Victorian Bands League

Entries open May 1 2018

The VBL, in conjunction with the Royal South Street Society, is pleased to announce that the 2018 State Band Championships shall be held in Ballarat on the weekend of the 18th and 19th of August.


Founders Theatre will play host to the 2018 State Band Championships. The 1870 Founders Theatre, opened in 1981, was built from funds raised through public appeal from the Ballarat Community and other interested organisations and companies. The well-appointed and comfortable Auditorium has fixed seating for 670 persons.

Provisional Schedule

The provisional schedule for the 2018 State Band Championships is as follows.

Saturday 18 Aug

    • Open & Junior Concert Bands
    • Open A Grade Brass Bands
    • Junior Brass Bands
    • Open D Grade Brass Bands

Sunday 19 Aug

    • Open C Grade Brass Bands
    • Open B Grade Brass Bands

Music Selection

The music selection for the 2018 State Band Championships is as follows.

Open and Junior Concert Bands – Own Choice

Junior Brass Bands – Own Choice

The Major Work for each of the following grades will be:

Open A Grade Brass – Diversions by Derek Bourgeois

Open B Grade Brass – 2001 A brass odyssey by Derek Bourgeois

Open C Grade Brass –Barchester Suite by Derek Bourgeois

Open D Grade Brass – Aspirations by Derek Bourgeois

The Victorian Bands League (VBL) is the association of amateur community bands in Victoria, Australia. Its members are those of brass, concert and stage bands who have joined for the benefits that the association gives.
The VBL provides competition, training and representation for its members. Individual members are registered directly with the League to ensure that competitions are as fairly run as possible.

Each year Royal South Street hosts the Victorian Band Championships in conjunction with the VBL at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Click on the link below for the VBL champs on WIN TV News

Click below to hear Dominic Brine’s ABC Ballarat interview with Mark Witham of the City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band

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