Brighton is a specialist music school and has outstanding facilities. They are very keen to host our event as they see it as an excellent way to showcase their facilities and it is likely they will even participate in the competition.
Based on feedback from the SABA Delegates we are holding the stage competition and solos on separate weekends so that solo performers can properly devote time to their performances without compromising their work with their bands.
Band Championships – Sunday 19th August, Brighton Secondary School
This year the stage competition is on Sunday the 19th of August. We intend for the Concert Bands and Brass Bands to perform consecutively with Concert Bands starting on stage at 9am and performances continuing in on venue all day until the Brass Bands conclude in early evening. This arrangement will eradicate most of the scheduling problems that occurred in 2017 with many players performing with both a concert and brass band.
Solo & Party Competition – Saturday 1st September, Brighton Secondary School
The solo competition will be held on Saturday 1st September at Brighton Secondary School and will be in a very similar format to last year.
State Marching Championships – Sunday 9th September, Adelaide Showgrounds Wayville
In a major development, and again based on feedback from the Delegates which urged that the Marching Championship should be held in a public space and be a public spectacle, we are pleased to announce that the Marching championship will be held on Sunday 9th of September at the Wayville Showgrounds on the last day of the 2018 Royal Show. Very public indeed. We urge that all bands plan now to support the 2018 marching competition and help make it the spectacle that it deserves to be. Even bands who are not competing in the Band Championships are encouraged to participate. It has not yet been decided if this event will be mandatory for Brass Bands competing in the State Band Championships. We are hoping that all bands will choose to participate in any case with a focus on the Parade Of Bands.
The official “Contest Pack” is expected to go out to all bands in mid May. Please feel free to express your interest by return email at any time to assist in our planning.
Your Contest Sub Committee is comprised of the same members as in 2017 and they are looking forward to running what should be a great championship.
Contest Convener - 2018 State Band Championships
South Australian Band Association (SABA)