State Solo Championships
The State Solo & Party Championships is one of two major events hosted by BANSW. This year, due to COVID-19, we are changing the way we hold the contest by moving it online!
Registered members of the Association are offered a choice of events that they can enter depending on age range. Events will be restricted to solo events only. Party events (duets, trios and ensembles) have been postponed and may be held later in the year once restrictions have been lifted.
All solo events are to be own choice and are to be played unaccompanied. The Open Brass test selections that were announced in February 2020 will be moved to 2021 and we are asking entrants not to perform these pieces this year.
Depending on the number of entries received, we may hold a Champion of Champions event later in the year.
Band members wishing to enter the Championships should notify their band secretary before the closing date that they have completed an entry. In line with the reduced online format, entry fees will be discounted to $15 per entry (multi-percussion events have also been reduced). The band secretary is required to arrange payment of entry fees. Entry forms and fees will be accepted until close of business 31st May 2020.
Instructions on how to upload your recording can be found in the ‘Uploading Your Video and Music’ section of this page.
Before submitting an entry, both the member and the band secretary should review all information to ensure that everyone is aware of the condition of entry.
If you have any questions concerning the Online State Solo Championships please contact our Contest Coordinator by email or send us a question using the contact form below.
Event Schedule and Information
All of the individual events (including trophy events) that a registered member can enter with time limits for the Online NSW State Solo Championships can be found here.
All events are considered to be own choice. Open brass test selections that were announced in February 2020 will now be used in 2021. Please DO NOT perform these pieces in the online contest but save them for next years Championships.
Adjudication of events will be completed no later than June 26th and winners will be announced on Facebook during the weekend following this.
In line with a more simplified format, there will be no points awarded, only a winner for each event. Feedback from the adjudicator will also be completed for each entry and distributed back to the bands. Certificates will be issued for the winner of each event and will be emailed to the band secretaries.
Guidelines for selecting music for the Online Contest:
When selecting appropriate music for each grade, the following should be used as a guideline:
Under 15 (Juvenile) events – AMEB Grade 3 or better
Under 19 (Junior) events – AMEB Grade 5 or better
Open events – AMEB Grade 6 or better
Trophy events have restricted entry criteria as follows:
Stewart Douglass Trophy: Slow Melody solo event for Under 15 players of any instrument.
Dora Simm Trophy: Jazz/Popular Music solo event for Under 15 players of any instrument.
Paul Cerezo Trophy: Slow Melody solo event for Under 19 players of any instrument.
Hansen Trophy: Jazz/Popular Music solo event for Under 19 players of any instrument.
Lisa Butcher Memorial Award: Jazz/Popular Music solo event for Open players of any instrument.
Presidents Shield: Slow Melody solo event for Open players of any instrument.
Slow Melody Guidelines
A composition that is purely melodic. No variations or cadenzas, or florid sections e.g continual bars of semiquavers. Tempo generally will not exceed 80 crotchets per minute.
Jazz/Popular Music Guidelines
Any solo that is taken from a specialist “Jazz Genre” or a “Jazz Standard” solos book which invites the soloist to approach the notated solos with freedom relative to the style/genre. Melodic embellishments and the inclusion of an improvised solo are encouraged as is memorisation of the piece.
Music selected should be consistent with the expected standards outlined for own choice music.
Event Entry Fees
Entry Fees for 2020 Online Contest will be as follows:
Solo and Trophy Events (per event): $15.00
1 event - $15
2 events within the same grade - $20
3 events within the same grade - $25
4 events within the same grade - $30
Entry fees can be accepted by Direct Transfer or Cheque. Individual entry fees should be collected by the band secretary and then one transfer or deposit made once an invoice for the fees has been issued. If transferring via EFT, please transfer to the following account and also include the band name in the transfer details so that we can clearly identify who the payment is from.
Name: Band Association of NSW
Bank: NAB Miranda
Cheque payments should be mailed to PO Box 550 Jannali NSW 2226, marked for the attention of the Contest Administrator
Refunds will only be issued in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Management Committee.
Conditions of Entry
- Entries will not be accepted after the closing date of 31st May 2020.
- Only one individual solo event per registration can be selected (not including the trophy events). All events are own choice and should be recorded unaccompanied (including percussion events). For the Open brass tests released earlier this year, we will be moving them to 2021 so these cannot be played as own choice for the 2020 events.
- Wear your band uniform so we can see which band you are representing. Your band must be a current member of the Association so check on the status with your band secretary before submitting your entry.
- Recordings need to be completed in one take with no editing and should be recorded and uploaded between 1st June and 14th June. All recordings are to be unaccompanied and are to be a video recording not just audio. Instructions on how to submit your recordings will be made available prior to the closing date for entries.
- A Contest Supervisor will be appointed to ensure that the recordings received have been submitted correctly and to ensure fairness in adjudication commentary regardless of the quality of the recording.
- All competitors should be able to provide (if requested) an original of the piece performed so as to confirm that APRA/AMCOS guidelines are being met.
- No points will be awarded, only a winner chosen from each event. A certificate will be awarded to each winner and all competitors will receive feedback from the Adjudicator.
- A confirmation listing of entries received for each band will be sent to band secretaries along with an invoice for the entry fees. It is expected that band secretaries will be responsible for the collection of entry fees due from their members and deposit directly to the BANSW bank account. BANSW will not accept payments from individual entrants directly.
- A scanned copy of the music with bars numbered for the use of the adjudicator should be uploaded at the same time as the recording. This will be deleted on completion of the contest as per our normal process.
Adjudication and Publishing of Recordings
- No points will be awarded in each event, only a winner will be determined. All competitors will be provided with feedback from the adjudicator.
- Winners in each event may have their recording published on BANSW's Facebook/Instagram pages and on the website.
- For under 15 and Under 19 players, permission will be sought from parents/guardians via the band's secretary prior to any recording being published.
- Open age entrants are able to advise at the time of entering whether they would like their recording to be published or not should they be a winner.
- Entrants must be a currently registered member of either the Band Association of NSW Inc, an Australian State Association, or a National Association where an entrant is a resident outside Australia.
- If an entrant turns 15 or 19 at the time of closing of entries, then they will need to go up a grade. An Under 15 player may enter an Under 15 (Juvenile) and/or Under 19 (Junior) solo event. An Under 15 player may enter an Open solo event only if they have previously won a State Championship solo event. An Under 19 player may enter an Under 19 and/or Open solo event.
- Percussionists may enter single or multiple events within each age classification. Entry in two or more different age classifications will be considered as separate entries for each age class.
Registering for the NSW State Solo Championships Online 2020
!! ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED !!
An acknowledgement of the entry will be emailed directly after the entry submission.
Following the closing date, each band will be provided with an overall confirmation of entries received.
An invoice will be issued to each band once the entries have been collated and payment should then be made by the band secretary.
Please liaise with your band secretary when organising for payment of the event/s entered.
!! ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED !!
Uploading Your Video and Music
Videos should be recorded and uploaded between 1st June to the 14th of June and should be done in one take with NO editing.
For small amounts of bars rest, these can be simply counted out. For larger numbers of rest bars in the music, the competitor can make a small break before continuing on.
You can upload both your video recording and your sheet music files (with all bars numbered) using the "file request pro" box below. If you have multiple sheet music pages, please ensure they are also clearly numbered.
Please name your files with your event and name, eg:
opentrumpet_johnsmith.mp4 or pdf, or
u/15flute_joebloggs.mp4 or pdf, or
presidentsshield_johndoe.mpf or pdf.
Drag or Drop both your video and sheet music files in the box below.
Meet your Adjudicators
Brian Evans is Principal Third Trumpet/Cornet in the Opera Australia Orchestra, of which he has been a member since 1975 (45 years) playing in every chair in the section in a vast repertoire of operas and ballets. He began his musical activities at age seven on banjo mandolin and progressed to tenor horn when he joined The Sydney Boys’ High School brass band (1966). Brian soon changed to cornet and soprano cornet, becoming principal cornet in year 9, leading it to national school band champions in 1971. He played tenor horn, soprano cornet and B flat cornet with Waverly Municipal Band for 12 years including several years as principal cornet during its heydays in the 1970s.
As a clinician, Evans has presented classes in Japan, China (where he gave his lecture, “The Trumpet and Cornet in Wester opera – an introduction”) and the USA and was the artist in residence at the Brisbane Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, in October 2016. He presented the lecture “Trumpet for the non-player” at the 2018 Music Education Conference for professional development in music education as part of the NSW School Band Festival.
Brian is founding and current president of the Australian Trumpet Guild and served the International Trumpet Guild as a director for 18 years, including as President 2015-2017 and hosted ITG’s annual conference in Sydney in 2010.
After a 40 year hiatus, Evans returned to banding in 2018 as a principal cornet for a concert with Pacific Brass and returned to contesting after a gap of 41 years, playing Solo Cornet with Australian national A Grade champions, Sydney City Brass.
Joshua is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney. He is currently a percussion teacher at MLC School, Sydney and the Conservatorium High School. Joshua also performs with Synergy Percussion and also freelances with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Opera Australia.
Warwick is one of Australia’s most accomplished and inspirational musicians. Highlights of his extraordinary 30-year career include holding the position of Principal Trombonist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Outright Winner of the International Trombone Competition 1988 and has been a concerto soloist in South Africa, South Korea and the United Kingdom with The London Philharmonic and all over Australia with the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras. He has also toured China and the USA as a soloist. Warwick has recorded concertos for Australia’s biggest classical music recording company ABC Classics for CD release with The Adelaide Symphony which was described by Qantas Magazine as “the most exciting offering yet from the ABC Classics label”.
In addition to his classical music, Warwick had a great love of musical theatre. He left The London Phil to study acting, singing and dancing. He was subsequently being offered two years full-time work in the Australian touring productions of Cabaret and Jolson, singing and acting nightly alongside pop icons Tina Arena and Lisa McCune as well as Music Theatre gurus Rob Guest and Judi Connelly. At the same time, Warwick ran a business which produced pop music singing, and dancing shows about personal safety in Primary schools all over Australia, performing to over 100,000 schoolchildren and selling over 10,000 CDs.
Warwick is now a trained conductor, being awarded a Master in Orchestral Conducting in 2018 from Sydney University. While there, he received the Peter Davidson Award – at $25,000 one of Australia’s most prestigious classical music awards. Warwick has conducted and compered education concerts for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conducted in regional work for the Queensland Symphony, as well as running his sold-out concert series in Sydney which presents a fantastic display of Community Bands to an 800 strong subscription audience. He was also the Musical Director of the Bankstown Carols, a community carols event which attracted an audience of around 10,000.
Warwick loves encouraging others in music, helping them to draw out of themselves things they never thought possible! He spends much time travelling as an adjudicator and music educator, working with choirs, orchestras and bands all over the country.
He recently began a significant new career path as Artistic Director of Music for Canberra (incorporating the Canberra Youth Orchestra) and is excited by chance to rebuild CYO into one of Australia’s finest youth orchestras!
Champion of Champions Events
The number of entries received into each event will determine whether we will hold a Champion of Champions event in each age group.
In the likelihood that it can go ahead, it is intended for the Open Champion of Champions to be held at the State Band Championships which if the restrictions are lifted in time will likely be in November. If this is not feasible, we may elect not to hold a Champion of Champions event.
For Under 15 and Under 19 events, we will appoint an adjudicator to determine the Champion of Champions. Again whether a Champion is awarded will be determined on the entries received.