The 2020 State Youth Brass Camp & Tour will returning back to the Riverland from the 14th to 19th January 2020.

The purpose of the band is to provide a facility for the youth of the South Australian Band Association (SABA) to extend their musical knowledge and appreciation, develop their skills, promote the SABA further afield, and to enjoy the pleasures of rehearsing and performing amongst like-minded enthusiasts. 

This annual brass band summer camp and tour provides a unique opportunity for young brass band musicians. Currently there is much on offer for young wind musicians generally, such as the Adelaide Youth Orchestras, the Adelaide Wind Orchestra, and many school-based ensembles and festivals, but there is nothing distinct for brass band youth. Furthermore, brass band instrumentation is generally not accepted in many ensembles, therefore limiting opportunity.

The participants are 24 years and under, and come together to rehearse for three days in mid January, followed by a three-day concert tour.  This is a wonderful musical and educational experience for the participants, as well as an opportunity for networking and companionship. In addition, the tour offers people in rural communities an opportunity to attend live music concerts, which may not be as accessible as it is for people in the city. 

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​Veronica Boulton
State Youth Brass Coordinator
South Australian Band Association
Tel: 0412 866 737​

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Camp Details

  • 14-19 January, 2020
  • Accommodated at Camp Kedron, Barmera
  • Rehearsing 14 – 16 January
  • Concerts and sightseeing tour of The Riverland 17 – 19 January

Participants are required to provide their own transport to Camp Kedron, 471 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Barmera  on Tuesday 14th January for a 10.30AM rehearsal. Assistance can be provided with transport via car-pooling and participants should indicate this on application. 

Accommodation is at Camp Kedron. This is basic bunkhouse accommodation and participants are required to bring their own bedding. This is located on the banks of Lake Bonney and participants will have the opportunity for swimming.

Participants are required to bring their own lunch on Day One, however for the remainder of the camp and tour, all food will be provided. 

==> 24 years and under from first day of camp
==> Minimum standard approx Grade Four (AMEB, ANZCA, TRINITY etc.)
Note – you don’t need to have actually done an exam, you just need a teacher or your conductor to verify your playing standard.
The band is conducted by the participants and applicants are encouraged to share this responsibility. .

==> Brass and Percussion
==> 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, therefore fundraising and sponsorship is still being sought. Final figures will be notified after the closing date (fees are also dependent on numbers in attendance).
Successful applicants may wish to seek financial assistance from their community band.
==> Camp, Tour and Shirt – maximum fee of $250 – to be confirmed
==> Deposit of $50 to be invoiced on acceptance of application