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  • East Coast Championships 2013
    East Coast Championships 2013

    Warringah Concert Brass winner of the Festival of the Bands competition

  • East Coast Championships 2013
    East Coast Championships 2013

    Warringah Community Brass winners of East Coast Championships

  • East Coast Championships 2017
    East Coast Championships 2017

    Warringah Concert Brass: winner of the Festival of Bands

2017 Kyle Lawson flyer

 


WCB NSW Champion Band

2017 WCB NSW Champions

At the NSW Band Contest in August 2017, Warringah convincingly won the A-Grade NSW Brass Band Championships against three other top A-Grade bands. This follows Warringah’s winning of the Festival of the Bands Section at the East Coast of Australia Championship in June this year.

Several players in Warringah Concert Brass have made significant achievements in the NSW State Solo Competition this year, being awarded first place in their sections:

Junior Tenor Trombone  Samir Mosahebi
Open Bb Cornet  Vincent Pingard
Open EEb Tuba  Ken Bradley
Presidents Shield  Vincent Pingard

Our Principal Cornet, Vincent Pingard, also had a stunning achievement at the 2017 National Band Championships Solos in Launceston, winning the Open Bb Cornet section, and following up by winning the Open Champion of Champions on Flugel Horn!


Sheona White poster small

 

Enjoy our band's performances at this concert

Blenheim Flourishes: James Curnow

Tameside Overture: Philip Sparke

Battle of the Planets: Hoyt Curtain

Star Wars - The Force Awakens: John Williams

The Melody Shop: Karl King

Seize The Day: Peter Graham


2017 ECoA title page

Warringah Concert Brass, conducted by our Musical Director John Saunders, performed in the 2017 East Coast of Australia Band Championships on Sunday 11 June 2017 in the Newcastle Conservatorium. Our band won the A-Grade Entertainment Section and was runner-up in the A-Grade Contest Music Section!

Enjoy our winning performances in these videos:

 CONTEST MUSIC

Sacred Item: Crimond - JS Irvine/G.Richards

Own Choice Test: Partita by Philip Sparke

ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC

Symphonic Suite from Star Wars

Two-Part Invention by Sparke: Duet for 2 euphoniums, played by James Blackford and Matthew Hurdich

The Melody Shop


Jack Saunders obitury

Warringah C Brass

 Warringah Brass is still based where it was founded in Terrey Hills on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. The band was established by the original Musical Director, Jack Saunders, in 1979 as the Terrey Hills Primary School Band. As players aged out of the primary school band it was obvious the next step was to introduce a senior band. In 1986 the bands were re-named Warringah Concert Brass. Through the years both senior and junior bands have missed very few national and NSW band championship since 1991. Both bands progressed through all grades to be regularly competitors in their respective A grades, both enjoying State Championship wins through the years. The bands regularly perform local concerts and have an important role in community commemorations and celebrations such as ANZAC Day and Australia Day.

In 2011 the junior band emerged from the junior grades to be a standalone senior C Grade Band which provided the opportunity for many players aging out of juniors to be retained within the Warringah fold. Hence the Warringah Community Brass was formed.

Jack Saunders is legendary within the local community as a teacher of brass instruments and band leader. Jack has been the recipient of local council and rotary community awards for his devotion to the teaching of music across the community.

Jack eventually passed the baton to his son John Saunders who has been associated with the band since its inception. John now directs both the Concert Brass, since 1999 and Community Brass since 2011. John’s wealth of experience as a championship Euphonium player and professional musical director (currently Director of Music of the NSW Police Band) ensures that that the bands will maintain their high standard and provide exemplary brass tutorage to many more players in the future.

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