SABA has an active facebook page that facilitates a dialoge between bands, the associaton, memebers and friends. Over the last few years, facebook has been a vital resource for the National Band Championships and Australian state competitions as a way of communicating en masse on short notice. Many bands also have facebook pages that allow members to post photos of events, publish results and have topical conversations. 4 Bars Rest facebook page is a global discussion about brass banding, music and player requests, competition discussion and instrument sales. Concert Bands of Australia facebook group has facilitated valuable discussion on repertoire between conductors, composers and players. Whether you're an active member or just a 'lurker', It's easy to keep in the loop about common trends and band activities.
e-newsletters are a fantastic tool for communicating directly to an audience and a great way of condensing a band's activities into a short, informative publication. Three local bands that regularly post e-newsletters are K&N, Marion and Tanunda Town Band. Any interested people are welome to sign up online.
Tanunda Town Band - http://tanundatownband.com/?page_id=5
Marion City Band - http://mad.ly/signups/60527/join
K&N Brass - http://www.knband.org.au/news.html
www.brassbanned.com is rapidly becoming an integral part of the Australian Banding Scene and has streamed National and State competitions internationally to interested viewers. It is a great way that family and friends can see the result of all those times that you have said 'sorry, I have band'.
It is becoming eaiser to access information with mobile devices, increasing bandwidth and greater 4G coverage. Troglodytes and technophobes needn't worry because there's always someone close by who can keep them up to date with what is going on.
The SABA website welcomes all band news and information for publication.