2024 NSW New Band Repertoire Reading & Resource Day - Highlights Reel

NSW New Band Repertoire Reading & Resource Day


The Band Association of NSW is delighted to announce that we are hosting a New Band Repertoire Reading & Resource Day on Sunday 4 February, 2024 with the support of ABODA NSW at the Petersham Town Hall.

Play through new release band music from Australian and International publishers.

As well as playing through new and exciting works, participants will be able to visit trade displays, catch up with colleagues, share ideas and enjoy a tasty lunch.

Early Bird Registration until 19 January costs $55 (inc. GST) including morning/afternoon tea and lunch. The cost for registration following this date will increase to $77 (inc. GST).

December 22 – Music Submission due date for Composers/Publishers – now closed
January 5 – Close for Expressions of Interest for a Trade Stand
January 19 – Close for Early Bird Registration

Proposed Schedule (may be subject to change):

9:30 Registration
10:00 Concert Band Session 1
11:30 Morning Tea
12:00 Concert Band Session 2
1:30 Lunch
2:30 Brass Band Session
4:30 Afternoon Tea
5:00 Conclusion

Composers & Publishers - Submit Works - now closed

23/12/23 - The submission of works to be considered for this event has now closed. We have been overwhelmed with the response to this event. We will advise in due course if your work will be listed but given the amount that has been received, we will also be looking at whether works can be considered for other events planned for this year.  We will be in contact if we can look to use works in other events. 


Please complete this form to register your work for consideration at the 2024 New Band Repertoire Reading & Resource Day.

You can submit multiple works for consideration, but only one piece can be submitted per form. Your music must be considered a new repertoire with a publishing date of 2020 or later.

As we wish to support local businesses, all works submitted must be available for purchase from an Australian store/website.


Participants - Register Here


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What sessions will you attend?
What is your main Concert Band instrument?
To assist with ensemble balance, are you willing to play a secondary instrument? We will contact you if we'd like you to bring one of these instruments instead of your main instrument.
What is your main Brass Band instrument?
To assist with ensemble balance, are you willing to play a secondary instrument? We will contact you if we'd like you to bring one of these instruments instead of your main instrument.
To assist with forward planning, what type of music are you considering purchasing in 2024?
Morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea is provided in the registration fee. Do you have any dietary restrictions we should be aware of?
I understand the cost is $55 for Early Bird Registration (up until 19th January) or $77 (from 20th January up until event day). Prices include GST.
Price: $77.00

Music Suppliers - Trade Display Application - now closed

We are calling for expressions of interest for a limited number of boutique publishers and retailers who are interested in setting up a trade stand on the day.

Trade area space is limited. Allocations including display area sizes and prices will be confirmed after the closing date of 5 January 2024.




Welcome to our conductors that will be running the sessions at the upcoming New Band Repertoire Reading & Resource Day


Concert Band


Andrew McWade


Andrew McWade was appointed Director of Bands at Barker in 2015 and has worked as an ensemble director for over a decade. He is also the founding music director of the Old Barker Association’s North Shore Wind Symphony, one of Australia’s premiere wind bands. He holds two degrees from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, a Bachelor of Music Education, with a principal study in saxophone, and a Master of Music Studies in conducting.

Andrew has been involved in wind ensembles since a very young age. He has been a guest conductor for many high school ensembles, representative combined high school music camps and university ensembles including the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony. He has also toured around Australia and internationally, performing with and conducting groups on three continents.

Andrew has been fortunate to study and learn from many of Australia’s leading music educators and has also participated in international conducting symposiums. He is the President of the NSW Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA), where he organises and leads professional development courses for aspiring conductors and ensemble educators.

In 2017, 2018 and 2019 he received the ABODA Prize for the conductor who prepared the most challenging and entertaining program of the Australian School Band and Orchestra Festivals.


Garry Clark


Conductor Garry Clark brings an abundance of conducting, performing and teaching experience to his leadership of several Bands in Western Sydney. He has a well-deserved reputation for his commitment to the development of instrumental music at a community level, and to providing opportunities for community engagement with the Arts.

He has performed regularly with a wide variety of groups including The Occasional Performing Sinfonia (TOPS), a Western Sydney-based community orchestra, Penrith Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Wind Symphony, North Shore Wind Symphony, Australian Wind Orchestra, Sydney Wind Orchestra, and various other ensembles, orchestras, musical societies and concert bands across Sydney.

As conductor, teacher, performer, administrator and more, Garry has dedicated his professional life to developing public school music programs and community band programs that work together to create an outstanding pathway of learning for young musicians. Garry holds a B Mus/B Teach degree from the University of New England in Armidale, and was awarded the UNE Alumni Achievement Award in 2019. He is one of only three recipients of the 'National Citation of Excellence' from the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors' Association (ABODA).


Brass Band

Eddie Claxton


Eddie Claxton was involved in music and the UK Band scene since the age of 9.  As a young player, he was an active member of County Wind and Brass Bands, honing his skills as a trumpet / cornet player.  After leaving school, Eddie successfully auditioned into the Band of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards, where he spent more than 25 years as a featured soloist, leader of the Dance Band and member of the Band and Orchestra.

Whilst still serving, Eddie managed to find time to train and conduct local brass bands, gaining much success in the field of contesting at both local and National levels, (Championship, 1st and 2nd Grade). Eddie was also in demand as a guest conductor and adjudicator.

In 1999 Eddie retired from the British Army and he and his wife and two children migrated to Australia.  Since arriving in Australia, Eddie has been an active member of the Sydney Brass Band movement, both as a player and conductor.  He took the Liverpool Brass Band to 4 State and one National Contest, achieving joint 1st place at D Grade level.  More recently, Eddie was Musical Director, Southwest Sydney Brass, where he also achieved success at National and local contests.  Eddie and the Band also participated in numerous public performances.  Since leaving Southwest Sydney Brass, Eddie has become a playing member and more recently the deputy conductor of the very popular Fire and Rescue Band NSW.  Again, donning a ‘red’ tunic, however, this time without the bearskin hat.

After spending more than 50 years in the music industry, Eddie is passionate about giving back to the local community and is delighted to be invited to be a guest conductor at the forthcoming New Repertoire Reading Day in February 2024.


Megan Lipworth


Meg Lipworth is an award-winning and ARIA-nominated musician, conductor, educator, and performer, a Bachelor of Music Studies (Percussion) from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from Macquarie University. She has also begun a Master of Teaching.

Meg was the recipient of the Cliff Goodchild Scholarship for Conducting in 2020, and conducts school and community bands throughout Sydney, including two 60-year-old ensembles - Lane Cove Community Bands, and Bondi Brass, which the late great Paul Goodchild bestowed upon her. She has been an adjudicator for a number of eisteddfods and events, including ASBOF (the Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival).

Meg serves on multiple committees, including ABODA NSW, and is often found working as a conductor, instrumental and choral tutor with organisations including The Arts Unit (Department of Education) and SYO Sydney Youth Orchestras.

She is the front-person of accomplished indie-kindie band, TIPTOE GIANTS.

Meg is a passionate educator, nurturer, entertainer, and advocate for accessible and inclusive instrumental music and arts education and experiences, and also works closely with the disability and music therapy communities.