NSW A GRADE CONCERT BAND CHAMPIONS!!!!

WE DID IT!!!

On Saturday our senior band travelled up to Sydney to participate in the NSW A Grade Concert Band Competition, held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith.

Canberra City Band was one of three ensembles playing in the event, and was band number 1 on stage. Our repertoire was as follows.

  1. Hymn – Pacem (A Hymn For Peace), Robert Spittal
  2. Test Piece – Symphony No. 3 For Band (Mvt 1,2 & 4), Vittorio Giannini
  3. Own Choice – Twist, Jodie Blackshaw

Lucky for us we drew first as it meant we got to watch the two incredible concert bands after us, North West Wind Ensemble (Castle Hill), and the Sydney Wind Symphony. We congratulate those ensembles on two very fine performances.

It was incredibly close with all bands in fine form, and our adjudicator Nigel Weeks said it was the one of the toughest decisions he had made.

The final scores were as follows –

  1. Canberra City Band – 238
  2. North West Wind Ensemble – 237
  3. Sydney Wind Symphony – 228

 

On behalf of the organisation, I congratulate all the players involved in the performance, your hard work and dedication produced an incredible performance. One to remember for years to come! On behalf of the organisation and the players, I want to thank our incredible MD, Wyana O’Keeffe, for all her hard work in bringing these wonderful works to life, and her passion and inspiration was paramount to the band’s performance.

Well done to all.

Also some of our members proudly represented us at the NSW State Solo & Ensembles held on the 25th June

Marijke Welvaert – Open Saxophone and Presidents Shield
Open Duet/Trio – Liz Royal, Jordan London and Vince Tee
Open Quartet – Liz Royal, Sarah Pfeiffer, Dave Smith, Nick Husek
Open Ensemble – Andrew Pengilley, Simon Hukin, Farzana Choudrey, Keydan Bruce, Julian Hunt

Well done to all participants, and congratulations on the following placings!!

Open Quartet – 2nd place
Open Ensemble – 1st place

 

Jen – Vice President

GODZILLA EATS LAS VEGAS

Our next major performance will be held on the 26th June 2016 at the Tim Murray Theatre!

GODZILLA EATS LAS VEGAS

A showcase of musical riches from the US OF A . 866676-American-flag-on-a-white-background-with-50-stars-Stock-Vector-flags
Featuring John Williams, Bernstein, Gershwin and the Canberra premiere of Eric Whitacre’s comic show stopper, GODZILLA Eats Las Vegas.

Also featuring the Strange Weather Gospel Choir, and guest vocalist Jenna Roberts.

 

ADULTS: $25
STUDENTS: $15
FAMILY (2+2): $50
CHILD (12 and under): $5

CLICK THE POSTER FOR TICKETS!!! HURRY, WILL SELL FAST!!

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High Court Gallery

Here are some fantastic photos from our concert at the High Court of Australia, with the Canberra Youth Orchestra.

Thanks to Peter Hislop for his wonderful photos.

Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.
Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra City Band at the High Court of Australia.

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS!!!!

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8 YEARS IN A ROW!

We are thrilled to have won the Australian National Eisteddfod A Grade Concert Band Competition, held at Llewellyn Hall last night.

We are very proud of our performance, playing Frank Ticheli’s “Vesuvius” and Australian composer Jodie Blackshaw’s “Twist”.

Once again Ginninderra Wind Orchestra provided us with stiff competition, performing Thomas Doss’ “Stone Age”.

Our development and recreational ensemble, the John Agnew Band, was awarded a Highly Commended and had a special mention from the adjudicator. Well done team!

It was an incredible night, with all ensembles doing the Canberra music scene proud!

We would like to thank the organisers of this wonderful event, and congratulate all ensembles and musicians involved.

Here’s two of our members Tony and Jenny with the winners trophy!

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CCB and CYO at the High Court

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Canberra City Band and the Canberra Youth Orchestra are joining forces to put on a spectacular musical experience at the High Court.

SUNDAY MAY 22nd 2016 – HIGH COURT OF AUSTRALIA

 http://www.hcourt.gov.au/

Bringing together two of the ACT’s most powerful musical forces – Canberra’s official wind and youth orchestras – this performance promises to dazzle and delight. The programme will focus on core works in the repertoire, combining the penchant for electricity and excitement of both these ensembles’ young directors with the scale and boldness appropriate to the setting. Each ensemble will present a number of works, culminating in a combined performance of one of the most revelatory moments in music.

Canberra City Band (CCB) is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious concert bands. Placed second at the 2015 National Band Championships, CCB ranked ahead of ensembles from major conservatoriums around Australia. It is the flagship ensemble of the CCB organisation, currently seven ensembles strong. CCB’s concert series for 2016 will concentrate on presenting new and engaging works by Australian composers, including works commissioned for the Band. The Band performs in venues around the region and is committed to community engagement and art music performance at the highest level.

Canberra Youth Orchestra (CYO) is the premier youth symphony orchestra within the ACT and wider region, bringing together the finest young musicians.  Recently acclaimed as an orchestra of “dedicated and expert young musicians at the top of the game” (CityNews, 24 October 2015), CYO performs four major orchestral concerts in the Llewellyn Hall every year. Conducted by Leonard Weiss, CYO performs a diverse range of repertoire and features world-renowned soloists. Their 2016 concert series, Icons, highlights symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Dvo?ák, Sibelius and Brahms.

 

 

Open Day 2016

Canberra City Band is holding an Open Day on the 27th Feb!! There will be plenty of festivities on, as well as open rehearsals and performances by our ensembles. This is a great opportunity for musicians young and old to come along and get to know our organisation. Learn about all of our ensembles including Canberra City Band, John Agnew Band, Canberra City Juniors, Spectrum Big Band and our newest ensemble launching in the coming months, Canberra City Youth Band. Our friends at Canberra Brass and Music For Canberra will also be there! Looking for a great musical organisation to join? Come along!

Floriade 2014

Join JAB from 11:20 followed by Canberra City Band at 12:00 on Sunday, 14 September at Stage 88 as we welcome Spring to Canberra on the opening weekend of Floriade.

Bring the family and enjoy the flowers, fun and music!

Strike Up the Band!

Strike Up the Band! - 17 Aug, 1pm - High Court foyer

Canberra City Band is legally obliged to tell you we’ll be performing at the High Court of Australia on Sunday, 17th Aug at 1pm!

It will be a full-sitting of the band for an hour of music you won’t want to miss with a diverse mixture of styles including contemporary, latin and turn-of-the-century wind ensemble repertoire.

Give up on an alibi and join us in the foyer.Canberra City Band - High Court. Introduction by Geoff Grey.
Canberra City Band - High Court.
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