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FABB 2013: Draw

Hi Loyal Viewers,

Here is the draw for this weekend at FABB:
This information has already been circulated to the competing bands, and being printed in programs at QPAC – so I’m not giving away and state secrets here!

Saturday 5th October

Own Choice competition – this won’t be streamed, sorry. If you’re anywhere near Brisbane, make sure you get along to QPAC to watch in person!

Sunday 6th October
Australasian Entertainment Open – QPAC

This section WILL be live streamed.
Don’t forget – daylight savings will hit NSW, Victoria and Tasmania on Saturday night. QLD doesn’t do daylight savings (so their curtains don’t fade), so plan your viewing accordingly…
  1. South Brisbane Federal 11.00 QLD time
  2. Boroondara Brass 11.45 QLD time
  3. Brisbane Excelsior 12.30 QLD time
  4. St. Marys Band Club Band 13.15 QLD time
  5. Footscray Yarraville 14.00 QLD time
  6. Glenorchy City Concert Brass 14.45 QLD time
  7. Warringah Brass 15.30 QLD time

Gala Concert: 6.00 – 7.30pm (QLD Time), Sunday 6th October

This concert WILL be live streamed
All A grade results including those of the Qld States will be issued at the completion of the Gala concert on Sunday night.

The Gala features a soloist concert featuring

  • Brett Baker United Kingdom
  • Dominic Longhurst NSW
  • Adam Bokaris NSW
  • Thomas Allely QLD
  • Mike Ford New Zealand
  • Riki McDonnell New Zealand
  • Amanda Casagrande Qld
  • Todd Burke Qld

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Brass Fest 2013

Hi Loyal Viewers,

Next up, I’ll be streaming the Competition-Formerly-Known-As-Fabb: BRASSFEST. The competition takes place October 5 and 6, at QPAC in the heart of Brisbane, Australia. Brassbanned will be bringing you all the action from the Sunday of the competition – covering the ‘Entertainment’ section, as well as the Gala concert. I will be putting a schedule up, including bands and times as soon as I hear what’s going on.

Tickets are still available at the door, and I strongly suggest that anyone with about 3 hours of Brisbane makes the effort to get to QPAC to hear some sensational performances, and support brass banding!

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Street March Sensation: Australian Nationals Live Stream 2013

Hi Loyal Viewers

Did you manage to join us on the live broadcast of the Street March? It was thrilling stuff. We had marching girls, impromptu interviews with some luminaries of Australian Banding – including Brisbane Excelsior’s President, the Chairman of the Federation of Australasian Brass Bands, The MD of St Mary’s Band Club, the MD of Hawthorn Band as well as a host of other special guests.

Standing up close and personal with the bands as they stepped off there was a pretty clear difference in sound between bands the like marching, and those that just (barely) tolerate marching. Some of the A Grade bands that don’t really enjoy it had a worse sound than a couple of the D Grade bands that give it a red hot go.

There was some excellent drum majoring – a special mention must go to Ross Moloney of Brisbane Excelsior who managed to do 24 mace twirls while stepping off with his band – these were twirls across both hands. Chris Lee, Drum Major of Darebin band gets the award for probably the highest mace throw and catch.

I have no idea who is going to win. I don’t even really know the rules. I do know it was great weather, and a fun spectacle with a very large crowd turning out. The funny thing about brass bands is that they seem to hate marching in competition, but love marching on civic occasions – like ANZAC Day. I think it’s important Brass Bands keep up their marching…otherwise I’m pretty sure councils around Australia would stop funding them and the whole movement would be in trouble!

Stick around later this afternoon for the Open A Grade Concert Bands, starting at about 1:20pm local (Perth) time.

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