The Annual General Meeting of the Victorian Bands League was held on Sunday 6 May and the delegates of member bands reflected on a year where much was achieved for banding in Victoria.
Megan Stapleton chaired her last meeting as VBL President, ending a term of six years in the role and more than 15 years as a member of the VBL Executive team. Megan’s achievements have been substantial – the longest continuing term as President of the VBL, the first woman to be elected to the role, and the strengthening of the association in terms of member participation, collaboration, and financial strength. Megan has made a substantial and sustained contribution to the band movement in Victoria and we thank her for the considerable time, commitment and skill she has brought to the role of President.
The newly elected President of the Victorian Bands League is Kevin Cameron. Kevin is Music Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony and Concert Band and Director of Bands and Orchestras at Geelong Grammar School. Kevin is widely known for his work in banding as a leading conductor, adjudicator and educator. He has been involved in banding for over 30 years and has served terms as President of the South Australian Band Association and as President of the National Band Council of Australia (NBCA). Kevin is a life member of the SA Band Association and the Unley Concert Band, where he served 12 years as Music Director.
We congratulate the following delegates on their election to the 2018-19 VBL Executive:
Danny van Bergen – Vice President
Jeremy de Korte – Vice President
Marlene Davies – Treasurer
John Kelly – Registrar
Louise Peters – Minute Secretary
Ian Douglas – Councillor
Con Haralambeas – Councillor
Jenny Barker – Councillor
Fred Trewartha – Councillor
The VBL presented two Life Memberships at yesterday’s meeting. We acknowledge the sustained contribution and commitment of Daniel van Bergen and Peter Heath to the Victorian Bands League.
The new President and VBL Executive look forward to working with our bands and their members as we move forward.