Concert: Sounds of Home

The Wind Band is looking forward to presenting our next concert, “Sounds of Home”! The concert will be at the Figtree Anglican Church Auditorium at 2pm on Saturday 15 October 2022.

The program includes a fantastic selection of music, featuring Australian composers and themes. We’ll also be featuring a few pieces performed by our Development Band in their first concert.

The ticket price includes afternoon tea, and there will be a great selection of raffle prizes if you want to try your luck with some raffle tickets. Concert tickets are available at the door, or online at TryBooking.

2022 NSW State Band Championship Results

For the first time since 2019, the NSW State Band Championships were held “live” at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith and our bands were well represented. It was fantastic to be back at the venue with a live audience and experience the atmosphere and camaraderie of a band competition event.

All of our competing bands performed to a very high standard and we finished with some terrific results.

The City of Wollongong Junior Brass Band won the Junior C Grade Brass category, and the City of Wollongong Brass Band came away with 2nd place in the Open C Grade Brass! The brass band won the Sacred Item and placed second in both the Test and Own Choice. Brilliant results, and a testament to the hard work of our band members and musical directors.

Our newest band, Illawarra Brass, competed in Open B Grade and produced great performances in each category. Unfortunately the B Grade competition was too strong and we weren’t able to get a place, but we’re thrilled with the standard that the band was able to achieve with limited rehearsal time.

Congratulations to everyone who participated, and we’re looking forward to competing again at Nationals in 2023!

Concert: A Festival of Film Music

We’re excited to present our second concert for 2022 as our Brass Band celebrates with A Festival of Film Music! Join us as we head off on a journey from Sherwood Forest to the high seas of the Caribbean, from galaxies far, far, away to Middle Earth, and much, much more!

The concert will be at Figtree Anglican Church Auditorium at 2pm on 21 May. The ticket price includes afternoon tea, and there will be a great selection of raffle prizes. Tickets available in the foyer on the day, or online at TryBooking.

Seniors Festival Concert 2022: Wind & Brass Returns

To kick off our concert series for 2022 the combined City of Wollongong Wind & Brass bands present a Seniors Festival event “Wind & Brass Returns”. We’re looking forward to holding our first live concert for many months and getting the bands back together after a long year of lockdowns and cancelled events. We hope you can join us for an afternoon of music and a COVID-safe afternoon tea.

The concert will be at Figtree Anglican Church Auditorium at 2pm on 26 March. The ticket price includes afternoon tea, and there will be a great selection of raffle prizes. Tickets available in the foyer on the day, or online at TryBooking.

The Bands Get Back Together

It’s been a long road through months of lockdown, but today we’re on the verge of getting the bands back together! Now that vaccination rates are high enough, we’re allowed to run small group rehearsals at the band hall and we’ll slowly get back to playing live music.

We’re in the process of planning our concert series for 2022, and we’ll be participating in the NSW State Band Championships that were postponed from 2021.

There’s plenty of work to do and we’re just getting started, so watch this space for updates over the next few months.

P.S. Once again, a big Thank You to our dedicated Musical Directors for their efforts running weekly online get togethers to keep us all in touch and thinking about music!

Concert Cancellations

Sadly, we’ve had to cancel the remaining concerts we had planned for 2021.

While there is some light at the end of the COVID-tunnel, none of our bands are currently able to rehearse face-to-face at the moment and we expect that it will be a while before enough restrictions are lifted to enable us to prepare a concert.

We’re hoping that we might be able to hold an outdoor concert before Christmas, keep your fingers (and toes!) crossed and we’ll let you know!

In the meantime, we hope everyone is doing well in these difficult times, and that we’ll get back to live music soon.

Wollongong Eisteddfod Success!

Congratulations to all of our Junior Brass members who participated in the 2021 Wollongong Eisteddfod! We had a great turn out this year with competitors in a variety of Solo, Duet/Trio, and Ensemble events, with some great results:

QuinnWind Instrument Solo (13-16yrs)Highly Commended
Jerome20th/21st Century Wind Instrument Solo (13-16yrs)3rd Place
Sara & ThomasInstrumental Ensemble Duets and Trios (Open Age)Highly Commended
Joseph, Josef, Aaron, Nick & JaxonMini Groups 3-8 Players (13 years and under)2nd Place
Junior Brass BandInstrumental Ensemble 9 or more Players (Open Age)1st Place

A special mention goes to the Junior Brass Band who won their Open Age Ensemble event, they sounded great on the night and their success was well deserved.

A big thank you also to our Junior Brass M.D. Des Cannings who organised all the entries, backing tracks, accompanists and rehearsals for the competitors.

ANZAC Day 2021

We’re very excited to be participating in ANZAC Day services in 2021! Our band members will be up bright-and-early, playing hymns and national anthems in support of ANZAC Day events at Shellharbour (Harrison Park) and Windang (Windang Bowling Club), and we’ll also be providing a small drum corps for the march in Wollongong.

We hope you can join us to commemorate this very special day.

Nationals 2021: Illawarra Brass Results

Congratulations to the Illawarra Brass Band on their Australian National Online Festival of Bands 2021 awards!

CategoryPieceAward
Major WorkSinfonietta No. 2 (Etienne Crausaz)Silver
Stage MarchKnight Templar (George Allen)Silver
Sacred ItemMomentum (Thomas Doss)Silver
Concert ItemBatman: The Movie (Danny Elfman arr. A Catherall)Silver

A big thank you to our MD Des Cannings and all the players for their hard work and commitment to the band, and great results for a new ensemble in its competition debut in Open B Grade.

Nationals 2021: Senior Wind Results

Congratulations to our Senior Wind Band on their Australian National Online Festival of Bands 2021 awards!

CategoryPieceAward
Major WorkOpen Space (Brian Balmages)Platinum
Stage MarchThe Little Ripper March (David Stanhope)Silver
Sacred ItemIn Stillness (Brian Hogg)Platinum
Concert ItemOverture de Argentina (James Ployhar)Gold

A big thank you to our MD Leanne Walton and all the players for their hard work and commitment to the band.