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Australian Championships (B Grade)

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Past Results

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Date Winner Conductor Test Piece
12th Apr 2020 No Contest. Canceled due to Corona Virus Outbreak (Notice see A Grade).
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
3rd Apr 2010
12th Apr 2009
23rd Mar 2008
8th Apr 2007
16th Apr 2006
27th Mar 2005
11th Apr 2004
21st Apr 2003
1st Apr 2002
14th Apr 2001
22nd Apr 2000
3rd Apr 1999
13th Apr 1998
29th Mar 1997
7th Apr 1996
15th Apr 1995
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2nd Apr 1994
10th Apr 1993
18th Apr 1992
30th Mar 1991
14th Apr 1990
26th Mar 1989
2nd Apr 1988
18th Apr 1987
29th Mar 1986
5th Apr 1985
20th Apr 1984
1st Apr 1983
9th Apr 1982
17th Apr 1981
6th Apr 1980
15th Apr 1979
25th Mar 1978
10th Apr 1977
16th Apr 1976
28th Mar 1975
14th Apr 1974
3rd Nov 1973
22nd Oct 1972
11th Apr 1971
13th Jun 1970
5th Apr 1969
2nd Nov 1968
21st Oct 1967
9th Apr 1966
24th Oct 1964
27th Oct 1962
30th Oct 1961
18th Apr 1960
26th Jan 1959
7th Apr 1958
1st Nov 1957
28th Oct 1956
20th Oct 1955
1954 No Contest. Cancelled due to influenza epidemic.
8th Nov 1953
14th Apr 1952
28th Oct 1951
15th Sep 1950
10th Apr 1950 No Contest. The scheduled 1949 Australian championships (the first held in Tasmania) were postponed until this date. Timeline of events: November 1948: Announced that the 1949 championship would be held in Tasmania, the first time held there. Originally scheduled: Venue - York Oval, Launceston commencing 14th November 1949. May 1949: Date changed to 24th-28th December 1949; 25 + bands anticipated to attend, 15 from interstate. 2nd November 1949: Championship abandoned due to poliomyelitis epidemic. 17th December 1949: Approval from Australian Band Council to hold the 1949 championships on the following Easter (8th-10th April 1950). It seems only 3 bands entered (all A Grade and from Victoria; Tasmania had no A Grade bands at the time). The contest opened on Sunday 9th with the quickstep march for A grade; 8 local lower grade bands attended for display only. Monday 10th at 2pm: "A" grade played their test and O/C selections. No lower grade contests were held.
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.
1948 No Contest. 1948 Nationals run as A Grade only.
3rd Apr 1947
1st Jan 1946
31st Mar 1945
1940 No Contest. Not run again until 1945, owing to war.
9th Apr 1939
31st Jan 1938
1937 No Contest. 1937 Nationals run as A Grade only.
28th Oct 1936
21st Apr 1935
1934 No Contest. 1934 Nationals run as A Grade only.
1933 No Contest. Contest not held.
27th Mar 1932
26th Jan 1931
1930 No Contest. Contest not held.
3rd Apr 1929
26th Jan 1928
6th Apr 1926
22nd Apr 1924
29th Mar 1923
29th Oct 1922
26th Jan 1921
23rd Oct 1920
24th Jan 1919
24th Jan 1915
25th Oct 1914
26th Jan 1913
25th Oct 1912
26th Jan 1911
22nd Oct 1910
5th Apr 1909
27th Oct 1908
3rd Apr 1908
26th Oct 1907
3rd Nov 1906
26th Oct 1905
6th Nov 1897

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Years Band
1976 1977 1978 Cairns Municipal (Qld)

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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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