2022 State Band Championships

WHEN: August 20th and 21st , 2022

WHERE: Founders Theatre, Chancellor Dr, Mount Helen


Final Schedule

Saturday 20 August
SectionStart TimeNo of Bands
Junior B Grade Brass11:30 AM1
Open C Grade Concert12 NOON1
Open D Grade Brass1:30 PM5
Open B Grade Brass6:30 PM4
Sunday 21 August
SectionStart TimeNo of Bands
Open C Grade Brass9:00 AM5
Open A Grade Brass2:00 PM3

The VBL, in conjunction with the Royal South Street Society, is pleased to announce that the 2022 State Band Championships shall be held in Ballarat on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of August.

Provisional Schedule

The provisional schedule for the 2022 State Band Championships is as follows. Please note that this schedule is not confirmed and changes are possible depending on entry numbers in each grade.

Saturday 20 Aug

  • Open & Junior Concert Bands
  • Open B Grade Brass Bands
  • Open D Grade Brass Bands

Sunday 21 Aug

  • Open C Grade Brass Bands
  • Open A Grade Brass Bands

Entry Information

Entries close July 3.

Relevant entry information for the 2022 State Band Championships can be found below:

2022 Schedule

Entry Forms

Open Brass & Concert Bands Entry Form
Junior Brass & Concert Bands Entry Form

Contest entry forms can be found above. Completed entry forms are to be returned by email to contests@vbl.org.au by Sunday 3 July 2022.

Entry Fees

Fees are able to be paid by cheque, made payable to “Victorian Bands’ League Inc”, or by direct debit, see entry forms for account information.

Scores & Synopses

A condition of entry into the State Band Championships is that all competitors must provide the VBL a copy of all scores which the band is competing with. Scores must have every bar numbered and all distinguishing marks removed. Bands should also prepare a short synopsis for each piece which will be read out to the audience during the competition. These must be received by Friday 29 July.

Scores and synopses must be emailed to the contest supervisor (contests@vbl.org.au).

Player Registrations

All players competing on-stage must be registered with the VBL or the competing band will be disqualified. Most players will have been registered at the start of the year but any additional players will need to be registered by Friday 5 August.

Contest Declarations & Player Lists

Once all players have been registered, all competitors must complete their Contest Declaration & Player Lists and forward them to the registrar (registrar@vbl.org.au) by Friday 5 August.

Season Passes (for band members)

All competitors will be required to buy a ticket to listen to results on the day. The VBL is offering discount tickets to all competing band members who wish to listen to other bands. These Season Passes are valid for the entire weekend and are available for $7 each. Competitors will not be admitted to the auditorium without a valid ticket..

Season Pass orders should be received by the contest supervisor (contests@vbl.org.au) by Friday 5 August.

Stage Plans

Stage plans should be received by the contest supervisor (contests@vbl.org.au) by Friday 5 August.

Music Selection

The music selection for the 2022 State Band Championships is own choice.

Open Brass & Concert Bands
Must perform four pieces as follows:
• Major Work
• March
• Sacred Item/Hymn
• Concert Item

Junior Brass & Concert Bands
Must perform three pieces as follows:
• Major Work
• 2 Contrasting Concert Items