A new book detailing the history of the Canberra City Band has been recently released to the public. Written by William Hoffmann OAM and John Sharpe the work highlights the unique place in Australia’s history this long serving group has forged from its earliest days as Ben Chiffley’s baby to the current day.
Established in 1925, the Canberra City Band is believed to be Australia’s oldest community concert band. It was formed as a brass band for the workers constructing the federal capital and became Canberra’s official band supported by Prime Minister Ben Chiffley.
The book is a fascinating and interesting read to both band people and history buffs alike and contains some wonderful facts and stories that will fascinate the reader. It depicts the history of some marvellously dedicated people who have made a significant contribution to the life of Australia’s national capital. A wonderful read and a book of real significance.
Copies can be obtained via the band’s web site www.canberracityband.com
The NBCA contest regulation changes which were approved at the July annual conference have been posted in the revised 2014 NBCA Yearbook which will be applicable at the 2014 National Championship to be held in Brisbane over the Easter weekend in 2014.
While the alterations are mainly administrative in nature it would be advisable for band administrators and secretaries to familiarize themselves with the requirements that apply when submitting entries for bands and soloists for 2014.
The alterations adopted came about after much consideration by state bodies and debate by Councillors at the Brisbane conference and are designed to resolve issues that have become apparent in recent times. A wider explanation of the adopted changes can be ascertained by consulting the 2013 conference minutes which are also posted here.
The NBCA AGM and annual conference which was held in Brisbane on July 19th to 21st proved to be a busy time for the Councillors and executive.
The election of the executive, with the retirement of President Kevin Cameron and Vice President Geoff Fry OAM, resulted in Robert Bedwell being appointed as President and David Peters being appointed to the office of Vice President for the next two years. Robert and David bring a great deal of experience to the positions and their appointments were met with suitable acclaim by the Councillors.
The conference received a detailed report from the hosting committee of the Perth 2013 Championships and the Council extended warm congratulations on the successful staging of an excellent event.
A detailed report was also presented on the preparations for the 2014 Championships to be held in Brisbane.
Motions presented at the conference from State bodies were debated at length with a result that some changes have occurred to the regulations that govern the Championships. These are detailed in the conference minutes now posted on the web site and will be included in the alterations and additions in the 2014 Yearbook which will be posted to the NBCA website shortly.
The National Band Council of Australia advises that nominations from interested persons are now being received for the position of President and Vice President of the Council as outlined in the NBCA's constitution.
Interested persons seeking to contribute to Australia's band world are encouraged to seek nomination via their state body.
Nominations and all inquiries should be directed to the Executive Officer and all nominations MUST be received by the close of business on Friday, 5th July 2013. Nominations received after this date will be rejected in line with the NBCA's Constitution
All nominations received will be considered by the Council at its AGM as part of the annual conference to be held in Brisbane from Friday, 19th July to Sunday 21st July.
Nominations should comply with the NBCA rule 14 in particular 14.6.1 and 14.6.2.
These rules can be referenced in the constitution which is available from the Downloads area of the NBCA web site.
Allen Woodham OAM