2023 State Band Championships

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WHEN: August 19th and 20th , 2023

WHERE: Loreto College, 1600 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central

The VBL, in conjunction with the Royal South Street Society, is pleased to announce that the 2023 State Band Championships shall be held in Ballarat on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of August.

The adjudicator for the event will be Maureen Cameron. Maureen pursued her music education at Salford College, under the tutelage of distinguished professors such as David King, Roy Newsome, and Elgar Howarth and was one of the last students to work with the legendary Harry Mortimer OBE before completing her studies. She was a long-standing member of the world-famous Foden’s Band (England) and maintains active ties with the band. She has won most major Brass Band titles in Europe and Australia as either a player or conductor and her school ensembles have achieved considerable success in UK and Australia including performances at BBC Proms. She is currently Musical Director of ‘Women in Brass’ and is a playing member with the 2023, Champion Brass Band of Australia, Sydney City Brass. You can read more about her here.

The schedule for the weekend is below:

Timetable 2023 State Band Championships
Saturday 19 August
SectionStart TimeNo of Bands
Open C Grade Concert  8:45 AM2
Junior C Grade Concert10:15 AM1
Open B Grade Concert10:45 AM1
Open D Grade Brass 1:00 PM5
Open B Grade Brass  6:15 PM5
Sunday 20 August
SectionStart TimeNo of Bands
Open C Grade Brass 8:15 AM7
Junior C Grade Brass 2:45 PM2
Junior B Grade Brass 3:45 PM1
Open A Grade Brass 5:00 PM3

The set work for each of the following grades will be:

Junior Brass & Concert Bands – Own Choice

Open Concert Bands – Own Choice BUT one of the pieces in the program must be by an Australian composer

Open A Grade Brass – Mind Dances by Fendall Hill

Open B Grade Brass – Lions of Legend by Thierry Deleruyelle

Open C Grade Brass – Lucid Perspectives by Lucy Pankhurst, Andrew Baker and Paul McGhee (LISTEN TO THE WORK HERE)

For Open D Grade Brass the set work will be a march – MB100 by Barrie Gott. This means Open D Grade Brass Bands will all play the same March but will pick their own Hymn, Major Work and Concert Item.

Band Program:

Saturday August 19th
Open C Grade Concert
Name of BandWork 1Work 2Work 3Work 4
Ballarat Memorial Concert BandAustralian Up-Country Tune by Composer: Percy Aldridge Grainger Arranged for Concert Band By Glenn Cliffe BainumThe Four Noble Truths by Philip SparkeMekong by Robert W. SmithMercury by Jan Van der Roost
Shepparton Brass and WindEspana Cani by Pascual Marquina arr. Robert LongfieldBenediction by John StevensThe Hornet’s Nest by Ralph HultgrenDrums A-Plenty by James Christensen
Junior C Grade Concert
Name of BandWork 1Work 2Work 3Work 4
Genazzano FCJ College Symphonic BandEvergreen Escapades by Adrian B. SimsMigaloo (White Whale) by Claire PetherickLos Banditos by Quincy HilliardN/A by N/A
Open B Grade Concert
Name of BandWork 1Work 2Work 3Work 4
Southern Area Concert BandRadetzky March by Johann Strauss Sr. arr. Alfred ReedSalvation is Created by Pavel Tschesnokoff arr. Bruce HouseknechtProcession: To a New Age by Brian HoggOctober by Eric Whitacre
Open D Grade Brass
Name of BandWork 1Work 2Work 3Work 4
Boroondara Harmony BrassAll Through the Night by Traditional arr. Gordon LangfordAnglian Dances by Alan FernieMB 100 by Barrie GottSir Duke by Stevie Wonder Arr. Goff Richards
Mornington Youth and Citizens Brass BandMB 100 by Barrie GottMusic For Greenwich by Edward GregsonFriarmere Vicarage by Simon Beckley arr. Noel Tredinnick (four-part harmony) arr. John Beckley (brass band)The Beatles Go Brass by John Lennon and Paul McCartney arr. Alan Fernie
Ararat City BandGuardian of my soul by Darren ShawMB 100 by Barrie GottBroken Sword by Kevin HoubenEssence of Brass by Gavin Somerset
Hyde Street Youth BandSainte-Chapelle by Eric Whitacre arr. Daniel DinhMB 100 by Barrie GottSt Louis Blues March by WC Handy arr. James SwintonVariations on ‘Laudate Dominum’ by Edward Gregson
City of Ballarat municipal youth brass bandMamma mia by Bjorn ulvaeus and benny anderson. Arranger is frank bernaertsA little prayer by Evelyn glennie. Arranged by robert childsAn Australian fantasy by Gordon langfordMB 100 by Barrie Gott
Open B Grade Brass
Name of BandWork 1Work 2Work 3Work 4
Darebin City Brass – Northern BrassThe Cossack by William RimmerLions of Legends by Thierry DeleruyelleLloyd by Alan FernieSaint-Saens Variations by Philip Sparke
City of Greater Dandenong BandHorizons by Paul Lovatt-CooperDear Lord and Father by Charles Parry arr. Peter GrahamPunchinello by William RimmerLions of Legends by Thierry Deleruyelle
Boroondara BrassIn Christ Alone by Stuart Townend & Keith Getty arr Martin CordnerHook by John WilliamsLions of Legends by Thierry DeleruyelleMephistopheles by Shipley Douglas
Geelong West Brass BandPrelude on Lavenham by Geoffrey NobesLions of Legends by Theirry DeleruyelleThe Children of Sanchez by Chuck Mangione Arranged by Reid, GiljeO.R.B by Charles Anderson
Box Hill City BandEternal Father Strong to Save by William Whiting/John Dykes arr. Jacob de HaanFandango by Joseph TurrinLions of Legends by Thierry DeleruyelleCentaur (Contest March) by Derek M. Broadbent

Sunday August 20th
Open C Grade Brass
Name of BandWork 1Work 2Work 3Work 4
Creswick Brass BandNearer, My God, to Thee by arr. Jared McCunnieLucid Perspectives by Lucy Pankhurst, Andrew Baker, Paul McGheeMarch of the Cobblers by Bob Barratt and Edrich SiebertBoney M. – The Greatest Hits by arr. Alan Fernie
Western BrassOn the Quarterdeck by Kenneth J AlfordAll in the April Evening by Sir Hugh S Roberton (arr. Eric Ball)Lucid Perspectives by Lucy Pankhurst, Andrew Baker and Paul McGheeBella Ciao by Italian Traditional (arr. Jared McCunnie)
Moonee Valley BrassI’d rather have Jesus by By George Beverly Shea and Arranged by William HimesLucid Perspectives by Andrew Baker, Lucy Pankhurst, Paul McGheeKingdom Triumphant by Eric BallVictorian Rifles by “Wilton Roche” (a.k.a. William Rimmer)
Sunshine Community BrassLord of All Being, Throned Afar by Hymn Tune “Arizona’ by Henry Earnshaw. Arranged by Jared McCunnieLucid Perspectives by Andrew Baker, Lucy Pankhurst, Paul McGheeSweet Georgia Brown by Pinkard, Casey & Bernie. Arranged by Goff RichardsThe Septuagenarian by Graham Llyod
Whitehorse BrassEt Misericordia by Kim André Arnesen (arr. Mark Ford)Lucid Perspectives by Lucy Pankhurst, Andrew Baker & Paul McGheeHorizons by Paul Lovatt-CooperCastell Coch by T. J. Powell
Wodonga BrassPrismatic Light by Alan FernieLucid Perspectives by Lucy Pankurst, Andrew Baker & Paul McGheeLloyd by Traditional arr. Paul Lovatt-CooperCastell Coch by T.J. Powell
Wonthaggi Cirizens’ BandDear Lord and Father of Mankind by C.H.Parry arranged by Cecil Bolton and Eric BanksLucid Perspectives by Lucy Pankhurst, Andrew Baker, Paul McGheeKnight Templar by George AllenStarburst by Dan Price
Junior C Grade Brass
Name of BandWork 1Work 2Work 3Work 4
Wonthaggi Youth BrassMusic for Greenwich by Edward GregsonAlla Marcia by Ray WoodfieldCamille by Andre WaigneinN/A by N/A
Richmond Youth Brass BandMeditation on ‘Beechwood’ by Kenneth DownieThe Journal of Phileas Fogg by Peter GrahamFlorentiner Marsch by Julius Fucik arr. Rob HumeN/A by N/A
Junior B Grade Brass
Name of BandWork 1Work 2Work 3Work 4
Hyde Street Youth BandHoly, Holy, Holy (Nicaea) by John Bacchus Dykes arr. James CurnowHaunted by Adrian HallamOregon by Jacob de HaanN/A by N/A
Open A Grade Brass
Name of BandWork 1Work 2Work 3Work 4
Darebin City Brass – Preston BandThe Elephant by James Ord Hume)Abide with Me by William Henry Monk, arrarnged for choir by Greg Jasperse, transcribed for band by Espen Haukas)Mind Dances by Fendall HillFanfare and Funk by Oliver Waespi
Footscray Yarraville City BandI Know Thou Art Mine by Leonard BallantineMind Dances by Fendall HillKingdom Triumphant by Eric BallKnight Templar by George Allan
Glenferrie BrassCrimond by Arr: Peter GrahamMind Dances by Fendall HillMallets Show by Bertrand MorenThe Contestor by TJ Powell