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Australian Championships (A Grade)

Parade of Bands (PoB): From 2017 not listed separately but mentioned at each resp. Section (A-D, Youth if contested) with Details.
Points: I = Inspection, D = Drill C = Change of Direction, M = Music

Australian Championships (B Grade)

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Past Results

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Date Winner Conductor Test Piece
Apr 2021 No Contest. Contests cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, see Statement of NBCA: The National Band Council of Australia in conjunction with the Band Association of NSW will be conducting the inaugural Australian National Online Festival of Bands (ANOFOB) instead of the Australian National Band Championships which were to be held in Newcastle over Easter 2021. The NBCA would like to encourage all eligible bands to participate in this event under the conditions outlined in the press release. This festival will provide an opportunity for bands to submit for adjudication video recordings of them playing a sacred item, single own choice major work, on stage march or own choice concert item (or any combination of these four items). The festival is all about participation, providing bands with purpose for rehearsals through these times as we attempt to return to our usual high standards, making great music together rather than fierce competition for trophies and titles. Contests originally planned for April 2nd - 5th. 2022 again no Edition due to still ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic (Threats of new Variants like Omicron). Statement NBCA: https://nbca.asn.au/news/delay-to-the-2022-australian-national-band-championships
12th Apr 2020 No Contest. Cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak, see Statement from NBCA: The National Band Council of Australia has made the following statement-- Discussions were held with the National Band Council and the Western Australian organizing committee today following the announcement of a pandemic. It is with regret that the National Contest to be held in Perth (WA) at Easter will not proceed. We are well aware of the amount of preparation that has been made by the organizing committee and individual bands. However, circumstances and concerns by various stakeholders have made us come to this decision This decision was not made lightly but was in the end forced upon us Sincerely Barrie Gott President 12th March 2020
21st Apr 2019
1st Apr 2018
16th Apr 2017
27th Mar 2016
5th Apr 2015
20th Apr 2014
31st Mar 2013
7th Apr 2012
23rd Apr 2011
4th Apr 2010
12th Apr 2009
23rd Mar 2008
8th Apr 2007
16th Apr 2006
26th Mar 2005
11th Apr 2004
21st Apr 2003
29th Mar 2002
14th Apr 2001
22nd Apr 2000
4th Apr 1999
11th Apr 1998
29th Mar 1997
7th Apr 1996
15th Apr 1995
2nd Apr 1994
10th Apr 1993
18th Apr 1992
31st Mar 1991
15th Apr 1990
27th Mar 1989
2nd Apr 1988
18th Apr 1987
29th Mar 1986
7th Apr 1985
22nd Apr 1984
3rd Apr 1983
11th Apr 1982
19th Apr 1981
6th Apr 1980
15th Apr 1979
26th Mar 1978
10th Apr 1977
18th Apr 1976
30th Mar 1975
12th Apr 1974
3rd Nov 1973
21st Oct 1972
9th Apr 1971
14th Jun 1970
7th Apr 1969
2nd Nov 1968
21st Oct 1967
10th Apr 1966
18th Apr 1965
24th Oct 1964
1st Nov 1963
27th Oct 1962
30th Sep 1961
16th Apr 1960
26th Jan 1959
5th Apr 1958
2nd Nov 1957
27th Oct 1956
23rd Oct 1955
1954 No Contest. Cancelled due to influenza epidemic.
8th Nov 1953
12th Apr 1952
28th Oct 1951
16th Sep 1950
10th Apr 1950
14th Nov 1949 No Contest. The scheduled 1949 Australian championships event at Launceston, Tasmania was postponed firstly from the week commencing 14th November 1949 to 24th-28th December 1949, then further from there due to an outbreak of poliomyelitis, eventually being held in the following year, over Easter, 10th April 1950. As a result two Australian championship events were held in 1950, one designated for 1949, in April 1950, and one designated for 1950, in October 1950.
4th Oct 1948
6th Apr 1947
1st Jan 1946
30th Apr 1945
1940 No Contest. Not run again until 1945, owing to war.
11th Apr 1939
2nd Feb 1938
14th Nov 1937
2nd Nov 1936
22nd Apr 1935
28th Jan 1934
1933 No Contest. Contest not held.
28th Mar 1932
28th Jan 1931
1930 No Contest. Contest not held.
2nd Apr 1929
26th Jan 1928
1927 No Contest. Contest not held.
6th Apr 1926
1925 No Contest. Contest not held.
21st Apr 1924
30th Mar 1923
26th Jan 1922
22nd Oct 1921
26th Jan 1920
26th Oct 1919
25th Jan 1918
26th Jan 1916
23rd Oct 1915
26th Jan 1915
24th Oct 1914
27th Jan 1913
28th Jan 1912
28th Oct 1911
28th Jan 1911
27th Jan 1910
23rd Oct 1909
5th Apr 1909
20th Apr 1908
26th Oct 1907
2nd Oct 1906
27th Oct 1905
1st Nov 1903
1st Nov 1902
27th Oct 1901
10th Nov 1899
9th Nov 1897

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Years Band
2005 2006 2007 2008 Brisbane Excelsior (Qld)
1993 1994 1995 Hawthorn City (Vic)
1985 1986 1987 Hawthorn City (Vic)
1975 1976 1977 Hawthorn City (Vic)
1972 1973 1974 Footscray Yarraville City (Vic)
1912 1913 1914 Rozelle District (NSW)

National Championships

See Also

National Band Council of Australia:http://www.nbca.asn.au/resultsarchive.htm

Contest Group Notes

First designated championship Nov 1897 in Sydney, organised by the Band Association of NSW, and billed as the "Intercolonial Band Contest" (this being prior to the federation of Australia in 1901) - although this was the second in the sequence of annual contests of this title (the first being in Nov 1896 in Sydney), it was the first advertised as being for the "Championship of Australia", and the 1896 event is not usually counted as an Australian national championship.

The Australian national contest was in the early years split between NSW and Victoria; the Victorian runnings of the contest were held in Ballarat, and were instances of the Royal South Street Eisteddfod, a general festival of the arts which was inaugurated in 1879, but only included brass band contests from 1900.

From 1903 the championships were split between NSW and Victoria, with even-numbered years featuring an A Grade contest in NSW and B Grade in Victoria, and odd-numbered years vice versa.

Brass bands up to 1907 included reed instruments; valve trombones were common.

From 1909 until 1919, NSW and Victoria each ran their own National contests in opposition to each other; these are both recorded here in their own labelled sections.

1985: Junior B Grade introduced.
1988: Junior C Grade introduced.

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