Our sincere congratulations to you Bruce …. a very worthy recipient!
The SA Band Association would like to acknowledge and congratulate our President, Bruce Raymond (OAM) on his Award in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours for service to music and particularly brass bands. Bruce has been a driving force in SA Brass Banding for many years, as Musical Director, adjudicator, teacher, leader, mentor, musical entrepreneur, encourager and friend to many.
Our sincere congratulations to you Bruce …. a very worthy recipient!
Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 virus, many of our bands have had to postpone planned events and rehearsals for the time being. For an update on the current status of any events or rehearsals, please make direct contact with the band concerned.
Dear Band Colleagues
Peter Moore, the great young trombonist and friend to SA, was being brought to Australia by a music performance group in Melbourne and Yamaha. After giving recitals there he was coming to spend time with us and feature at our World Class Brass Concert. The Melbourne people have told Peter they are cancelling his visit because of the virus situation.
Peter, and we, are hugely disappointed that he is unable now to be with us later this month. However, we are only postponing the SABA World Class Brass concert. We hope to stage this, or a similar concert with Peter, later in the year as and when the virus emergency is over.
Thank you to all those bands and bands-people who were keen to make the concert a great event and have been rehearsing for the massed band performance at the concert. Thank you to all those who have been arranging the event and particularly all those who have been publicising it for us.
We look forward to you joining us at a Concert with Peter at some point later.
Very best wishes
President, on behalf of the SABA Executive Committee
Note: Ticket refunds can be arranged by contacting David Corkindale, the Secretary of SA Band Association by email at [email protected]
Congratulations to two of our SABA bands who were were recipients of 2020 Australia Day Awards.
Mitcham City Brass was awarded the City of Mitcham's Australia Day Community Event of the Year Award for their Mitcham Band Festival 2019 held at the Vogue Theatre.
The Glenelg Brass Band was awarded the City of Holdfast Bay Australia Day Community Event of the Year Award. The band, which turns 135 this year, has performed four free concerts a year for the past 25 years, bringing the community together and providing wonderful entertainment. They also perform annually at the Glenelg Pageant, Proclamation Day and Australia Day.
The 2019 SABA Celebration Dinner was held on Saturday night 26 October 2019.
NBCA 25 Year Service Awards were presented to Tanunda Town Band members Alicia Ludi Schutz, Steven Hall, Rodney Horskins, Mark Hall and Stuart Jones.
SABA Awards were presented to:
David Griffiths SABA Band of the Year - Campbelltown City Band
Size Music SABA Youth Band Person of the Year - Conor Roche Gawler Town Band
Ollie Clark SABA Band Person of the Year - Julie Dorey Kensington & Norwood Brass
President's SABA Music Director the Year - Andrew Newhouse West Torrens Concert Band
SABA Life Membership - Jeffrey Hale Unley Concert Band
SABA Fellowship Awards - Veronica Boulton Marion City Band and Warriparinga Brass and Oliver Clark (formerly Kensington & Norwood Brass)
We were extremely fortunate to have Timothy Frahn and Sally Rounsevell adjudicate the Champion of Champions Competition and are grateful to Size Music for their sponsorship of this event - Congratulations to all competitors. Our 2019 SABA Champion of Champions are:
Junior Brass - Jayden Doe Marion City Band and Warriparinga Brass
Open Brass - Christopher McDonald Marion City Band and Warriparinga Brass
Open Woodwind - Dominic Meehan Unley Concert Band
Thank you to everyone who contributed to making the evening a success.
A fabulous turn out to the 2019 State Band Championships today at the Vogue Theatre.
Thanks to all the bands who competed and special thanks to our Sponsors for the event, Size Music.
Also a big thanks to Tim & Veronica from BrassBanned for the live stream.
Special thanks to Tamina Judd & Jo Cross and the team from Mitcham City Band for all the front of house work.
Results - Hymn / Test / Stage March // Total
A-Grade Brass Results
1st - Tanunda Town Band
-- 45 / 90 / 44 // 179
2nd - Marion City Band
-- 46 /86 / 46 // 178
C-Grade Brass Results
1st - Mitcham City Brass
-- 37 / 83 / 40 // 160
2nd - Salisbury City Band
-- 39 / 79 / 41 // 159
3rd - Cambelltown City Band
-- 38 / 81 / 39 // 158
4th - Enfield Brass
-- 38.5 / 76 / 35 // 149.5
5th - Mt Gambier City Band
-- 35 / 75 / 37 // 147
6th -Warriparinga Brass
-- 33 / 73 / 32 // 138
A-Grade Concert Results
1st - Unley Concert Band
-- 47 / 90 / 48 // 185
B-Grade Concert Results
1st - Onkaparinga Concert Band
-- 42 / 79 / 44 // 165
C-Grade Concert Results
1st - West Torrens Concert Band
-- 40 / 72 / 42 // 154
2nd - Holdfast Bay Concert Band
-- 39 /69 /41 // 149
Join us for this wonderful concert, as we celebrate the band's 120th year.
Players past and present will perform an exciting and entertaining program of music from brass band classics through to music from stage and screen
BYO Drinks & Nibbles, Cabaret Style Seating
Tickets $25 / Conc. $20
or contact janet via [email protected] or 0412623404
Anyone with a connection to Mitcham City Brass knows just how much the Flinders Foundation, particularly their work around Kidney/Renal Research means to everyone in the band.
To further support their wonderful work, MD Steven Packer and Mitcham City Brass will present "Concert for a Cause" with the proceeds going direct to the foundation.
The Concert is on Saturday 22 September in the beautiful Vogue Theatre, 25 Belair Road, Kingswood and commences at 7.30 pm.
Mitcham City Brass is a 40-piece Community Brass Band, that regularly performs at events around Adelaide and surrounding areas.
The program will feature some of the World's Most Beautiful Melodies, and we are excited to be joined by our special guest vocalists … The Raymond Sisters, as well as our guest conductor, Bruce Raymond.
Mark this date in your diary now ….
Tickets available at www.trybooking.com or at the door
Child U/13: Free
Further details available at www.mitchamcitybrass.org or phone 0419 030 746
Details about the 2019 SABA State Youth Camp & Tour are now available.
Details here: Camp Details
Online Applications available via this LINK
Applications Close 31 October 2018
Further details can be obtained by contacting
State Youth Brass Coordinator
South Australian Band Association
Tel: 0412 866 737
The SABA is pleased to announce that this year’s State Band & Solo Championships will be held at Brighton Secondary School.
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)
Email: [email protected]
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