Wellington Brass Band return home Champions again!
4 April 2018
Wellington Brass Band wins 2018 Australia Brass Band Championship Title
The Wellington Brass Band return home Champions again!
The Australian national band championships took place in Melbourne over Easter weekend. This year's competition saw over 70 bands, and 3000 attendees compete throughout five main events. Competition is fierce with quality bands such as Brisbane Excelsior and Central Coast Concert Brass attending, and others from as far afield as South Korea also in the mix.
Wellington Brass produced stellar performances throughout the weekend and is pleased to report a clean sweep winning each and every event they entered. In their concluding comments the judges confirmed their placings in each event were unanimous, that the standard of the competition was high, but that Wellington Brass stood out from the rest as deserved winners.
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says: "The Wellington Brass Band was undefeated until last year when Brisbane Excelsior won New Zealand Championship. This is a fantastic outcome for Wellington and brilliant to see the band's champion status reinstated."
Band member Byron Newton said of the performances and results: "Obviously we're delighted with how the event has gone. There is so much work that goes into producing performances like this, the band is really committed to great music making, we have great supporters, and we're all really proud of what we've done over here."
Another member Mark Davey said "It's really cool to be able to attend competitions like this and play so well, we've had a challenging period replacing our long standing music director and we have some new young players in the band, but on stage everything clicked and seemed to work well, we're delighted with the performances"
The record equalling performance sees the Wellington Brass Band bring the famous Firemen’s Helmet trophy back to Wellington. Wellington Brass has won 6 of the last 7 national competitions they've attended.