2018 South Australian State Band Championships
Our State Championships provide a wonderful opportunity for member bands and players to perform music that will test them in a friendly competition format. It also provides a unique opportunity for audiences to hear our bands at their very best, and to see what SA banding has to offer.
This year the contest is being held in three sections on three separate days. The On-Stage Band Competition and the Solo and Ensemble Competition are proudly sponsored by Size Music.
In an exciting initiative, the Derringers Music Marching Championship is being held at the Showgrounds on the last day of the Royal Adelaide Show. We are looking forward to this year’s marching being the public spectacle it always deserves to be.
Thank you to Size Music and Derringers Music for their generous and ongoing support.
19th August (9am-5pm) - Band Championships, Brighton High, Performing Arts Centre
1st September (9am - 5pm) - Solo & Party Championships, Brighton High, Performing Arts Centre
9th September (3:30pm) - Marching Championships & Mass Band Parade, Wayville Showgrounds Main Arena
On Sunday 19th August, we will hold the stage competition in the traditional format of "Hymn, Test, Stage March". All bands, both concert & brass, will perform in the one venue and all standard percussion will be provided.
The solo and ensemble "Champion of Champions" will be held directly after the Solo & Party Championships on 1st September have been completed.
Participation in the State Marching Championships will be compulsory for brass bands competing in the (Stage) Band Championships. As per last year, arrangements can be made for bands who are unable to comply.
Band Contest Pass - $10 -- All band events on 19th August 2018
Solo & Ensemble Pass - $5 - All solo and ensemble events on 1st September 2018
Children 13 years and under and band members wearing the band uniform of participating bands will be admitted to all events free of charge.
Program - Gold coin donation to the Blue Tuba for the 2019 State Youth Brass Band Camp and Tour
SABA will be running a basic BBQ; sausages and onion on bread with the usual condiments.
Soft drinks and some lollies and chocolates will be for sale and there will be a coffee van in attendance.
No food is allowed inside the performance spaces (with the exception of bottled water).
There’s a Foodland on Brighton Road about 300m to the south and plenty of interesting options on Jetty Road Brighton.
There are two car parks on site at Brighton Secondary School.
Access to one is via Ilfracombe Ave and the other via King George Ave.
There is plenty of street parking available as well, but check the parking times on signs carefully. The local parking inspectors take their jobs very seriously indeed.
The Concert Hall is being used for performances with the Theatre behind being used for warmups.
The building is at the north east side of the school, adjacent to the tennis courts and “front” oval.
There will be plenty of signs. You shouldn’t miss it.
Note that the solos on 01/09 will be in the school’s Music Centre which is about 100m south west of the Concert Hall. Again, there will be plenty of signs.
Feel free to contact the contest convener to discuss any competition matters.
Darren McDonald [email protected]
The full entry packs and information in both Word and PDF format are available on the
SABA Forms and Rules page.
The Test Piece music selections are summarised below including relevant links to suppliers and recordings, All Concert Band music is available from www.sheetmusicplus.com at this point in time.
Set Test Piece for Open Brass and Open Concert Bands are as follows
SATURDAY 1st September - Solo and Party Events
The sections of the Solo & Party events are preliminary and will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Important Key Dates for
Forms & Entries:
Please see the 2018 State Competitions information pack for a full list of all key dates.
Secretaries & Delegates, please put these dates in your diary
Late entries/forms will not be accepted.