2024 Yamaha Australian Band Championships
Fri, 29 Mar 2024 to Mon, 1 Apr 2024
|Organisers:||National Band Council Australia (NBCA)|
|Type of event:||Championships|
|External website related to this event:||www.nationalbandchampionships.com.au|
|Venue:||University of Adelaide|
|See map below|
SABA is proud to be hosting the 2024 Yamaha Australian National Band Championships.
An Overview of "The Nationals"
The Basics of Competing at a National Championships
The Australian National Band Championships ("The Nationals") brings together musicians of all skill levels from diverse backgrounds across Australia (and worldwide) to compete in a friendly and constructive environment to be crowned Champions of Australia. The Nationals comprises three distinct events, the On-stage Championships, Marching Championships and Solo/Ensemble Championships. The Nationals are usually held over the Easter long weekend. In 2024, they will be in Adelaide, SA, from 29th March - 1st April, at Elder Hall and surrounding venues.
The Nationals follows the regulations set by the National Band Council of Australia and are updated yearly. Please click here for the latest Year Book.
The On-Stage Championship is open to brass and concert bands across Australia and worldwide. Bands are classified as Open or Junior, and each classification comprises multiple grades. For example, the open sections have four grades, A, B, C, and D (with A being the most difficult), while the Junior sections have three grades A, B, and C.
Bands are required to perform four items when competing at the National Band Championships; these are as follows:
The Hymn or Sacred Item can only be a reflective piece connected with religion or of a spiritual nature.
Every band must perform this work in their Band grade.
Own Choice Selection
This piece is a significant work chosen by the band, which highlights the band's strengths.
The march comes from a special list called the 'NBCA Prescribed March List'.
These four pieces are performed to an audience and the adjudicators and marked out a total of 600 points:
The band gaining the highest number of points shall be the Australian National Champion for that grade. In a tie in aggregate points, the winner shall be the band acquiring the highest number of points in the Test Piece.
Time Limits for all events are below:
Hymn (All grades) - 6 minutes
Own Choice Selection A and B Grade - 23 minutes
Own Choice Selection C and D Grades - 18 minutes
Own Choice Junior A Grade - 16 minutes
Own Choice Junior B Grade - 13 minutes
Own Choice Junior C Grade - 10 minutes
No time limit for the On-Stage March - this is from the NBCA Prescribed March List
Player Limits for on Stage Events:
Note maximum player numbers on stage are as per current NBCA regulations:
Brass – maximum 34 instrumentalists + percussion as required
Concert – maximum 70 instrumentalists + percussion as required
Seating plans are necessary so we can prepare the stage for your performance. These are due 6 weeks before the event.
For all Open Brass bands, entry into the On-Stage Championships requires participating in the Parade of Bands. Concert bands and Junior Brass bands may also compete in the Parade of Bands, though this is not compulsory. Bands can choose a different march for the Parade of Bands from their On-Stage Championship.
There are four elements to competing in the Parade of Bands.
Inspection (20 points)
Bands are inspected before marching in the Parade of Bands. Points are deducted for errors, including incorrect spacing in ranks and files, instability in the ranks and other irregularities. (see NBCA Drill Handbook)
Music (40 points)
Points are awarded on the quality of the music being produced whilst a band is marching.
Change of Direction (20 points)
Points are awarded based on the execution and entertainment value of the change of direction.
Drill (100 points)
Points are awarded based on how well a band executes the marching evolutions.
The band in each grade gaining the highest aggregate points for these four items will be declared the Champion Marching Band.
Solo & Ensemble Championships
All soloists perform a test piece that has been chosen specifically for their instrument and age group (Open; Junior - U/19).
Soloists generally perform their pieces with piano accompaniment and are scored out of 100 points. The following sections will be contested at the Nationals:
Eb Soprano Cornet, Bb Cornet, Bb Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Eb Tenor Horn, French Horn, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, High Tuba (EEb & F), Low Tuba (BBb & C).
Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone.
Side/Snare Drum, Mallet Percussion, Timpani, Multi Percussion.
Champion of Champions — Brass & Woodwind (10 min time limit)
The competitors who win their respective solo championships are invited to compete in an additional Champion of Champions event. This event showcases the best of the best and allows competitors to perform a piece of their own choice. The Champion of Champion events are held for Open Brass, Open Woodwind, Junior Brass and Junior Woodwind sections.
The Champion Percussionist
The Champion Percussionist is determined by allocating 5, 3 and 2 points to competitors who come 1st, 2nd and 3rd and 1 point to competitors who don't place in each of the four Open and Junior percussion sections. Those points are then aggregated to determine the Open and Junior Champion Percussionist.
Quartets and Quintets (12 min time limit)
The following ensemble sections are contested at the Nationals. Quartets and Quintets involve four or five players performing a work of their choosing and receiving a score out of 100.