Pre-Nationals Interview: Kew Band Melbourne

Hi Loyal Viewers,

As promised, I’ve started to publish some of the interviews I’ve had a chance to make so far. Unfortunately I won’t have a chance to get around to all the bands – although I’m doing my best to speak with representatives of all the Victorian Bands. I’m driving up to Brisbane next Monday / Tuesday, so if anyone on the east coast feels like an interview, please send me an email to and we’ll try to set something up.

Also, please make sure you’re keeping an eye on the Brassbanned Facebook Page – I’ll be posting lots of updates there in the lead-up to and throughout the competition. I’ve even made a Facebook Event for the live broadcast – make sure you like the Page, Join the Event, and invite any and all of your friends and family who would enjoy watching the live broadcast.

I caught up with John Conway from Kew Band Melbourne last week – he agreed to a quick interview, and we talked about how the band is preparing, what their Own Choice work is, as well as the ambitious plans for a street march win!


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Brassbanned: Not Just Brass Bands

Sounding great at yesterday's concert!

Brisbane Brass: Sounding great at yesterday’s concert!

Hi Loyal Viewers,

I’ve had a few requests over the last few days about the non-brass events at the upcoming National Championship. I’m very happy to confirm that I will be live broadcasting as much of the Wind Band sessions as I possibly can. There may be some overlap on the Saturday morning with the Street March, but other than that I’ll be streaming almost everything that happens.

I’m actually taking at least 2 complete streaming setups to the competition – one for each of the main auditoriums. I haven’t yet had a really good look at the schedule, but I know that the A & B grade brass events will be in one hall at the same time that the C & D grade bands are running in the other hall, on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. In other years, the Wind Bands have played on the Saturday in between. I think that is probably what will happen this time as well! There will also be junior Wind Bands playing on the Thursday before Good Friday.

So, please spread the word to any and all lovers of either wind or brass band music that there will be a smorgasbord of entertainment on offer this Easter Weekend, live on Brassbanned.

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Nationals – coming soon!

Hi Loyal Viewers,

Hope you’re all doing well. I’m ok – thanks for asking.

The 2014 Australian National Band Championships happen in 2 weeks time! I will be bringing you live streams of absolutely everything – as well as heaps of lead-up interviews. I’m doing my best to get around to as many bands as possible. If you feel left out, send me an email and I’ll get in touch with you as well.

I’ve also updated the website – I hope it doesn’t offend your eyes too much…

Keep an eye on the site – lots of updates to come over the next few weeks!

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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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