Young Band Person of the Year

Amanda Crnkovic: 2016 Metropolitan Band Branch Winner and BANSW Young Band Person of the Year

N.S.W State Award

In 1999 the Band Association of N.S.W introduced an award titled Young Musician of the Year Award. The award was subsequently renamed in 2010 to Young Band Person of the Year Award, with an amended selection criterion. The process for selection of the State winner is that the person will be selected from the winner of a functional Band Branch or functional Regional Association or designated Regions that have no functional committees, through a process established by the Band Association of NSW. The presentation of the State winner is generally made at the State Band Championships. The Hunter Regional Band Association had been conducting a Branch award for some years prior to introduction of the award in other Branches and the State in 1999. Winners of the Band Association of N.S.W State Award are:

  • 1999: Laura Parsons – University of Newcastle Wind Orchestra
  • 2000: Melanie Wilson – Castle Hill R.S.L Youth Band
  • 2001: Wiebe Wilbers – City of Wollongong Brass Band
  • 2002: Esther Redenbach – Parkes Shire Concert Band
  • 2003: Scott Ryan – Hunter School of the Performing Arts Bands
  • 2004: Lauren Moule – St. George Brass Band
  • 2005: Kimberley Lovell – Warringah Concert Brass
  • 2006: Rowena Watts – Castle Hill RSL Youth Band
  • 2007: Nicky Abkiewicz – City of Holroyd Brass
  • 2008: Katrina Smith – Castle Hill RSL Youth Band
  • 2009: Chris Moran – Sutherland PCYC Concert Band
  • 2010: Katherine Crnkovic – Liverpool City Brass Band
  • 2011: Matilda Moran – Sutherland PCYC Concert Band
    2012: Joshua Sprake – Sutherland PCYC Concert Band
  • 2013: Nicholas Scott – Toronto Brass
  • 2014: Hannah Gardner – HSPA Senior Concert Band
  • 2015: Jessica Matherson – Sutherland PCYC
  • 2016: Amanda Crnkovic – South West Sydney Brass

Winners of the Hunter Regional Band Association Award are:

  • 1992: Samantha Kelson – Western Lake Macquarie Concert Band
  • 1993: Philip Green – City of Newcastle Wind Orchestra
  • 1994: Luke Bradberry – Maitland City Brass Band
  • 1995: Kenneth Ellis – City of Lake Macquarie Concert Band
  • 1996: Glen Hughes – Western Lake Macquarie Concert Band
  • 1997: Not awarded
  • 1998: Aidan Parkinson – Toronto Brass Band
  • 1999: Laura Parsons – University of Newcastle Wind Orchestra
  • 2000: Genevieve Smith – Toronto Brass Band
  • 2001: John Oto – Newcastle P.C.Y.C Brass Band
  • 2002: Natasha Knopper – Waratah Brass No.1 Newcastle Band
  • 2003: Scott Ryan – Hunter School of the Performing Arts Bands
  • 2004: Ryan Bodilly – University of Newcastle Concert Band
  • 2005: Joshua Hochkins – Hunter School of the Performing Arts & Community Concert Band
  • 2006: Mitchell Clack – Toronto Brass Band
  • 2007: Bronwyn Anderson – Hunter School of the Performing Arts Community Concert Band
  • 2008: Colin Pritchard – Hunter School of the Performing Arts Community Concert Band
  • 2009: Megan Bennett – Hunter School of the Performing Arts Senior Concert Band
  • 2010: Thomas Prichard – Hunter School of the Performing Arts Senior Concert Band
  • 2011: Callan Creed – Western Lake Macquarie Concert Band
  • 2012: Alec Wales – Gosford City Brass Band
  • 2013: Nicholas Scott – Toronto Brass
  • 2014: Hannah Gardner – Hunter School of the Performing Arts Senior Concert Band
  • 2015: Emily Vickery – Hunter School of the Performing Arts Senior Concert Band
  • 2016: Lachlan Gardner – Hunter School of the Performing Arts Senior Concert Band

Winners of the Western District Band Branch Award are:

  • 2002: Esther Redenbach – Parkes Shire Concert Band.

Winners of the Sydney Metropolitan Band Branch Award are:

  • 1999: Toni Newitt – Campbelltown – Camden Concert Band
  • 2000: Melanie Wilson – Castle Hill RSL Youth Concert Band
  • 2001: Wiebe Wilbers – City of Wollongong Brass Band
  • 2002: Craig McGown – Penrith Valley Concert Band
  • 2003: Elizabeth Gray – Sutherland P.C.Y.C Concert Band, Emma Farrell – Penrith Valley Concert Band – Joint winners
  • 2004:  Lauren Moule – St George Brass Band
  • 2005:  Kimberley Lovell – Warringah Concert Brass Band
  • 2006:  Rowena Watts – Castle Hill RSL Youth Band
  • 2007:  Nicky Abkiewicz – City of Holroyd Band
  • 2008:  Katrina Smith – Castle Hill RSL Youth Band
  • 2009:  Chris Moran – Sutherland PCYC Concert Band
  • 2010:  Katherine Crnkovic – Liverpool City Brass Band
  • 2011:  Matilda Moran – Sutherland PCYC Concert Band
  • 2012:  Joshua Sprake – Sutherland P.C.Y.C Concert Band
  • 2013:  Amy Bartlett – Campbelltown-Camden District Concert Band
  • 2014:  Bryce Fairweather – City of Wollongong Band
  • 2015: Jessica Matherson – Sutherland PCYC Concert Band
  • 2016: Amanda Crnkovic – South West Sydney Brass
HUNTER REGIONAL BAND ASSOCIATION’S YOUNG BAND PERSON OF THE YEAR FOR 2015. Emily Vickery, a member of the Hunter School of the Performing Arts Senior Concert Band, is the Hunter Regional Band Association’s Young Band Person of the Year for 2015. Emily has an excellent record of attendance, both at rehearsals and band performances as a member of her Band. She is a competent musician, her instrument being the clarinet. She also plays the saxophone. Emily is the leader of the clarinet section. She is also the appointed Senior Concert Band Leader and, as such, ensures that the program of music to be played is prepared, issued to band members and that the band is ready at both rehearsals and performances for the musical director to commence conducting. She also undertakes administrative tasks that are relevant to the functioning of the band. Emily has been a member of the Marching Show Band and has been involved, together with others, in planning the choreography (routine) essential to the entertainment provided by the Marching Band. She has been responsible for the performance of the clarinet section at marching rehearsals, which are held weekly during school terms. She is an excellent role model for the younger members. Emily was presented with her Award at a rehearsal of the Senior Concert Band by Allan Shaw, Convenor of both the Hunter Regional Band Association Award and the State Award. Her fellow musicians applauded enthusiastically as she accepted the Perpetual Trophy (retained for one year), her Personal Medallion, a Nomination Certificate and a personal cheque. As the Hunter Regional Winner, Emily qualified as a finalist for the Band Association for New South Wales Young Band Person of the Year Award. Allan Shaw, Award Convenor presenting the HRBA Young  

Sydney Metropolitan Band Branch
Young Band Person of the Year
At the Metropolitan Band Branch of Band NSW Solo and Ensemble competition at Georges River Grammar School on 22nd May the Metropolitan YBPOY was presented to Amanda Crnkovic from South West Sydney Brass.
Amanda started playing with Liverpool City Brass in the year 2000 at the age of 8 years old. She continued to play with the band on cornet. In 2009 she was elected to the Liverpool Brass committee and continued on the committee until 2013 when she was elected president of Liverpool Band. She continued on solo cornet and was often playing bugle calls at local commemoration services.
At this stage, Amanda was also looking after the junior band and promoting community bands within the young community and training young players in the Liverpool area.
In 2013 Amanda was elected to the Management Committee of Band NSW. She immediately showed the committee some of her talents in helping the Association including her knowledge of social media and currently manages the BANSW Facebook site which promotes the Association events.
In 2014 with reduced numbers in both Liverpool and Yagoona Bands, Amanda was instrumental in the combining of both bands to form South West Sydney Brass mainly for competitions but also to assist both bands with players for events.
With her continuing work new mature players and promoting junior players, Amanda continues to promote both Liverpool and South West Sydney Brass bands and encouraging these new players to push forward and compete in both solos and band competitions.
In 2015 Amanda was part of the Sydney Nationals organising committee taking a very active part in the organising of this event. She was also co- organiser of the Parade of the Bands for the 2015 Anzac Centenary National Band Competition.
Amanda is always willing to help and has been a volunteer for all State Band competitions since joining the management committee and has also recruited many of her family and especially her fiancé to assist. She is also a volunteer for the Metro Band Championships.
Highlights include her participation as part of the BANSW promotional DVD in which she shows her experiences to other young players to encourage them to join a community band.
Amanda has pioneered some great projects including her latest being the Video Entertainment Contest . Also the current band survey using current internet technology to efficiently distribute and collate the results.
Amanda is truly a worth contestant for the Young Band Person of the Year as she continues to promote banding in NSW.

Tony Luck
President
SMBB Band NSW