NSW Government support for community bands

Sydney Wind Symphony

Sydney Wind Symphony

Twenty-one community bands across NSW will share in almost $30,000 NSW Government funding to reach new audiences and further develop their performance skills and musicianship.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the funding will support activities including workshops, concerts, sister band relationships and development of promotional, production and IT skills. “The NSW Government is proud to support community bands that contribute to nurturing talented musicians across NSW,” Mr Grant said.

“These Community Band Development Grants will help bands expand their skills, gain new audiences and promote their activities.”

The peak organising body for community and school brass and wind bands, and the Band Association of NSW, on behalf of Arts NSW, administers the grants.

The 2016 Community Band Development Grant recipients are:

Armidale City Band: $1,800 for mentoring and a workshop involving five regional bands in the Armidale region with a focus on youth development, culminating in a regional youth concert.

Blue Mountains Youth Concert Band: $1,300 for an intensive workshop and public concert.

Campbelltown-Camden District Band: $1,000 for a development program to be held in conjunction with five schools in the Wollondilly and Picton areas.

Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra: $1,200 for creation of promotional material with the aim of attracting new players to the band and promoting performance opportunities.

City of Orange Brass Band: $1,000 for a concert tour of regional towns and villages.

City of Wollongong Band: $2,500 to assist with the promotion of three concerts at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. Two of the concerts will feature the Brass Band and one will feature the newly established Wind Band.

Forbes Town Band: $1,200 for the band to conduct a workshop with the local town and school bands at the Tottenham Rail Centenary event.

Gunnedah Shire Band: $2,500 for a community event showcase focusing on youth and audience development featuring the band performing a concert and involving local schools.

Hills Music Academy: $1,500 to hold a “Last Night At The Proms” concert at the Castle Hill RSL Club. The concert will include Castle Hill Pipes and Drums as special guests.

Hunter Regional Band Association: $1,250 for the presentation of two festivals in Newcastle involving up to 12 bands performing 30 minute concerts.

Lakes Concert Band (Central Coast): $1,500 towards a concert series for school age children around the Lakes area to develop and encourage junior band development and participation.

Lane Cove Concert Band: $1,500 for a combined workshop and concert involving the Lane Cove Band and Chatswood High School bands with Australian trumpeter and composer Ralph Hultgren.

Leeton Town Band: $1,035 for the Krazy Kids Klapping project involving children making and learning to play percussion instruments made from recycled materials as part of the Leeton Outback Band Spectacular.

Manly District Band: $1,300 for promotion of two concerts in St Mathews Church, Manly.

Nambucca District Band: $2,000 for a one-day workshop involving five local regional bands and targeting school age and adult players, culminating in a combined concert.

Sapphire Coast Concert Band: $1,900 for a weekend music camp to develop playing abilities with prominent music educator Roland Yeung, culminating in a public concert.

South Pacific Concert Band: $600 for a workshop involving members of the band in rehearsal with the Navy Band in Sydney, and development of marketing material and advertising.

Sutherland PCYC Band: $1,500 to develop a sister band relationship with Forbes Town Band. A tour to Forbes will involve workshops and a free combined concert.

Sydney Wind Symphony: $1,300 for a workshop and concert featuring the world premiere of a wind band arrangement of Purgatory by Philip Rugel as well as operatic arias with wind band accompaniment and vocal soloists.

Warringah Concert Brass Band: $750 for a charity concert and workshops in local schools aimed at re-establishing a junior band and recruiting players. Funding will also support a concert at Sydney Congress Hall featuring International guest soloist Glen Van Looy.

Willoughby Brass Band: $1,265 to engage composer Brendan Collins to write four new carols plus a new work for brass and voices that will be premiered at the Carols by Candlelight, and workshops with local schools culminating in a combined concert.

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Published: 20 July 2016