fly Now” and had the audience swaying along to “Hallelujah”, finishing up with an epic rendition of “Lord of the Rings”.
Fantastic performances all round, and a great result for a group of kids up against open graded adult bands!
Our Junior Brass & Wind Bands are preparing to head to Newcastle for the 2019 East Coast Band Championships, and the next step along the road is a fundraising concert to help with the travel and accommodation for the trip.
The bands will be performing their contest pieces at the Corrimal RSL auditorium at 2pm on Saturday 25 May.
Entry is just $5, and we’d love to have you there to hear what our up-and-coming musicians can do!
Star Wars Day is almost upon us, and to celebrate the incredible music of the film franchise a number of us will be part of a (free!) pop-up orchestra event in Wollongong Mall at 1pm on Saturday May 4.
Illawarra On Pointe Productions is organising the event, and you can find more details on their website.
Whether you love Star Wars, music, or both together, stop by the Crown St Mall Stage on Saturday and enjoy the talent of Wollongong’s musicians.