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Welcome to the official website of the National Band Council of Australia Inc, the National organisation representing the Brass and Concert Bands of Australia, dedicated to the promotion, fellowship, and development of banding throughout Australia.


The National Band Council of Australia (NBCA) exists to:

  • ensure that national band contests, marching contests and solo and party competitions are conducted under a common set of rules;

  • promote a general love and knowledge of band music and good fellowship among band persons;

  • promote and control national band contests;

  • provide positive leadership and direction to enable Australian brass and concert bands to achieve their maximum potential through planned administration, policy development and communication.

Latest News:

  • NBCA President - Call for nominations

    Nominations are now open for the position of President of the NBCA. The National Band Council of Australia (NBCA) is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation that facilitates the Australian National Band Championships and promotes a general love and knowledge of band music and good fellowship among band persons. The Council is comprised of representatives from affiliated State Governing Bodies. The position of President supports the Council through: Legal and financial accountability Read More
  • Female Composers

    Reading some of the responses to the selection of Test Pieces for the 2022 Australian Nationals made it clear that we need to be more involved in selecting and promoting works by a diverse range of composers. I have chatted with Dr Jodie Blackshaw on this topic, and one of her most powerful messages is that there is a lot of great music by diverse composers, but we as conductors Read More
  • Christmas Greetings

    As we reach the end of 2021, congratulations to all our Australian banding associations, bands, and band members on getting through another difficult year. Thanks to BANSW for running the wonderful ANOFOB in April this year, where 73 bands from around the country and one from the USA came together to celebrate banding in a digital age. Congrats to QBA, WABA, and TBL on running successful state championships this year Read More
  • NBCA November Conference

    The NBCA Councillors and Executive held a productive November conference on Sunday morning. The council covered a range of topics, including: enacting quotas for test pieces at Nationals to support a diverse range of composers, ages for junior band members, live-streaming parts of NBCA conferences, emerging from COVID and what support NBCA can provide to member states, enacting conversations with other music organisations and the federal arts minister, and updates Read More
  • Dr Paul De Cinque Elected NBCA President

    It is with much pleasure that we announce that Dr Paul De Cinque, the Chair of Brass and Music Education at the University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music has been elected President of the NBCA. We welcome Paul and his considerable experience and expertise in the community music sector and look forward to continuing to develop an NBCA that truly reflects the desires and interests of the Australian banding Read More
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About Us

The National Band Council of Australia is a representative body formed by agreement of the Australian State Governing Bodies which represent the six Australian States. It is incorporated under the relevant New South Wales legislation.

The NBCA acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and to their Elders past, present and emerging.


Megan Stapleton
NBCA Executive Officer
executiveofficer@nbca.asn.au

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