In 2017 the Association will be working towards hosting a number of masterclasses/workshops.  Please check here regularly for any updates.

The first confirmed workshop will be the Percussion masterclasses held for Juvenile and Junior Percussion entrants to the NSW State Solo & Party Championships in June. The masterclasses will be run by the Percussion adjudicator and will involve feedback on performance, techniques and helpful advice.

A Secretary workshop will be held later in the year.  This workshop will be held not only in a Sydney location but will also travel to a country location/s depending on interest shown.  This workshop will work through the key points required of a secretary in a community band and a number of Management Committee members will be on hand to provide information and advice on the day.  A workbook will be provided to each participant.

Depending on interest from the community smaller masterclasses and workshops will be advertised that focus on small ensembles, individual instruments, conducting etc.  If you have an idea for a workshop or something that you would like for the Association to do please feel free to let us know.

Conductor’s Retreat – October 14/15 2017
Venue: Wentworth Falls School of Arts

Expressions of interest has now closed for this workshop and we have had a fantastic response it. Thank you to all who have contacted us. We have been very humbled by the responses!

Everyone who has expressed an interest in attending this workshop will now be contacted so that we can start to confirm places.  If you do not receive an email from the Association Secretary by July 14th 2017 please contact us.

For those of you who have not expressed an interest but would like to know a bit more about this workshop, please take a look at this information sheet.  Further workshops are intended to be held in NSW areas during the course of 2018 so we would love to see you there.

The facilitator for this workshop is Mr Eddie Claxton. A bit of background information about Eddie can be found here.


To all aspiring and new conductors;

We are excited to announce that we will be holding the first in a series of planned conductor workshops on the above dates!

Our retreat will be held in the lovely Blue Mountains, west of Sydney so why not make it a weekend away! More details about this exciting weekend will be made available soon. This workshop is aimed at beginners or those that haven’t been conducting for a while and wish to do a refresher.  We will have a local band participating in the workshop that will play easy music for the conductors to work with.

This retreat would not be possible without the assistance of Create NSW so we are looking to fill all spots available and to make this a very enjoyable weekend (with some hard work in the middle of it!) for all involved.

Our intention is to be able to take this and other workshops planned for 2018 on the road and visit as many bands and areas in NSW/ACT as possible.  We can only do this with the banding community support.