In 2018 the Association will be working towards hosting a number of masterclasses/workshops.  Please check here regularly for any updates.

There will be a Percussion masterclass 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.

Upcoming Conductor’s Workshop – February 10-11, 2018
Venue: Gosford City Brass Band Hall, West Gosford

To all aspiring and new conductors;

We would like to congratulate and thank our first 12 workshop participants who came along to our first Conductors Workshop in October 2017!  Although the weather was not as kind to us as it could have been, it was just perfect for the setting we were in – the Blue Mountains at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts.

Our participants came from far and wide in NSW with some travelling 5 hours or more just to be there.  It makes us fully aware that the need to hold these workshops is an important part of our movement and has been long overdue.

BANSW would like to thank our facilitator, Eddie Claxton for putting together and running this workshop.  As a volunteer organisation, we can only hold these workshops if someone puts their hand up.  Eddie has done a wonderful job on this workshop and we couldn’t be more pleased.

The participants of the workshop came to us with varying degrees of experience and it was humbling to see those with more experience work with others who had little to no experience. What has become evident is that these workshops need to be based on how to have an effective rehearsal.  Once this is under control, the rest should fall into place.

The feedback provided by participants was greatly appreciated and will enable the Association to run this course again.The natural progression beyond this will be to hold extension workshops as experience grows. Ideally we will be looking at late 2018 for these workshops to commence.

Held over the course of a weekend, we will continue with the format of theory on the first day and then practical on the following day.

This information sheet will provide intended interested parties more information about the course.

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

Our upcoming workshop will only have 9 spaces available so you must register your interest quickly and make payment to secure your spot. Payment should be made by electronic transfer only to BSB 082367 Account 038964016 in the name of The Band Association of NSW.  Please ensure that you include your name in the payment so that we know who it has come from.

This is an Association-run event so interested participants should be a member of an Association registered band.

Register your interest here now – Update: 14 January 2018 – Workshop is now FULL. Participants have been contacted with further information.  If you have not received an information email from the Association Secretary please contact the Secretary (