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2022 State Band Championships - Adjudicators

 Date Posted: Sat, 27 Aug 2022
The South Australian Band Association is pleased to announce the Adjudicators for the 2022 State Band Championships, which will be held in Tanunda this Sunday.
We look forward to a wonderful day with great music and great comradery.

Brass Band Adjudicator
Ian Denbigh
Ian is a 4th generation trombone player that grew up in a brass band family. His father, David was a driving force behind the evolution of the Elizabeth Brass Band in the late 1970's where Ian began playing under British Banding legend, Bernard Bygrave.

When Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) principal trumpet, Glenn Madden became musical director of the Band he encouraged Ian to take lessons from newly appointed principal trombone, Howard Parkinson.

In 1982 Ian began studying at the South Australian College of Advanced Education under Robert Hower & in 1984 was selected as Principal Trombone on the Australian Youth Orchestra's inaugural European tour. During this period, Ian worked regularly as a casual with the ASO & was principal trombone with the State Opera orchestra.

In 1985 Ian won the position of second trombone with State Orchestra of Victoria in which he performed Operas & Ballets all over Australia. In 1987 Ian won his present position as second trombone with the ASO where he has performed not only trombone, but Euphonium and Bass trumpet.

In his years in Adelaide, Ian has taught trombone & euphonium at the Adelaide University & at many independent schools.

Ian still retains the love of Brass Bands that was 1st ignited sitting next to the great Harry Mortimer as an 11 year old at the Belle Vue championship listening to 26 bands play Gilbert Vinter's "James Cook, circumnavigator"! He feels privileged to be asked to listen to all  the bands today!
Concert Band Adjudicator
Dr Richard Mason
Dr Richard Mason is an accomplished and versatile artist who has performed professionally throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom.
This experience encompasses orchestral and chamber music; Australian Defence Force bands; recording for radio, television and films; and performances in major international festivals. Richard has premiered numerous works by some of Australia’s leading composers. In 2016, Richard joined the Australian Regular Army after a period in the part-time forces and is currently the Music Director and Second-in-Command of the Australian Army Band-Adelaide.
 Richard is highly committed to educating and developing musicians and has spent over two decades concurrently teaching in the Australian tertiary and secondary education sectors. These roles have included positions at the University of Melbourne, the Victorian College of the Arts, Xavier College, and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

Richard’s qualifications include; a Master’s Degree in clarinet and bass clarinet from the Victorian College of the Arts; a PhD, and postgraduate qualifications from the University of Melbourne; and study in Amsterdam funded by the Erasmus Foundation.

Passing of Gordon Kramm

 Date Posted: Tue, 31 May 2022
The South Australian Band Association is saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend and colleague Gordon Stanley Kramm who passed away yesterday (Monday 30 May).
Our deepest sympathies to Gordon's son David Kramm, his family, friends and the wider band community.
Gordon was 93 years old and spent 87 of those years playing in bands and was awarded the SABA Fellowship award in 2016.
He was an outstanding cornet player, a true gentleman & a massive contributor to South Australian banding His support for young musicians was highly valued & appreciated. Gordon will be missed by so many of us within the SA banding community.
Rest in peace dear friend.
To read more about Gordon's enormous contribution to banding in South Australia for a staggering 80+ years, please visit Bonded By Brass tribute to Gordon.

Passing of Jim Dempsey

 Date Posted: Mon, 9 May 2022
On behalf of the banding movement of South Australia it is with great sadness that I advise that our great friend James Dempsey passed away suddenly on Sunday night.  “Jim” has been a stalwart of the brass band movement in South Australia since moving from Queensland some 40 years ago. 
He was a valued member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, recently retiring. 
Jim was recently presented with the South Australian Band Association’s most prestigious Fellowship Award for Outstanding Service to the band movement.
He was a brilliant musician, trumpet player, conductor and teacher and has left a great legacy of dedication and commitment to brass playing. 
As a Scotsman of course he had a brilliant sense of humour and together with his musical ability he will be greatly missed in many a band room around Australia.
Read more about Jim and his involvement in the SA Banding movement in Bonded By Brass - Jim Dempsey

Vale Jim – we’ll miss you mate.  Rest in peace dear friend.
Bruce Raymond OAM
President South Australian Band Association

2022 South Australian Band Championships

 Date Posted: Sun, 13 Mar 2022
The South Australian Band Championships will be held on Sunday 28 August 2022 in the beautiful historic Barossa township of Tanunda. Details on the venue, schedule and adjudicators will be released as information is confirmed. Please keep this date in your diaries as this will be an exciting return to contesting for our South Australian bands and we hope to make this a great event for all bands! 

The Music Advisory Board will be deciding shortly the music selections for the event, particularly whether there will be a test piece or an own choice major work and the other required pieces for the contest. 

Passing of Ron Arthur

 Date Posted: Sat, 4 Sep 2021
The Banding Community of South Australia mourns the loss of a true legend.
Ron Arthur dedicated his life to the Brass Band movement; no one has given more to the movement.
His work developing young Brass players and creating in them a love of Brass Band music will never be forgotten.
On behalf of all South Australians, thankyou Ron for the outstanding contribution you have made to music in our State. 
Read more about the many years of service Ron provided to the banding community in
 Bonded By Brass - Ron Arthur.
Bruce Raymond OAM
South Australian Band Association

Massed Band for National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant​ - Sat 13th November 2021

 Date Posted: Sat, 4 Sep 2021
Massed Band for National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant
​Saturday 13th November 2021

Once again there is an opportunity for a Massed Band to perform at the Adelaide Oval for a “Tribute to Covid Front Liners”
This Tribute WILL be televised as part of the Pageant live performance.
It will involve the massed Band marching onto the Adelaide Oval and forming up as per last year then playing the Tribute. (Music will be sent out)

Information is being sent to SABA Bands and Drum Majors and if you would like to perform, please inform your Band so that that information can be sent through to Jeff Hale.

See https://christmaspageant.com.au/  for more details on the 2021 Pageant.
Jeff Hale email:  jhale101@hotmail.com 0427 874 445
Massed Band Co-ordinator and on behalf of the South Australian Band Association

COVID19 - Update 4 Aug 2021

 Date Posted: Thu, 5 Aug 2021
The President has very recently received direct advice from the SA Health’s Compliance team to say that community bands may rehearse as long as:
  • There is no more than 1 person per 4 square metres
  • Masks are worn at all times by those in the room, including the conductor
  • Players only remove their mask when they need to in order to play their instrument
  • Venues are limited overall to 50% of the spaces capacity
All the other, usual requirements for being Covid-Safe still apply like checking-in, disinfecting surfaces and having a Covid Safe Marshall   will continue to apply.
It is hoped that on Thursday the restrictions may be eased to 1 person per 2 square metres.

Press Release

 Date Posted: Mon, 1 Mar 2021
Community Bands on Show
Presented by the South Australian Band Association
“Our South Australian Bands have been unable to rehearse or perform during the past 12 months due to the Covid19 pandemic” said Bruce Raymond OAM President of the SA Band Association “We are now back in force with a presentation that will excite anyone who enjoys band music”
Eight of South Australia's finest community brass and concert bands will perform in the magnificent Elder Hall, University of South Australia this coming Saturday afternoon.
The following Bands will be performing between 1pm and 6pm.
Enfield Brass, Hahndorf Town Band, Mitcham City Brass, Marion City Band, Campbelltown City Band, Tanunda Town Band, Onkaparinga City Concert Band and City of Holdfast Bay Concert Band.
Tickets are just $10 at the door or online https//elderhallbands.eventbrite.com.au  
For further information Contact Bruce Raymond OAM
Tel. 0407 477 768
Email: bruceraymond46@gmail.com 

Annual General Meeting - SA Band Association 2020

 Date Posted: Sun, 18 Oct 2020
The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the SA Band Association will be held on Sunday 25 October at 3 p.m.
It will be held online via Zoom

Please contact your band secretary for the Zoom link to attend the meeting.
The Agenda for the meeting is available here

The following positions are Vacant and Nominations are called for:
  • Secretary (3 year term)
  • Vice President (2 year term)
  • Treasurer (3 year term)
  • General Committee (2 year term)
If you would like to nominate for any of these positions, please complete the Nomination Form and return to secretary@sabandassociation.org

Music with the Master and Brilliant Brass

 Date Posted: Wed, 30 Sep 2020
Join Australian music legend James Morrison with William Morrison, Bruce Raymond and Brilliant Brass preceded by the talent of the Trinity Senior Concert Band.
Sunday 18 October, 3.00pm - 5.00pm at the Hewitson Theatre, STARplex, Gawler
Tickets: $25 adults, $10 student

Extremely limited release of tickets, secure yours today so you don’t miss out!
Secure your tickets here
For information on Brilliant Brass see:  www.BrilliantBrass.org

2020 Queen's Birthday Honours to Bruce Raymond

 Date Posted: Mon, 8 Jun 2020
​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!

Update on band events & rehearsals

 Date Posted: Sun, 22 Mar 2020

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.

POSTPONED - World Class Brass with Peter Moore

 Date Posted: Mon, 16 Mar 2020
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
Bruce Raymond
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 secretary@sabandassociation.org

Australia Day Award Winners

 Date Posted: Mon, 27 Jan 2020
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.

2019 SABA Celebration Dinner

 Date Posted: Sun, 3 Nov 2019
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.

SABA 2019 State Band Championships

 Date Posted: Sat, 27 Jul 2019
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

K&N Celebrates 120yrs

 Date Posted: Thu, 4 Oct 2018
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 events@knband.org.au or 0412623404

Concert For A Cause

 Date Posted: Fri, 24 Aug 2018
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
Adults: $25.00
Concession: $20.00
Students: $5.00
Child U/13: Free
Further details available at www.mitchamcitybrass.org or phone 0419 030 746

State Youth Brass 2019 Camp & Tour Details

 Date Posted: Wed, 8 Aug 2018
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
Veronica Boulton
State Youth Brass Coordinator
South Australian Band Association
Tel: 0412 866 737

2018 SABA State Championships

 Date Posted: Thu, 8 Mar 2018
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.

Darren McDonald
Contest Convener - 2018 State Band Championships
South Australian Band Association (SABA)
Email: contests@sabandassociation.org

2019 State Youth Band Camp

 Date Posted: Mon, 26 Feb 2018

Save the dates folks - State Youth Brass 2019 will be 15 - 20 January

2018 State Youth Band Camp & Tour

 Date Posted: Wed, 9 Aug 2017
​Following on from three successful tours, the Riverland in 2015, Yorke
Peninsula in 2016 and this year’s tour of the Limestone Coast, the 2018
State Youth Brass Tour will be heading to Clare Valley for what promises to
be the best tour yet! We are staying at Bungaree Station where we will
rehearse for three days followed by three days of concerts at different
venues including Sevenhill Cellars, Mintaro Maze, Martindale Hall and St
Michael’s Church. Our final concert will be back at Bungaree Station.

We will be ’camping’ in the Shearers Quarters, so bring your swags or a
sleeping bag and camp bed! We will have some down time during each day so you can relax and catch up with old friends and make new ones and there is a pool at Bungaree so bring your swimmers.

Application Form:  https://goo.gl/forms/LqtwO8P7rHC6WvF12

For more information contact Veronica Boulton on 0412 866 737 or

​You will need to bring a packed lunch on Day 1 but all other meals will be catered. Getting to Clare Valley is your responsibility and it is possible to car-pool so please let us know if you would like help with transport. Once there we will be travelling by coach to the concert venues.

To be eligible you will need to be 24 years or under on the first day of camp which is 16th January 2018. The minimum playing standard will need to be approximately Grade Four (AMEB, ANZCA, TRINITY etc.) but you don’t
need to have actually done an exam, you just need a teacher or your conductor to verify your playing standard. Applicants are also encouraged to indicate any conducting experience for consideration as co-conductors.

Brass band instrumentation is preferred, however all brass will be accepted.
French horns will be required to transpose from E-flat. Trombones, tubas, euphoniums and baritones will be reading treble clef. Percussionists should be able to read music.

Supervisory staff all have the relevant Working with Children and First Aid as required for teaching in South Australia.

The aim is to keep the cost as low as possible so fundraising and sponsorship is still being sought. A deposit of $50 will be invoiced on acceptance of your application. The camp, tour and shirt will be a maximum of $250 per person (to be confirmed).

Mitcham Band Festival

 Date Posted: Fri, 2 Jun 2017
Mitcham’s former Vogue Theatre will come alive with the ‘sounds of music’ on Saturday 24 June 2017 where fourteen of Adelaide’s finest community Brass and Concert Bands will take to the stage in an epic musical extravaganza! 

The Festival is a fun opportunity for each of the bands to showcase their favourite arrangements in a 45 minute program without the confines of traditional competition rules, however each band has been requested to include a Hymn and a March in their repertoire.

After performing in numerous festivals over the years at country venues, Mitcham City Brass is excited to bring the Festival concept to the City, and is already planning for this to become an annual event.

Entertainment commences at 9:00 am (doors open at 8:30 am) and continues until approximately 10:00 pm, and patrons are invited to join us for all or any part of the day.  
Participating Bands include: Burnside Youth Concert Band; Campbelltown City Band; City Of Adelaide Concert Band; Enfield Brass; Glenelg Brass Band; Henley and Grange West Torrens Concert Band; Holdfast Bay Concert Band; Para Hills Brass Band; Payneham City Concert Band; Salisbury City Band; Second Wind Ensemble; Unley Concert Band, Warriparinga Brass and of course the host band, Mitcham City Brass.
Admission: Adults $15:00; Students 18 & Under $10:00; Children u/13 free.  Tickets are available at the door or via pre-purchase at www.trybooking.com .  Full catering, snacks and refreshments will be available throughout the day on site.

This event is proudly sponsored by Presto Music Repairs and Goldsborough Financial Services, and supported by Adelaide Revival Fellowship.

Full details are available www.mitchambandfestival.com.au or phone 0419 030 746.

APRA AMCOS - Licensing for Bruce Rowland works

 Date Posted: Thu, 26 Jan 2017
APRA AMCOS advising that Musical Works by Bruce Rowland are no longer covered under APRA AMCOS licensing effective 1 January 2017

K&N - The Spirit Of Christmas

 Date Posted: Sat, 22 Oct 2016
Come and join K&N Brass at the St Peters Town Hall Complex - 101 Payneham Rd, Payneham and enjoyan afternoon of music to celebrate the season of giving.

An Afternoon Of Music

 Date Posted: Tue, 11 Oct 2016
Sunday 13th November - 1pm
​An Afternoon of music presented by Para Hill Brass Band, Campbelltown City Band & St John Brass Band 

Adelaide University: Offers for Brass Band Instrumentalists

 Date Posted: Tue, 9 Aug 2016
The Elder Conservatorium of Music is now offering placements for all Brass Band Instruments in its Classical Performance course. The Bachelor of Music is a full-time three year degree. Classical Performance is one of the specialisations available within the Bachelor of Music. The Bachelor of Music provides intensive professional training. It seeks to provide a challenging and stimulating learning environment in which all students may achieve their full potential in their chosen specialisation. It aims to develop educated, flexible and imaginative graduates who possess the knowledge and skills required to function effectively in a wide range of contexts. Successful applicants will receive one to one instrumental tuition from specialist Conservatorium staff. Students take part in large and small ensemble activities. As well as core studies in theory and history, there are a number of electives that can be taken.

Of special interest to brass band instrumentalists, is a course directly related to brass band conducting, score reading and interpretation.

For further enquiries please contact Mr Howard Parkinson (Head of Brass Studies) at howard.parkinson@adelaide.edu.au Further information may be found on the Adelaide University Website.

Unley Concert Band - Songs Of Joy

 Date Posted: Mon, 1 Aug 2016
Unley Concert Band will be performing an uplifting concert of hope and joy as a Daffodil Day fundraiser in which 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Council.

When: Saturday 13 August at 7pm
Where: Concordia College Chapel, 45 Cheltenham Street, Highgate
How much: $20 Adults, $15 Concession (tickets can be pre-purchased at songsofjoy.eventbrite.com.au)

There will be a tribute during the evening to those loved ones who have beaten or are currently battling cancer. To add a loved ones' name to the tribute list, please visit http://goo.gl/forms/mY2euafHlM

Strathalbyn Band Festival

 Date Posted: Tue, 12 Jul 2016
2 days of top entertainment from 18 of SA's best Brass Bands, Concert Bands, Community & Jazz groups
Aug 7th & 14th 11am-5pm

Hahndorf Musikfest 2016

 Date Posted: Tue, 24 May 2016

Enfield Brass on Shuffle

 Date Posted: Tue, 24 May 2016

10th Annual Hahndorf Band Festival

 Date Posted: Mon, 2 May 2016

Attention all bands!
 This is a reminder about the 10th Hahndorf Band Festival this coming Saturday, 7th May 2016.  
You are invited to ‘head for the hills’ this next weekend and support the seven (7) participating bands in what should be a great day of musical entertainment in Hahndorf’s main street ‘Pioneer Park’. It should be a great place where people can enjoy the outdoors while listening to music, eat food and enjoy the ambience of Hahndorf. Hahndorf Town Band opens the program at 11.00am, with the last band closing at about 4.00pm!
 Entrance is free, but you are encouraged to buy a program, make a donation, or grab some food from the stall, set up on the lawns and soak up the musical talent on show!
This is Hahndorf Town Band’s 90th birthday year, so come and enjoy at the festival with us, even if your band is not directly participating! 

Warm regards to you all, from Hahndorf!!!

K&N - Carnival Cabaret Concert

 Date Posted: Mon, 2 May 2016
An entertaining program of celebration and fun proudly presented by K&N Brass
Musical Director - Stephen Boyle 

BYO basket supper and drinks.  Beer and wine available for purchase at the bar.
Date:  Saturday 18th June 7:30pm
Tickets: $25/$20 - Tables of 8 $160
All seating is cabaret style.
So bring your supper and drinks along and enjoy the evening's entertainment

Tickets available online at TryBooking or by contacting Janet Carey

VenueBurnside Ballroom
401 Greenhill Road
Tusmore, SA 5065

Contact Details:Janet Carey Email: events@knband.org.au Ph: 0412 623 404

Gawler 2016 handover to Tasmania...

 Date Posted: Sun, 17 Apr 2016
SABA would like to extend a big thanks to all those involved in making the Gawler 2016 Yamaha National Band Championships such a successful event. The reason for the success is due to the hundreds of hours put in by volunteers to the association, the bands and Trinity College Gawler. The picture here shows the passing of the NBCA Flag from SABA to Tasmania for 2017. For a full list of results see the results page and download the PDF.

“Please pass on our congratulations to everyone at the SABA exec for having organized and held a very successful and enjoyable Competition over the Easter weekend”. Salisbury City Band
“The location at Trinity was spectacular, with all three venues acoustically excellent, the music crisp and accurate. This was a world class occasion and we had a great time”. Barry O'Brien [general public]
“...thanks again for a well run and smooth competition”. Cathy Moran [Sutherland PCYC quintet]
“A big thank you to yourself and your committee, your incredible work made the weekend a huge success”.
Susan Wright, Administrator, Boroondara Brass

K&N Brass - Positions Vacant

 Date Posted: Fri, 8 Apr 2016
Due to retirement and relocation, Kensington & Norwood Brass has immediate vacancies for Front-row (Solo) Cornets and Basses

Please feel free to come along for a blow and see how much you enjoy playing in an A-grade brass band!
​All players welcome.

Rehearsals are Thursday evening, 7:45-10:15pm at 31 Beulah Road, Norwood 5067;
For further information please contact (in confidence) our Secretary, Sean Venning: secretary@knband.org.au

Whyalla Community Brass - ANZAC Day Assistance

 Date Posted: Wed, 6 Apr 2016
On this special time of ANZAC commemoration & remembrance, Whyalla Community Brass is asking for help from SA band members who may be able to assist our small band out on ANZAC Day, for services on the 25th of April. As you may know, there is a sense of gloom & uncertainty over our community. If you can help play for the service hymns, it would mean so much. We are willing to help with the costs of getting you here & also accommodation - if required.

There is no marching involved, & we play for the Dawn Service/main service hymns. Our lead trumpet player plays the Last Post etc. 

We could use either 1st or 2nd cornet players/trumpet players, Tenor Horns, or Bass/Tuba.

Please contact Band Secretary: 
Reg Warnes, on 0401-991-090. 

Thanking you.

Salisbury Slow Melody Competition 2016!

 Date Posted: Wed, 6 Apr 2016
Dust off your favorite slow melodies, ballads and arias because it's time once again to get up early on SUNDAY 1st MAY 2016 and drive to Salisbury to compete in the Salisbury Slow Melody Competition. There are sections for players young and old, experienced and novice, veteran and young at heart. Details and entry forms can be found on the SALISBURY SLOW MELODY 2016 Page.

A Night of Music - Maranaga Brass Band

 Date Posted: Mon, 21 Mar 2016

Hahndorf Hymns and Classics

 Date Posted: Sat, 5 Mar 2016

Pre-Nationals Concert

 Date Posted: Mon, 22 Feb 2016
Three of South Australia's premier community ensembles have teamed up to show off their individual competition repertoires in preparation for the National Band Championships.
Featuring Kensington and Norwood Brass, Payneham City Concert Band, and Unley Concert Band, each of the three ensembles will preview the pieces they are each set to perform at the competitions in Gawler over the Easter Long Weekend in this Pre-Nationals concert, which is sure to impress.
So whether you can't make it to Gawler over Easter, or if you just want a double-dose of all three bands, make sure you don't miss this 3-in-1 presentation!

K&N Brass - 2016 Fringe Concert "Absolute Brass On Tour"

 Date Posted: Mon, 18 Jan 2016
Grab your passports as K&N Brass takes you through a musical tour of Europe.

Picture yourself at the opera in Italy, bullfighting in Spain and enjoying the atmosphere of a traditional German festival.

Our entertaining tour guide will ensure you don't miss any of the sights and our soloists are sure to be a highlight.
With 10 countries in 100 minutes this is a show definitely not to be missed.

Book now and come join us in the air conditioning comfort of the Osmond Terrace Function Centre on The Parade Norwood. Bar facilities and light snacks available.

Dates: Thurs, 18th Feb 7:30pm
            Sun 21st Feb 2:30pm
Adult: $30.00, Concession: $23.00,
Family: $53.00 (Chidren under 12 Free)

Contact Janet: events@knband.org.au or 0412 623 404
Or book your tickets via FringeTix - search "Absolute Brass"

SABA State Youth Brass 2016 Tour Concert Dates

 Date Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 2016

Sad passing of Frank Zanol - Mt Gambier City Band

 Date Posted: Tue, 1 Dec 2015
​The Band received the sad news today of the death of Frank Zanol. He passed away at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon at Mount Gambier Hospital. For those who might not have personally known Frank, he was a Life Member of the Band and kept in touch with current activities, having last attended a band function at the Hall 50th Anniversary Concert  in August. The Band will be in touch with Jean and we'll advise Band Members and Friends on any role the Band might have in funeral arrangements.

A Lazy Afternoon Concert - Onkaparinga City Concert Band

 Date Posted: Wed, 4 Nov 2015

Brass in the Park - K&N Brass

 Date Posted: Sun, 1 Nov 2015

Limestone Coast Tattoo - Mount Gambier City Band

 Date Posted: Tue, 27 Oct 2015
Featuring local people of all ages and backgrounds who volunteer countless hours of dedicated practice so others may enjoy some local entertainment, the fifth Limestone Coast Tattoo has it all. All proceeds benefit locals through our local Community Foundation, Stand Like Stone.
Tickets available at your local Chapman's Newsagency in Mount Gambier. 

Monsters and Magic - Unley Concert Band

 Date Posted: Tue, 20 Oct 2015
Unley Concert Band are presenting a cabaret celebrating music from all of your favourite monster flicks, magical movies and other spooky compositions! Aliens, monsters, witches, zombies....we have it all! Let UCB take you on a journey to Isla Nublar, Hogwarts and Middle Earth, with a stopover in Las Vegas, visiting many other places along the way! 

Friday 30th October 2015 at 7:30pm
Goodwood Community Centre, 32-34 Rosa Street, Goodwood

Musically directed by Dr Stephen Boyle. 

Costumes are encouraged! Prizes to be won! 

Wanna save $$$ on your tickets? Then book online at unleyconcert.eventbrite.com.au for a $5 saving on tickets (Adults $20, Children $10, Tables of 10 $180)
Limited tickets will be available at the door for $25 Adults, $15 Children but book early to avoid disappointment! 

Reflections - Payneham City Concert Band

 Date Posted: Tue, 15 Sep 2015

Bandology - Marion City Band

 Date Posted: Tue, 15 Sep 2015

The Planets Suite - K&N

 Date Posted: Tue, 8 Sep 2015
The Planets Suite
Sunday Sept 27, 2pm

Kensington & Norwood Brass presents 
Gustav Holst's - The Planets Suite
Come listen to the 
The Australian Premiere of the complete Planets Suite
Arranged for Brass Band, Choir and Harp by Stephen Roberts
Performed by Kensington & Norwood Brass directed by Alwin Kidney

Venue: Elder Hall
University of Adelaide, North Tce Adelaide

Tickets: $20 / $15 (conc)

Tickets available online through TryBooking 
Phone: 0412 623 404 or Email Janet


Player Vacancy - Bass Trombone

 Date Posted: Sun, 30 Aug 2015
Vacancy - Bass Trombone

Marion City Band has a vacancy for a bass trombone. We're a lively and enthusiastic B Grade band who are dedicated to creating awesome music! We're looking for a bass trombone player who's up for lots of fun as well as working hard as a member of our team. A big faaaaaat bass trom sound essential! If you are interested please contact Veronica on 0412866737 or veronica.boulton@gmail.com

SABA States 2015 Results Day One

 Date Posted: Sat, 29 Aug 2015

Here are the results from today's proceedings at the SABA State Championships 2015, Sunday 29th August at Trinity College Gawler.

John Foster - Marion City Band - 81
Veronica Boulton - Warriparinga Brass - 82
Helen Ollerenshaw - Marion City Band - 83
Anthony Rogers - Unley Concert Band - 80
Sarah Butler - Unley Concert Band - 79
Andrew Edgeworth - Unley Concert Band - 77
John Foster - Onkaparinga CB - 89
Stuart Jones - Tanunda Town Band - 91
Kayla Samson - Marion City Band - 87
Imogen Behan - Marion City Band - 80
David Khafagi - K&N - 86
Mark Smith - K&N - 84
Sam Woods (Trombone) - St John Ambulance Band SA - 85
Ciaran Woods (Bb Cornet) St John Ambulance Band SA- 76
Carolyn Gilham - K&N - 83
Kayla Samson - Marion City Band - 88
Anthony Rogers - K&N - 89
Carolyn Gilham - K&N - 94
Daisy Davidson (T.Sax) - Port Augusta - 90
Amy Langdon (Flute) - Port Augusta - 89
Ellen Macumba (Flute) - Port Augusta - 90
Blaise Ballard (clarinet) - Port Augusta - 94
Grace Wallace-Beach (flute) - Port Augusta - 93
Lucy Giles (flute) - Port Augusta - 90
Peter Wallace-Beach (clarinet) - Port Augusta - 91
Ethan Schembri - Warriparinga - 90
Christopher McDonald - Warriparinga - 95
Salisbury City Band No. 1 - 95
Salisbury City Band No. 2 - 90
Kayla Samson & Imogen Behan - Marion City Band - 94

C GRADE CONCERT (Sacred, Own Choice, March, Total)
Playford City Concert Band - 40, 87, 41, 168
Holdfast Bay Concert Band - 41, 91, 42, 174

B GRADE CONCERT (Sacred, Own Choice, March, Total)
Onkaparinga City Concert Band - 40, 92, 44, 176
Trinity College Senior Band - 42, 88, 45, 175

A GRADE CONCERT (Sacred, Own Choice, March, Total)
Unley Concert Band - 44, 93, 45, 182

SABA States 2015 Results Day Two

 Date Posted: Sat, 29 Aug 2015
Madeline Sheridan, Lisa Noye, Gareth Budd, Rachael Cursaro - Playford CIty - 89
Stephen Heuzenroeder - Unley Concert Band - 91
Sarah Byron - Unley Concert Band - 95
Kate Flint - Unley Concert Band - 95
Nicole Molloy - Unley Concert Band - 94

Lucy Giles - Port Augusta - 94
Grace Wallace-Beach - Port Augusta - 95
Amy Langdon - Port Augusta - 91
Ellen Macumba - Port Augusta - 91
Peter Wallace-Beach - Port Augusta - 93

Blaise Ballard - Port Augusta - 92
Natalie Hunt - Port Augusta - 96

Daisy Davidson - Port Augusta - 92

Amy Langdon and Lucy Giles - Port Augusta - 92
Port Augusta - 94

Lucy Giles - Port Augusta - 94
Jade McEvoy - Unley Concert Band - 98
Jade McEvoy & Danielle Pedler - Unley Concert Band - 98
Terry and Kathy Bickley - Onkaparinga CB - 99
Rhiannon, Kate and Angelo - Unley Concert Band - 94
Sax Quartet - Unley Concert Band - 95
Port Augusta - 82

OPEN D CONCERT BAND (Sacred, Own Choice, March, Total)
Port Augusta - 39, 79, 39, 157
Scotch College - 38, 80, 37, 155

OPEN D BRASS BAND (Sacred, Own Choice, March, Total)
Warriparinga Brass - 40, 80, 39, 159
Campbelltown City Brass - 38, 78, 37, 153

OPEN C BRASS BAND (Sacred, Own Choice, March, Total)
Mitcham City Brass - 41, 84, 41, 166
Enfield Brass - 44, 85, 43, 172
Salisbury City Band - 40, 80, 42, 162
Hahndorf Town Band - 40, 81, 40, 161

OPEN A BRASS BAND (Sacred, Own Choice, March, Total)
Marion City Band - 47, 90, 45, 182
K&N - 46, 91, 47, 184

SA State Youth Brass 2016 - Yorke Peninsula

 Date Posted: Tue, 18 Aug 2015
Following the success of the 2015 SASYB Camp and Tour the South Australian State Youth Brass Summer Camp and Tour is on again and will take place on the 11th - 16th January 2016. Brass and Percussion players 24 years and under are encouraged to apply for this opportunity to travel through across the Yorke Peninsula, based in Port Vincent.

Under the skillful guidance of former ASO Trumpet, Jim Dempsey and Internationally renowned Trombonist, Conductor and Composer, Bill Broughton, the 2016 SASYB Camp and Tour will storm the Yorke Peninsula with a series of concerts to delight all (with the Blue Tuba).

Keep your eyes peeled and your loose change ready for the Blue Tuba at the SA State Band Champs!

For more information please visit the SABA website. To apply online click here to view the online application form or contact Veronica on 0412 866 737 or sayouthbrass@sabandassociation.org

Folk Songs and Dances - Unley Concert Band

 Date Posted: Thu, 23 Jul 2015
Wondering what to do tonight? Come join Unley Concert Band from 7pm at the Fullarton Park Community Banquet Hall for an evening of Folk Songs and Dances. See poster below for details.

Aub's last hurrah at Para Hills Band

 Date Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2015
After 26 years of dedicated service, conducting Para Hills Band, Aubrey Gannon is retiring. Para Hills band welcome you to join them for Party/Concert to celebrate at Para Hills Bowling Club, Bridge Road, Para Hills on Sunday 26th July 2015. Doors open at 12noon to hear Para Hills Band and other various acts. Food and bar facilities are available and all are welcome. For more details contact Pat Talbot 8258 1475.

SA Community Music Festival

 Date Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2015
Every known Band, Choir & Orchestra in SA was asked to participate in this initiative to raise the profile of Community Music Groups using varied, low cost, quality performances and widespread co-operative publicity by all members of these Groups. The response from Bands, Choirs and Orchestras has been fantastic and every show should please audiences.

The 2015 Festival venue is the Cumberland Park Community Centre at 390 Goodwood Road, Cumberland Park, 200 metres south of BIGW, fairly centrally located, local parking, fully air-conditioned & easy bus access G10/G20 Stop 10.

For more details on the music groups performing on the day http://www.sacomment.com/cpcc.htm


 Date Posted: Thu, 16 Jul 2015
20 Bands over 2 days will once again come together to perform as part of the annual Strathalbyn Band Festival. Strathalbyn Town Hall will be filled with a variety of different South Australian Bands from 11am-4pm on Sunday August 2nd and Sunday August 9th 2015. Tickets can be purchased at the door at a reasonable cost of $10 adult / $8 student / U12 free. Passouts and light refreshments available.

K&N Brass Band
11.30am Second Wind Ensemble
12.00pm Murray Bridge Community Band
12.30pm Tea Tree Gully Concert Band
1.00pm Strath Swing
2.00pm Campbelltown City Band
2.30pm Dawn To Dusk Concert Band
3.00pm Holdfast Bay Concert Band
3.30pm Mt Barker Big Band
4.00pm Strathalbyn & District Concert Band

11.00am Payneham City Concert Band
11.30am Unley Concert Band
12.00pm Mt Barker Concert Band
12.30pm Glenelg Brass
1.00pm Henley & Grange Concert Band
2.00pm Goolwa Concert Band
2.30pm City Of Adelaide Band
3.00pm Victor Harbor City Band
3.30pm Granite Community Band
4.00pm Strathalbyn & District Concert Band

When you wish upon a star... Holdfast Bay Concert Band

 Date Posted: Sat, 27 Jun 2015

K & N Centre Stage

 Date Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2015
Kensington & Norwood Brass – Musical Director Al Kidney were in the Burnside Ballroom, Adelaide on Saturday 13th June 2015, for ‘Centre Stage’ their annual Music Night Concert. This year’s concert featured special guests ‘The Fusion Pops Choir’. Performing to a packed audience Musical Director Al Kidney chose to feature many of the bands principal musicians in various works. See the video below for highlights from the concert.

‘The Barber of Seville’ – Rossini.
‘On My Own’ – Schoenberg arr. Darrol Barry, Tenor Horn Soloist – Alison Harris.
‘The Queen of the Night’s Aria’ – Mozart arr. John Gollard, Soprano Cornet Soloist – Brendan Tasker.
‘Largo al Factotum’ – Rossini, Euphonium Soloist – Janet Carey.
‘I Don’t Know How To Love Him’ – Lloyd Webber arr. Brian Quinn, Flugel Horn Soloist – Angelo Valdivia. 

Salisbury Slow Melody 2015 Results

 Date Posted: Sun, 17 May 2015
To see a full list of results for the Salisbury Slow Melody 2015 follow the link to the results page.

Player Vacancies - Enfield Brass

 Date Posted: Sun, 17 May 2015
After a solid victory at the recent Hahndorf Band Festival, Enfield Brass are building their ranks and they want you to join them to tackle the exciting program of concerts, pageants and competitions planned for the rest of the year. See poster for details.

Stars and Stripes Forever - Enfield Brass

 Date Posted: Sun, 17 May 2015
If you are craving a musical treat but are sick and tired of hearing brass bands play the same old marches and hymn tunes then come to the Klemzig Community Hall on Sunday 24th May at 5.30pm to hear the mighty Enfield Brass present 'The Stars and Stripes Forever'. The USA is not known for its thriving brass band scene but they're there and they have their own rootin' tootin' flavour. Enfield have channelled this iconic style of music and put together a show for our benefit at the affordable cost of a gold coin. 

The Stars and Stripes Forever
Sunday 24th May 2015
Klemzig Community Hall,
242 North East Road, Klemzig
Entry by gold coin donation. 

School Brass Bands Request

 Date Posted: Sat, 18 Apr 2015

Did you or do you know anyone that had any involvement in a brass band at school in Australia from 1950-1980? If yes, please contact Veronica Boulton at veronica.boulton@griffithuni.edu.au.  Veronica is seeking any related information as part of her major research through Griffith University.

Hahndorf Band Festival

 Date Posted: Wed, 15 Apr 2015
Its that time of year again when SA bands put on their gloves in a fight to win appreciation of an audience in historic Hahndorf, the heart of the hills. For details on registration or attendance contact secretary@hahndorftownband.org.

Help for Diggers Last Post

 Date Posted: Wed, 15 Apr 2015
Below is a request from Alexandra Dalton, who is marketing a campaign to have the Last Post heard by as many people as possible this ANZAC Day,

To whom it may concern,

I am writing in regards to a community focused, not for profit campaign I am working on for this year centenary Anzac Day called #diggerslastpost

The campaign is focused around encouraging all Australians to hear the last post at dawn this year on the 100th anniversary. Therefore, we aim to spread the word so as many trumpet players play the last post at dawn this year, so that across the suburbs, towns and cities all Australians wake up to hear the last post and remember our diggers this Anzac Day. This community campaign is purely running off social media presence (links are attached below) and by encouraging the tag #diggerslastpost

Would you please be able to help us reach as many people as possible before Anzac Day? We would really appreciate your help and support for this special diggers tribute.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diggers100
Twitter: @diggerslastpost https://twitter.com/diggerslastpost

Articles printed
Daily Telegraph: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/north-shore/grab-your-trumpet-and-play-the-last-post-on-your-street-or-balcony-at-dawn-on-anzac-day/story-fngr8h9d-1227294120308
Farm Online: http://www.farmonline.com.au/news/agriculture/rural-lifestyle/general-news/sound-of-remembrance-unites-a-nation/2726646.aspx
Daily Liberal: http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/2907726/special-way-to-honour-our-anzacs-poll/?cs=112

Looking forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or queries in 0400415515

Kind regards,
Alexandra Dalton

National Band Championships Results

 Date Posted: Sat, 4 Apr 2015

To see all the results from the 2015 Sydney Band Championships as they come in, keep you eyes on te NBCA Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nationalbandcouncilofaustraliainc

ROTUNDA - Special Ticket Offer

 Date Posted: Sat, 4 Apr 2015
The Adelaide Festival Centre would like to extend a special offer to all band members for the Australian premiere of ROTUNDA on the 1st-2nd May 2015. Tickets are only $45 (usually $55), all you need to do is quote the word FRIENDS at the checkout when purchasing online. Rotunda is being performed by the world famous New Zealand Dance Company and features Kensington and Norwood Brass. See below for more details about this highly anticipated show.

In commemoration of the ANZAC centenary, the internationally renowned New Zealand Dance Company will present Rotunda - a breathtaking theatrical experience of contemporary dance featuring a live 20 piece South Australian brass band and choreography by award-winning choreographer, Shona McCullagh. The show will make its Australian premiere at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Adelaide before touring nationally.

Rotunda brings to life in a haunting snapshot of our history, the world of the band rotunda - an iconic symbol of early 20th century community, where troops were farewelled with pride and welcomed home in grieving. This extraordinary performance will celebrate and commemorate the ANZAC spirit and explore themes of loyalty, suffering, kinship and ultimately a desire for peace.

More than 400,000 Australians enlisted for service in The Great War, representing almost 40 per cent of the total male population. The Australian casualty rate was the highest of the conflict. The Rotunda performance draws from the extraordinary courage and indomitable spirit of these ANZAC men, and the women who set about running the country with aching hearts and dread that their men might not return.

This spirited performance combines an earthy, free-flowing mix of styles and highly physical contemporary dance with an unmistakably New Zealand style of choreography. Renowned for its rhythm and expression, ROTUNDA also integrates a fusion of Maori tradition  with the traditional dynamic of  brass band salutes which were integral to the seeing off and welcoming home of troops at war.

New Zealand Dance Company focuses on delivering the highest quality performing arts by integrating choreographic forms, storytelling, diverse musical styles and theatrical invention. Co-Founder and Artistic Director Shona McCullagh is one of New Zealand’s outstanding cross platform artists and is an innovative choreographer for dance, theatre and film.

Shona McCullagh said, “The New Zealand Dance Company is very excited to be coming to Adelaide as part of the company’s inaugural Australian tour. This is a beautiful opportunity to acknowledge the ANZAC spirit that exists between NZ and Australia. Rotunda acknowledges the birth of this ANZAC partnership and the long standing camaraderie that exists between the two countries.”

McCullagh has previously worked with leading arts companies including Limbs, Douglas Wright Dance Company and The Royal New Zealand Ballet. Her cross-platform career has seen her creating choreography for several New Zealand production companies with works including, Hurtle (1998), Mad Angels (1999) Fly (2001), Break (2004) Verge (2005), Mondo Nuovo(2007) and Tethered (2009). She has also developed an international reputation as an award-winning and innovative filmmaker with all of her dance films being screened at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival (France). McCullagh has been the recipient of many awards including Metro Magazine’s Best Dancer (1988) Arts Foundation Laureate Award (2002) and a New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to dance (2007). She was also granted the role of Head Choreographer for the 2011 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony. Her works have toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.

“…..a troupe of terrific dancers, as interesting as they are talented…another fierce and fabulous strike for professional and profound contemporary dance in New Zealand…” Bernadette Rae, The New Zealand Herald

Grimethorpe Down Under 2015

 Date Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2015
Grimethorpe Band has been wowing audiences since it was formed during World War I in 1917, now they are hitting Australian stages for the second time in 5 years. Here are a list of dates that they will be performing around the country. Stay tuned for more details on tickets and times.

Thursday August 6 - QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane
Friday August 7 - State Theatre, Sydney
Saturday August 8 - Llewellen Hall, Canberra
Sunday August 9 - City Hall, Newcastle
Tuesday August 11 - Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Wednesday August 12 - Arts Centre, Frankston
Thursday August 13 - Wrest Point, Hobart
Friday August 14 - Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash
Saturday August 15 - Norwood COncert Hall, Adelaide
Sunday August 16 - Perth Concert Hall, Perth

MD Vacancy - Para Hills Band

 Date Posted: Fri, 13 Mar 2015
Mr Aubrey Gannon, conductor of Para Hills Band, will be retiring at the end of July 2015 at the age of 87. He has kept the band together for the last 26 years with orchestrating, conducting, competing and performing. Music has been his life and he will remain a dedicated member of the band. Para Hills Band is now looking for someone to take over this role - a dedicated musician and leader with the right skills to continue the musical direction of Para Hills Band. Anyone interested is welcome to come along to a rehearsal Friday evenings from 7.30 - 9.30 at Para Hills High School music Suite, 90 Beafield Road, Para Hills West or contact the secretary at info@parahillsband.org

MD Vacancy - Strathalbyn

 Date Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2015
The Strathalbyn and District Concert Band advises that our current MD will be moving interstate sometime in 2015 and we are seeking a replacement MD. We are a very small band of mixed ages and abilities. Our focus is on supporting local community events and enjoying ourselves. Our major annual event, the Strathalbyn Bands Festival, has become a significant fixture in SA's banding calendar with 20 community bands participating over 2 days. It is organised entirely by our enthusiastic band members and families. More info can be found at www.strathband.com We would welcome any expressions of interest from potential Musical Directors. Please contact our president Sue Clements on 85373188 or PO 115 Strathalbyn 5255.

Hahndorf Hymns and Classics

 Date Posted: Wed, 11 Mar 2015
The annual “Hymns & Classics” concert by Hahndorf Town Band is on the 29th March at 2.00pm at St Paul's Lutheran Church, 10 Main Street Hahndorf. This has become a popular annual event in the town and packs the church as the band presents a varied program of classic brass music and featured soloists. This year features vocalists Sunhee (Sonny) Song and Hew Wagner, and organist Sebastian Phlox and conducted by Philip Paine.

Sunday 29th March 2015 commencing 2.00pm
St Pauls Lutheran Church
10 Main Street Hahndorf
Entry by Donation
Enquiries Phone 0429929918

Pre-Nationals Concert - Marion & Warriparinga

 Date Posted: Tue, 10 Mar 2015
Join Marion and Warriparinga on 27th March at the Domain Theatre in the Marion Cultural Centre at 7pm as they present one last hurrah before they jet off to compete at the National Band Championships in Sydney. It will be a brassy evening as they present core repertoire one last time before they hit the competition stage. This annual concert showcases Marion's youngest ensemble and training band, Heaven Brass, which is the first performance opportunity for many of its new members. Entry by donation.

MD Vacancy - Clarence City Band

 Date Posted: Mon, 9 Mar 2015
MUSICAL DIRECTOR WANTED - We are seeking an energetic, experienced leader with a passion for promoting grass roots community band music within our community. If you think you have the commitment and enthusiasm to lead the Clarence City Band as it provides opportunities for people to learn, play and compete musically in Tasmania, we encourage you to consider applying for the position of Musical Director.  If you are interested please contact president@clarencecityband.com.au for an application package or further information. Applications close on 31 March 2015.

Clarence City Band, is a member of the Tasmanian Band League (TBL), and has been in operation since 1988.  Our aim is to provide an opportunity for people (from the age of 10) to come and enjoy playing music in a relaxed group.  We perform regularly throughout the community of Clarence (and beyond) and have 2 concert bands that compete regularly in the TBL state championships.

We currently consist of 8 ensembles.   We have a 4 year development program,  which takes players from complete beginners in the first year and by the 4th year they are able to take part in our Development Concert Band which completes at the “D” grade level.  We also have a Woodwind ensemble, Brass Band, Stage Band and Senior Concert Band (which completes at the “C” grade level).

Salisbury Slow Melody 2015

 Date Posted: Sat, 7 Mar 2015
It's that time of year again, when we start trying to remember those songs we've always wanted to play for the Salisbury Slow Melody Competition 2015. This year's competition will be held on Sunday 3rd May at the Youth Enterprise Centre, 17-19 Wiltshire St. Salisbury. Entries are to be sent in by Tuesday 14th April. Salisbury Slow Melody Competition offers a chance to perform for an appreciative audience at any playing any level of ability. Be sure to check out the information on the Slow Melody page, there you will find Rules, Section Information and the relevant Entry Forms. All orchestral brass and brass band instruments are encouraged to enter.

SA Band Champs 2015

 Date Posted: Wed, 4 Mar 2015
The 2015 SABA State Band Championships will be held at Trinity College Gawler on the 29-30th August. The format will be similar to last year's competition with the solo and party events happening on the same weekend. Information packs will be out to bands very soon.

Marion's New Online Presence

 Date Posted: Thu, 12 Feb 2015
Marion City Band Inc. has seen many changes over the last 2 years with the introduction of a new training band, Heaven Brass, regrading of the flagship band, Marion City Band, new logo and uniform and several new players added to the ranks. It is only fitting that Marion City Band Inc. has a new website to reflect all the positive changes. Check out www.marioncityband.org to see all the latest news and find out more about Marion City Band!

MD Vacancy - St John Ambulance Band

 Date Posted: Tue, 3 Feb 2015
St John Ambulance Band

The St John Ambulance Brass Band would like to advise that we are seeking expressions of interest for the role of Musical Director.

The band currently numbers 20 active players of varying age groups and abilities based at Modbury South Australia and currently rehearsing on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:30pm. The band has an active and hard working committee who seek to increase the band's size and capabilities to better support and promote the St John Ambulance organisation, community involvement and to create more enjoyment and opportunities for the musicians involved.

Ideally, candidates will possess the following attributes:
-professional background as a musician or music educator
-ability to attract new members
-leadership abilities
-confidence and positive attitude
-experience conducting an ensemble/basic conducting knowledge

Please direct any enquiries to the secretary, Hayley Cloosterman on 0401 747 789 or email hcloost@gmail.com

Player Vacancy - Enfield Brass

 Date Posted: Thu, 22 Jan 2015
Looking for a band to play with in 2015, then why not come and check out the current C grade champions at Enfield Brass where you will find a fun packed group of musicians. There is room for everyone, but in particular Eb Tuba, Trombone and Tuned & Kit Percussion. For further information, please contact us at enfield.brass@gmail.com or 0466 963 244. To see us in action, feel free to drop into a rehearsal on Wednesday evenings @ 8pm Klemzig Community Hall 242 North East Road, Klemzig

SA Bands at Fringe 2015

 Date Posted: Wed, 21 Jan 2015
The Adelaide Fringe 2015 promises to be one of the biggest and best yet with hundreds of shows through February and March. Further details on Adelaide Fringe 2015 events and ticket sales are at www.adelaidefringe.com.au 

Here are some of the events hosted by SABA Bands:

Absolute Brass - K&N Brass
Osmond Terrace Function Centre
Sunday 15th Feb - 2.30pm
Sunday 22nd Feb - 2.30pm

Animated Antics - Mitcham City Brass
Hungarian Club of South Australia
Saturday 21st Feb - 7.00pm
Sunday 22nd Feb - 2.30pm

As Time Goes By: Broadway, Swing and Jazz hits from yesteryear - City of Adelaide Band
The German Club
Sunday 22nd Feb - 2.00pm
Hungarian Club of South Australia
Sunday 8th March - 8.00pm

Putting in the Brass - Salisbury City Band
Salisbury Secret Garden - Salisbury Institute
Tuesday 24th Feb - 7.30pm

Here are some other events that may interest SABA members:

A Summer's Day Botanical - Band of the South Australian Police
Adelaide Botanical Garden - Restaurant Lawns
Saturday 28th Feb - 3.30pm

At Home with FPO - Fusion Pops Orchestra
Norwood Concert Hall
Saturday 14th Feb - 2.00pm and 8.00pm

Big Band Blues - Mike Stewart Big Band
Osmond Terrace Function Centre
Sunday 1st March - 7.30pm
Thursday 5th March - 7.30pm

Carne Carnevale: Division 4 - Band of the South Australian Police
Friday 13th Feb - 7.30pm
Saturday 14th Feb - 7.30pm

Invitation to the Dance - Adelaide Wind Orchestra
Elder Hall
Saturday 7th March - 8.00pm

Jazzflip! - COMA
The Wheatsheaf Hotel
Monday 16th Feb - 8.00pm
Monday 23rd Feb - 8.00pm
Monday 2nd March - 8.00pm

Music at Twilight - Woodville Concert Band
Henley Square
Sunday 15th March - 5.30pm

Sax to the Max - Sax to the Max Saxophone Quartet
The Spire
Sunday 22nd Feb - 6.00pm
Sunday 1st March - 6.00pm
Sunday 8th March - 6.00pm

The Half-Pissed Harpist - Harpist, Christine Morphett
Adelaide Irish Club
Sunday 1st March - 3.00pm
Sunday 15th March - 3.00pm

The High Life - Rhapsodie Saxophone Quartet
The Jade Monkey
Sunday 1st March - 3.00pm
Thursday 12th March - 7.00pm

The Trumpet of the Swan - Norwood Orchestra
Norwood Concert Hall
Sunday 1st March - 2.30pm and 5.30pm

Salisbury Slow Melody - 3rd May 2015

 Date Posted: Tue, 20 Jan 2015
The Annual Salisbury Slow Melody Competition will be held on May 3rd 2015 at The Institute, Wiltshire Street, Salisbury. Further information will be sent to band secretaries soon. 

SABA Award of Merit - Veronica Boulton

 Date Posted: Tue, 20 Jan 2015
Congratulations to Veronica Boulton of Marion City Band and Warriparinga Brass for being awarded the latest SABA Award Of Merit. SABA President, Dr Bronwyn Dolman, travelled to Camp Kedron at Barmera and presented the award to Veronica at the final performance of the South Australian Youth Brass Camp and Tour. 

SABA Award nominations can be submitted to the Executive for consideration. See the SABA Awards page for more details.

Veronica was born and brought up in Victoria where she began studying the piano at the age of five but her first public performance as a musician was at the age of seven, when she appeared in an Eisteddfod as a vocalist. At the age of nine Veronica joined the Traralgon City Brass Band (VIC) as a learner and played with them throughout her youth.  She also played and toured with the Victorian State Youth Band.  

Over the ensuing years, Veronica played with Preston, Kew and Hawthorn ‘A’ Grade Bands.  She also conducted Heidelberg Youth Brass and was MD of Morwell Citizens Band. In 1995 Veronica played with the inaugural Australian Brass Band.

Veronica moved with her family to South Australia in 1996 where she resumed playing, initially on French horn,in the inaugural performance of the then newly formed Unley Concert Band.  After a little over a year playing with the Unley Concert Band, Veronica moved back into brass bands and began playing with K&N Spring Gully Brass. 

It was whilst playing there that, Veronica initiated the creation of the K&N Youth band. From an initial existing small group of five or six young learners and inexperienced players Veronica recruited, developed, and conducted that Youth band. Veronica’s dedication and enthusiasm, combined with her musical and motivational skills, developed K&N Youth into what became the premier Junior Brass Band in South Australia.  With the help of a number of parents and helpers, in the year 2000 Veronica took the band to the National Band Competition held in Geelong where they won the Junior ‘C’ Grade Competition.

Between 2001 and the end of 2010 Veronica taught music at various schools, mainly in Adelaide’s southern suburbs. Without exception she was responsible for enhancing the relevant school’s music programs often introducing a brass instrument element. In two instances (St Peters Woodlands and Woodend Primary) Veronica again initiated and formed school bands. Inevitably, at all the schools where she taught, there were music students who were recruited or ‘steered’ towards either her own or other local community brass or concert bands in addition to their school performances. Over the ensuing years and even to the present time, many of those school students and current band members received music related scholarships (most with references from Veronica) and are now undertaking music studies as a major subject in their senior school years.

Throughout 2004 Veronica taught and conducted the Hahndorf Town Junior Band. It was in June that year that Veronica was appointed MD of the Marion City Band. Not wishing to let down the Hahndorf band she began her role as new MD at Marion and continued to conduct and teach Hahndorf Juniors until the end of that year.

In June 2004 at the time of her appointment as Musical Director of Marion City Band, Marion was a relatively small band competing in ‘D’ Grade.  The growth, development and improvement Veronica has made to the band since her appointment has been phenomenal.Veronica’s personal drive, enthusiasm, energy, commitment and dedication to effect that change, has been nothing less than exceptional.

Veronica immediately had the senior band competing in ‘C’ Grade and after winning two National 'C' Grade Championships the band now competes in 'B' Grade.  She instigated and taught in a training program for juniors and adult learners.  She recruited from schools and the general community.  She encouraged, supported, and cajoled players and ‘would be’ players into becoming involved in banding and soon after her appointment she was able to form a Junior Band (Warriparinga Youth).  That Junior band competed in and won the Junior ‘C’ Grade competition at the 2010 National Band Championship in Tasmania and in SA in 2011.  The Band has since been re-graded in SA to Junior ‘B’ Grade. Warriparinga Brass now competes as an open 'D' grade band allowing young and adult beginners the opportunity to perform on the competition stage. In 2014 Veronica started Heaven Brass as a training program for Marion City Band and gives members the opportunity to learn new instruments and conduct. Under Veronica’s direction, leadership and inspiration, Marion City Band, as an organisation has grown enormously.  From that relatively small beginning, the Marion City Band organisation now has in excess of 100 registered players performing in three different competing bands and a training band.

Veronica is currently sits on the SABA Executive and has been active in the facilitation of the State Band Championships. Veronica has been the driving force behind the 2015 SABA State Youth Brass Camp and Tour which has brought players from across the state together to perform throughout the Riverland. The success of this venture is testament to the passion and drive that Veronica has towards the SA Band Movement.

There is no doubt whatsoever that Veronica has an enduring influence on performers and performances, particularly in Junior Banding in South Australia and as a consequence, the band movement generally in South Australia. 


Youth Brass Storms the Riverland

 Date Posted: Sun, 18 Jan 2015
The South Australian State Youth Brass Camp and Tour 2015 has sucessfully blasted its way through the riverland. Under the skillful leadership of Jim Dempsey, 34 members of bands from South Australia came together to form a brass band at Camp Kedron, Barmera. After three days of intensive rehearsal (swimming, board games, cards, a quiz night and plenty of food) the SA State Youth Brass performed 9 concerts over three days.

The band travelled to Loxton, Berri, Barmera, Renmark and Wilkadene with the blue tuba in tow and performed a variety of music spanning over 400 years from The Renaissance to a composition recently written for the ensemble by local composer, Dr Mark C. Smith called 'Land of the Blue Tuba'. Some keen players were even given the opportunity to perform as featured soloists and conduct the ensemble.

A final concert back at the campsite for friends and family included a special presentation of a SABA Award of Merit to organisor/ promoter and bus driver, Veronica Boulton. Mark C. Smith attended this concert to hear his new comosition that had been performed all throughout the Riverland.

A huge thank you goes to Veronica Boulton, Jen Shinnick, Alexandra Bowman, Jim Dempsey, Mary Westley, George Burton, Roy Pettifer, BJ O'Donovan and Dr Mark C. Smith for all your efforts in making this initiative such a success. Thank you to Riverland Brass for your hospitality and use of equipment. Also thanks go to the participants who performed and behaved so well, representing Holdfast Bay Concert Band, Hahndorf Town Band, Marion City Band, Playford Concert Band, Warriparinga Brass, Riverland Brass, Mitcham City Brass, Tanunda Town Band and The South Australian Band Assiociation.

To see more photos from the Camp and Tour, check out the SABA facebook page.

SA Youth Brass kicks off

 Date Posted: Fri, 9 Jan 2015

Preparations are well under way as the South Australian State Youth Brass Camp and Tour hits the road this week. Participants are fueling their excitement as they grab their sleeping bags, hats, bathers and board games.... oh, and I suppose an instrument and music stand may come in handy!

If you're in the Riverland from Jan 15 - 17, be sure to check out a concert:

Thursday Jan 15th
10.00am - The Village, historic Loxton
1.30pm - Berri Senior Citizens Hall
4.30pm - Jarrett Memorial Gardens, Renmark

7.30pm - Barmera Hotel

Friday Jan 16th
10.30am - Monash Adventure Playground
2.00pm - Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery
7.30pm - Barmera Monash Football Club

Saturday Jan 17th
10.00am - Berri Farmers' Market
1.30pm - Camp Kedron, Barmera

PARTICIPANTS: Dont forget to make sure you have everything on the checklist get ready for a fun filled week with A LOT of playing!

Land of The Blue Tuba

 Date Posted: Fri, 9 Jan 2015
A new composition called 'Land of the Blue Tuba' has been written by local composer, Mark C Smith, to be featured in the program for the upcoming SA State Youth Brass Camp and Tour through the Riverland of South Australia. Here are a few words from the composer about this new work:

"This work is a playful exploration of the traditional tune “Bound for South Australia”- an English song that has it’s origins on the docks of the Thames in London. The work also incorporates the “Song of Australia” written by German born South Australian composer Carl Linger. “Song of Australia” was one of four works considered as Australian National Anthem in the 1977 Anthem referendum. The “Blue Tuba” is a direct reference to the innovative fundraising campaign to finance the 2015 Youth Brass Band camp."

A bit about the composer:
Dr Mark C Smith has a long-standing connection with the South Australian Band Association. He has been a member of various SA bands for the last 28 years as a performing member and Conductor, and is currently a member of SABA’s Music Advisory Board. Mark is prolific in his output of band music, with works played in concerts and contests by orchestras and bands Australia wide. He is a professional writer and was responsible for producing works for the Adelaide Carols by Candlelight for Fourteen years. As a performer, Mark has had tremendous success in solo competitions. He has won Six National solo prizes on Trumpet and Flugelhorn, and is the current SA champion on the latter (for the ninth consecutive year). Mark works as Director of Music at the Star of the Sea School – one of SA’s largest Primary School music programs. He was awarded a PhD in Music Composition for his 2012 Thesis “Casting Brass” which explored the influence of the banding movement upon orchestral music.

As Time Goes By with City of Adelaide Band

 Date Posted: Mon, 5 Jan 2015
As part of the Adelaide Fringe 2015, the City of Adelaide Band is presenting two concerts that will showcase big band and swing tunes with a range of hits from the golden age of Broadway and the movies.

AS TIME GOES BY: Broadway, swing and jazz hits from yesteryear
Sunday 22nd February, 2pm
The German Club
223 Flinders St, Adelaide

Sunday 8th March, 2pm
The Hungarian Club
82 Osmond Tce, Norwood

Tickets $17 from FringeTix or at the door.

Putting in the Brass with SCB

 Date Posted: Wed, 31 Dec 2014
The Salisbury City Band presents as Part of the Adelaide FRINGE Festival "Putting in the Brass'  Tuesday 24th Feb 2015  7.30pm - 8.30pm at the Salisbury Institute 17-19 Wiltshire St Salisbury

Tickets $18.00  booking through BASS

Come and join the Salisbury City Band in cabaret style evening. The big brass band sound of a 40 person band playing hits from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's. BYO supper plate. The venue is licensed so sorry no BYO drinks.

Blown Away by Brass Knockers

 Date Posted: Tue, 9 Dec 2014
On Sunday 7th December 2014, Grainger Studio was filled with more than 200 appreciative audience members for the Brass Knockers concert in support of the McGrath Foundation, raising money to help victims and families of those affected. An entertaining program of fun songs from Jaws to Gounod, The Typewriter to The Tit Larks wowed the audience with special guest vocal performers and solos by band members. Below is a video of highlights from the concert.

Blue Lake Band Festival Results

 Date Posted: Mon, 17 Nov 2014
The 2014 Blue Lake Band Festival in Mount Gambier had great weather, festive crowds and healthy audience in the Helpmann Theatre throughout the day. The Mount Gambier Lions Club has once again delivered a well run full day of competition and entertainment from South Australian and Victorian Brass Bands. With cash prizes for all awards and participation in the WIN Television Chrismas Parade, all the bands have had a great weekend.

Street March Competition Results:
(Music was handicapped by the adjudicator and not included in the final street parade result)
B Grade (drill, music)
Geelong West: 208, 41 2nd
Marion City Band: 205, 43
Greater Dandenong: 211, 42 1st
C Grade
Mount Gambier: 201, 43
D Grade
Creswisk Brass: 203, 47
Ballarat City: 207,46

On Stage Competition
Adjudicator: Mark Ford
This was graded with a Hymn, Own Choice Test, March and Entertainment Item
B Grade
Geelong West: 46, 95, 47, 44 = 232 1st
Marion City Band: 44, 92, 44, 42 = 222 2nd
Greater Dandenong: 43, 91, 45, 41 = 220
C Grade
Mount Gambier: 39, 85, 38, 38 = 200 1st
D Grade
Warriparinga Brass: 36, 85, 38, 37 = 196 2nd
Creswick Brass: 35, 80, 38, 38 = 191
Portland Citizens Band: 33, 78, 36, 36 = 183
Ballarat City: 37, 84, 39, 39, 199 = 199 1st

Other Awards
Champion Band in the Street March: Greater Dandenong
Best Drum Major: Michael Mathers
Best Band in Christmas Parade: Geelong West

Frank Thompson B Grade March: Geelong West
Frank Thompson C Grade March: Mt Gambier
Frank Thompson D Grade March: Ballarat

Murray Johnson Memorial Hymn Tune Award: Creswick Brass
Lions Band of the Year: Greater Dandenong
Lions Musical Director of the Year: Katrina Bird

PCCB Seeks New Musical Director

 Date Posted: Mon, 17 Nov 2014
Position Vacant - Music Director

Payneham City Concert Band is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic musician to join the ranks of the Band in the role of Music Director to lead and develop its 40+ members of varying ages and experience.  

The Band has a proud history of music making beginning life more than 60 years ago as the Murray Park Band (a brass band), later becoming the St. Peters Municipal Band and in 1966 a concert band – the only one in South Australia at that time.  The band moved to Payneham in 1988 under the sponsorship of Payneham City Council and it continues to receive the support of the now combined City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Council.

The Band rehearses on Tuesday nights, from 7:30 till 9:30pm, at the Payneham Senior Citizens Hall, 54 Coorara Ave, Payneham.  We currently perform 10-12 times a year (including 4 community concerts, ANZAC March and Norwood Pageant, our annual Reflections Concert, Strathabyn Band Festival and the Long Tan Memorial as well as other once off performances).  We are keen to expand our performing calendar.  

The primary role of the Music Director is to attend and direct musical rehearsals, select music, conduct performances and concerts, assess the musical ability of playing Members and arrange positions within the Band as they deem appropriate for the capabilities of the Member and the needs of the Band, with the agreement of the Member in question.

The successful applicant will have proven leadership and networking skills in addition to a sense of humour underpinned by appropriate qualifications and experience. 

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Payneham City Concert Band, on 0411877285 to discuss the position and obtain an information package.  Alternatively send an email to payneham.band@gmail.com or letter to P.O Box 14, Marden SA 5070.

Expressions of Interest close Friday 5th of December 2014.

Mount Gambier Band Crazy

 Date Posted: Sat, 8 Nov 2014
Next Saturday 15th November 2014 heralds the start of another Lions Club Blue Lake Brass Band Festival. Bands from South Australia and Victoria battle it out in the on stage competition for cash prizes, including $2000 for Band of the Year. BUT, not before participating in the Mount Gambier Christmas Parade, Massed March and Street Parade competition. If you are in the area, check out the band events or consider it as a fun and profitable event for your band next year. 

Then, on the 29th November, the fourth annual Stand Like Stone Foundation Limestone Coast Tattoo is hitting the streets. Tickets on sale at Chapman's Newsagency - see poster below for details.

Youth Brass applications are in

 Date Posted: Fri, 7 Nov 2014
The SABA State Youth Camp and Tour has a total of 32 participants, representing Marion, Mitcham, Tanunda, Riverland, Salisbury, Warriparinga & Hahndorf bands. Information regarding what participants need to do now has been emailed to applicants.

If you're feeling disappointed that you didn't get your application in on time and you'd really like to participate, don't despair - late applications are able to be received over the weekend with a deadline of close of business Monday 10th November - as this is when the order for shirts needs to be placed!

The camp runs from Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 January at Camp Kedron which is located on the shore of beautiful Lake Bonney. The daily schedule will involve morning rehearsals, afternoon swimming, evening rehearsals, eating and volleyball.

For information contact Veronica on 0412 866 737 or sayouthbrass@sabandassociation.org

The proposed tour concerts are:

Thursday 15th
Morning - Loxton Pioneer Village
Early Afternoon -Berri Senior Citizens
Late Afternoon - Jarrett Memorial Gardens, Renmark
Evening - Barmera Hotel

Friday 16th
Morning - Monash Adventure Playground
Afternoon - Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery
Evening - Barmera Monash Football Club

Saturday 17th 
Morning - Berri Farmers' Market
Afternoon - Family and Friends, Camp Kedron

Christmas Season Marches Off

 Date Posted: Fri, 7 Nov 2014
Time to dust off the Sousaphones, find that pesky lyre that's somewhere at home and get ready to for the Christmas earworms that everyone will be humming. The Credit Union Christmas Pageant heralds the start of the Christmas season for most bands around the State.

Christmas time is a busy seasond for many of South Australian bands as they can provide wholesome entertainment for appreciative crowds and earn some extra money. Christmas Pageants are a long standing tradition in South Australia and the Credit Union Christmas Pageant has a healthy representation from many of our brass and concert bands and although it is only a couple of hours on a Saturday there are a few tips to remember when participating:

  • Bands are there to provide fun music and demonstrate precision marching, dressing up and clowning around is taken care of by the Credit Union Volunteers and designers.
  • Smile, wave and enjoy the thousands of people that have come to see and hear you (on the street and on the television).
  • Keep hydrated, its long walk.
  • Be sensible with your music choices, be entertaining and remember it's a long non-stop blow down North Terrace past the cameras.

There are many other Pageants around the state that bands are involved in every year. Many of them welcome dressing up and any other enertaining flair you can bring to the street. Mount Gambier Pageant sports a healthy contigency of Victorian and South Australian Bands because they have partenered up with the Blue Lake Brass Band Festival and offer cash prizes to the best dressed and most entertaining bands. Mount Barker Pageant winds its way through the suburban landscape with all sorts of musical entertainment and cleverly constructed floats. Glenelg and Onkaparinga Pageant tempt you towards the cool ocean where you hope your lyre can handle the sea breeze. Norwood is gently up hill the whole way - fortunately there are enough watering holes at the end.

This is a busy time of year for many bands - have fun and give South Australia a good representation of what the band community has to offer.

Exposing Adelaide's Brass Knockers

 Date Posted: Fri, 24 Oct 2014
Inspired by our friend and her commitment to getting the word out regarding breast cancer awareness, the K&N Brass Band are organising a concert in support of the McGrath Foundation entitled “Dreaming of a Pink Christmas”, to be held in Adelaide on the afternoon of Sunday 7th December 2014, from 2pm.  Although the event is being organised by K&N, the band performing will be no ordinary brass band:  “South Australian Brass Knockers” is SA’s first all-female band, formed specifically for this event, with ladies from a number of South Australian bands donating their time and talent to this worthy cause.  The venue for the concert will be the Grainger Studio (home of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra), Hindley Street, Adelaide.

In June 2014 Vivienne Little, Kensington & Norwood Brass Band Committee Member, concert compere and wife of one of our players, was diagnosed with breast cancer at only 46 years of age.  After a left mastectomy and further testing, the long-term prognosis is very positive; although some years of hormone therapy and monitoring are necessary, there is no immediate requirement for radio- or chemotherapy.  There is no doubt that the early detection of the cancer has played a vital role in such an encouraging outcome. 

James Morrison Music Academy

 Date Posted: Fri, 24 Oct 2014
A message from Allen Woodham OAM:

Huge announcement today that Mount Gambier is to be the home of the James Morrison music academy. This will be a three years university course through the University of South Australia based in Mount Gambier. Commencing 2015 and gradually expanded to enroll 200 selected students. James Morrison to live in Mount Gambier. Came along to the city band rehearsal and sat in with his two sons playing cornet. Just amazing news for music development nationally.

Euphonium and Wind Orchestra

 Date Posted: Mon, 20 Oct 2014
This Friday 24th October 1.10pm, Elder Hall Lunchtime Concert presents the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra under the baton of Bob Hower with Euphonium Solist BJ O'Donovan. This concert will perform works by Shostakovich, Cichy, Stanhope and features James Curnow's Symphonic Variants for Euphonium and Band. Tickets available at the door, for more information http://music.adelaide.edu.au/elderhall/concerts/lunch/

RIP Les Dawson from Para Hills Band

 Date Posted: Sun, 12 Oct 2014
Para Hills Band Baritone player, Les Dawson died on 4th October 2014 after a short Illness at the age of 75. His funeral is on Wednesday 15th October 2014 at 1pm, Folland Chapel, Enfield Cemetary.

State Youth Brass - Get Your Applications In!

 Date Posted: Tue, 7 Oct 2014
Three weeks until applications close

Don't miss out! Is your band represented?

Hints on the camp and tour: It's not all playing - swimming in Lake Bonney each afternoon (coz it's too hot to play!)

Tour concerts to include: Monash Playground, Loxton Historical Village, Barmera Hotel, Wilkadene Woolshed, Barmera, Monash Football Club, and more.....

for more information, application details or to register your interest, visit the Youth Brass Page.

International Staff Band 2015 Australian Tour

 Date Posted: Sun, 5 Oct 2014
The Salvation Army International Staff Band are giving two concerts in South Australia in late October 2015. They are currently offering discounts to group bookings. If you and your band are interested in making a group pre-booking before tickets go on sale, contact John Slater on 0428 280 008.

Coast and Vines Music Club

 Date Posted: Wed, 1 Oct 2014
Coast & Vines Music Club is a boutique mini-concert band based on the Fleurieu Peninsula- south of Adelaide. It was established in May of 2006 by Sonia Radford to cater for adults and students who want to gain ensemble and personal skills on their instrument with a focus on playing at community events, fetes, celebrations and aged care facilities and cafes etc.

Being a “club” means that a variety of ensembles can be developed as well as a usual concert band configuration. Also, things are all  run without a formal committee and no subscription fees for membership are charged. Rather, a participation fee is charged to players when they attend.

Rehearsals are most Friday nights 7:30-10pm at Woodend Primary School; Edwardbeck Dve/Young Street Sheidow Park.

The session starts with simpler music which assists players with less experience and acts as a warm-up for the band. The music gets more difficult throughout the evening and a half-time supper break allows for refreshments and socializing.

A $5 participation fee includes supper.


Performances vary throughout the year and usually include the City to Bay Fun Run, a café/restaurant or two, retirement village concerts/fete and a “pop-up” event at a beach or park as well as playing at several houses with Christmas light displays  (Average gigs; 12- 15/year)


Contact: Music Director:

Sonia Radford  Ph 0424 505 374

Email: southernpercussion@gmail.com

Riverland Keen to Host SA Youth Brass

 Date Posted: Sat, 27 Sep 2014
Article from The Murray Pioneer, Friday September 20 2014, Page 12.


 Date Posted: Fri, 26 Sep 2014
Enfield Brass presents the Spooktacular Halloween Ball!!!

Join Enfield Brass as they prepare to fright and excite with our repertoire of spooktacular music and entertainment.

Ticket price includes a buffer dinner, games and live entertainment. Bar facilities (beer, wine and soft drink) will be available.

Prizes for best dressed child and adult.

Tickets only $40 for adults, $20 for children between 5 - 10 (4 and under free), or purchase a family ticket for only $100 (2 x adults, 2 x children).

Get in quick - tickets will not be available on the night, so must be pre-purchased via enfieldbrass.org.au or by calling 0466 963 244.

Gawler Town Band New MD

 Date Posted: Thu, 25 Sep 2014
Gawler Town Band has been under the direction of newly appointed MD Bruce Raymond for a few months now and has a fun filled concert coming up: 1st November at 7.30pm at the Zion Lutheran Church, Cowan Street, Gawler.  Cost is $12 per person.  For bookings they can contact Nicki on 0412 804 693.

South Australian State Champions 2014

 Date Posted: Thu, 25 Sep 2014
2014 South Australian State Band Championships have sucessfully showcased the vaiety of bands, soloits and ensembles this state has to offer in the scenic township of Hahndorf. SABA congratulates all the participants from the weekend.

Open A Concert Band - Unley Concert Band
Open B Concert Band - Trinity College 
Open C Concert Band - Holdfast Concert Band
Junior Concert Band - Pulteney Grammar School

Open A Brass Band - Tanunda Town Band
Open B Brass Band - Marion City Band
Open C Brass Band - Enfield Brass
Open D Brass Band - Warriparinga Brass
For a full list of band, party and solo results, see results page.

SABA would like to thank those involved in the weekend, in particular adjudicators, accompanists, volunteers and those who assisted the association with providing necessary equipment and logistics for such a busy event. SABA would like to thank Brass Banned for attending and streaming the event and the township of Hahndorf for being such cooperative hosts. It was pleasing to see band members participating in the massed march and rotunda events across the weekend. This was very well received and brought the event out into the public where it is seldom seen. Unfortunately a administrative error prompted a change in the final results that were announced on the day but this has been rectified with the bands involved. If you would like clarification on this, please speak to your band secretary or band SABA delegate.

SABA supports all member bands from South Australia and aims to promote all banding events, competitions, concerts and fundraising initiatives. SABA encourages all band members to get involved - the SABA AGM will be held this Friday 26th September at Enfield Band Hall - see your band secretary for more details.

Banksia Park Bands celebrates 40 years

 Date Posted: Mon, 22 Sep 2014
Banksia Park Concert Bands is celebrating 40 years next Sunday, 28th September 2014, at 2.00 pm at the Dame Roma Mitchell Centre in Golden Grove School.

If you have ever been a member of Redbacks or City of Tea Tree Gully Band, or have enjoyed listening to any of the bands in the program, or have been associated with us in any way, please come to help us celebrate.

All bands in the program will be playing, and there will be light refreshments served. Gold coin donation.

Request for State Champs Trophies

 Date Posted: Mon, 15 Sep 2014
This is a reminder to all those who won perpetual trophies at the last State Championships to bring them with them to the competition before the scheduled events so they can be presented. If you are not attending the championships before the scheduled events, you can return the trophies to your band secretary or directly to SABA before this weekend.

Band News and Musings - keeping up to date

 Date Posted: Fri, 12 Sep 2014
Keeping up to date with other bands is easy to do through email and online social networking. Gone are the days of newsletter mail outs, most band members and keen audiences are able to find out all the latest news on concerts, players and events from facebook, e-newsletters and websites.

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.

SA State Youth Brass - Summer Camp and Tour

 Date Posted: Tue, 2 Sep 2014
This Summer the Riverland will host a band of South Australia's fine young brass players. Applications are open for the 2015 SA State Youth Brass Summer Camp and Tour.

Open to all young brass and percussion players 24 years and younger, the band will rehearse and tour through the Riverland under the baton of James Dempsey from January 12 - 17.

South Australia has a number of vibrant young and enthusiastic young brass players filling the ranks of bands all over the state. This camp promises to be a fantastic opportunity to perform with peers and like minded musicians as well as learn from one of South Australia's most experienced brass players, former ASO trumpet, James Dempsey. This event has been subsidised by generous sponsors from Adelaide and the Riverland and is fully catered for the camp and tour. 

To apply, visit this link and fill out the online application form. For more information visit the SABA website or contact Veronica on 0412 866 737 or email sayouthbrass@sabandassociation.org

Mourn the Loss of Para Hills Band Founding Member, Gerry Matthews

 Date Posted: Mon, 18 Aug 2014
Para Hills Band founding member, Gerry Matthews has died aged 88 on 6th August 2014. His funeral will be held on Wednesday 20th August at 10.45am at Enfield Memorial Park. He loved everything banding.

Mt Gambier Reflects on Vic States Performance

 Date Posted: Mon, 18 Aug 2014
A reflection by Craig Wood, Mount Gambier City Band: While the Mount Gambier City Band was disappointed with its results in the C Grade Victorian Band Championships in Ballarat yesterday, the band's players and Musical Director Jarrod Harrison were not disappointed with their performance. 

In a tough competition held at the historic Her Majesty's Theatre, the band scored lower than expected in the performance of four pieces of music, including the test Piece: "Sinfonietta" by Gordon Langford. Eventual winners. the City of Traralgon band won the points tally and took the mantle of Victorian Champions from Darebin City Northern Brass who finished unplaced.

The local band takes solace from the overwhelming number of supporters who contacted the band before and after the contest. For the first time, the brass championship performances were streamed on live video through the internet and the City bands' on stage showing was watched by many Mount Gambier residents and followers.  
Musical Director Jarrod Harrison, showing why he is considered in band circles as a most promising up and coming leader, took responsibility for the band's performance. He stated that the band had played as he had asked them, and had not left any thing out of the stage performance. 

In music competition it is always difficult to know the specific expectations of an adjudicator about a piece of music on a particular day. Getting each player to share the same expectations is also problematic. And unfortunately for the City band, it was a simple case of the interpretation and technique not being what the adjudicator, Sean Preist from Tasmania, was looking for on the day.  

Mr Harrison has now taken his charges to four band contests in two and a half years, and regardless of Sunday's results, the band has experienced significant growth and  improvement over that time.  

With business as usual, the City band will continue rehearsing and combining contests with community service. Individual players will represent the city in the South Australian Solo Championships in September before the local Senior's Concert at the Band Hall in October. The band also looks forward to the Christmas Parade, the Lions' Club Blue Lake contest and the Limestone Coast Tattoo, all in November.

Craig Wood,
Secretary: Mount Gambier City Band 

Keeping Social with Balls

 Date Posted: Thu, 14 Aug 2014
Being involved in community bands is more than just playing music. Band events promote a strong social environment so it's no surprise that band members do many different activities together. It would be difficult to find a band in South Australia that limits its social interaction to rehearsal times.

Last Year SABA supported the Great Cycle Challenge which helped raise funds for child cancer research, this was a fantastic opportunity to raise money for a charity directly affecting South Australian band members and way which bandies can share other interests. A quick glance at facebook will reveal more photos and pre/post rehearsal meals and drinks than actual rehearsals! Marion City Band has a dedicated netball team called the CORNETballs (pictured) that compete every Sunday (lets hope they dont get into the grand final becuase its on the same weekend as the states). Fundraising events are a good way of bringing playing and non-playing band members together, movie nights, sporting events, City to Bay Fun Run, Bay to Birdwood, Cheesefest, vintage celebrations in the Barossa, family holidays just to name a few of the soial events that we see bandies enjoying every week.

If your band enjoys more than concerts and competitions let us know, post to the SABA facebook page, submit an article to webmaster@sabandassociation.org. We would love to hear what SA band members are up to.

BJ O'Donovan

Brighton Secondary Hosts Music Spectacular

 Date Posted: Thu, 14 Aug 2014
Specialist Music School, Brighton Secondary, will host two big concerts this Saturday, featuring a range of ensembles from the school and some local and international artists.

With two concerts, 2pm and 7.30pm, BSS will feature a school band all the way from Beijing, China, performing a mix of traditioinal Chinese music and contemporary band classics. Local bands, Warriparinga Brass and Marion City band will also be performing in the recently developed Performing Arts Centre at the school.

Saturday 16th August
Matinee - 2.00pm
Evening - 7.30pm
Brighton Concert Hall - Brighton Secondary School
Tickets: $10 ($15 for both concerts)

Marion City Band Legacy Concert

 Date Posted: Tue, 12 Aug 2014
Marion City Band is presenting its annual charity concert at the Marion Cultural Centre in aid of Legacy.

Featuring radio host Peter Goers and the vocal prowess of Rebecca Raymond. The concert will feature the band playing a number of songs in memory of those lost and affected by war. Proceeds going towards Legacy.

Start off your State Band Championships weekend with a fun and entertaining concert. September 19th, Marion Cultural Centre. Doors open 6:45pm, Tickets $15, call 83756855.

Mount Gambier ready to represent at Victorian States

 Date Posted: Sun, 10 Aug 2014
With only one rehearsal left before they represent the city at the Victorian State Band Championships in Ballarat this weekend (August 16th & 17th), the Mount Gambier City Band is working feverishly on putting the finishing touches to their anticpated contest stage performance.

The local band will be up against seven other bands in their division, including the current National and Victorian Champions; Darebin City - Northern Brass. With a strengthened cornet section since their very close second placing at the South Australian Band Championships last year, the band is in a good place to compete with their opposition, especially in the performance of the test piece. Gordon Langford's "Sinfonietta", by which all bands are measured against each other. 

Musical Director Jarrod Harrison has been rehearsing the band and various instrumental sections hard for the past two months.The City band also hopes to gain an edge in the points tally through the performance of their other three pieces, which includes a hymn, a stage march and a concert item.    

In an exciting development for the band movement and local supporters, a live internet video stream of the Victorian Band Championships can be viewed at http://brassbanned.com/. The local band's division is scheduled to start on Sunday morning.   

Interested members of the public are welcome to come and witness the band's final rehearsal at the City Band Hall this Wednesday night from 7:30pm.

REFLECTIONS - Payneham City Concert Band

 Date Posted: Sat, 9 Aug 2014
Payneham City Concert Band Concert presents and evening concert called Reflections. The band will present a number of works also featuring acclaimed harpist and vocalist, Emma Horwood.

Friday September 12th 2014

All Souls Anglican Church, Crn Stephens Terrace and Third Avenue St Peters
Tickets $15 at the door
Light supper provided


 Date Posted: Thu, 7 Aug 2014
SABA are running a drill accreditation course on Saturday 16th August to get some of our drum majors nationally certified to be capable of adjudicating marching competitions.

To do this, we have David Peters coming from Tasmania for the weekend. Part of the accreditation requires our drum majors to run drill with a band, so we are seeking between 12 - 20 people who have marched before to form up this band - no playing will be required.

Our volunteers will meet at Mitcham band hall (corner Belair / Grange Roads, Lower Mitcham - opposite the Mitcham Council Offices) at 12.30pm for a BBQ lunch supplied by SABA before commencing the drill section of the accreditation at 1.30pm. Our volunteers will be needed for around 3 hours in total (but may be less).

This is a great social opportunity to get to know members from other bands, and also to build the skills of some of our drum majors.

If you are interested, please register your interest with your band secretary so they can email your details to Tamina, the SABA Secretary. Further information will be supplied to your band secretary / Facebook in the weeks leading to the event.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Invitation to an Open Rehearsal

 Date Posted: Thu, 7 Aug 2014
An Open invitation to Anyone!

Are you a local music student-or interested in local community music making-or just an interested member of the public?

Please be aware of a special ‘live rehearsal’ of the Hahndorf Town Band has on Monday 11th August. Presented by Philip Paine, MD of Hahndorf Town Band, Principal Horn Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. St Pauls Lutheran Church Hall, 10 Main Street Hahndorf, commencing at 7.30pm. Presented in association with the school band of  Turramurra High from North Sydney (Years 7, 8 & 9 which will be on tour in the Adelaide Hills)

Come and see the Band rehearse! Learn what the band does and why! An interactive workshop!

Supper available!
Enquiries email secretary@hahndorftownband.org or phone 0429929918
(Entrance by Gold Coin Donation)