The Sunshine Coast Youth Band (“Bright as Brass”) participated in the Australian National Band Championships held in Launceston in April of 2017. The band (who has been considered a C Grade band) entered the B Grade section for this competition. Despite being the only band entered in this category the scores achieved indicated that they would have been successful if entered in the A Grade section. The test piece was “Diogenes” and all technical challenges were nicely met. The band left Launceston with 5 trophies.
The months of rehearsal were worth the time as the 30 member band have now gained greater confidence and knowledge of competition procedure.
The average age of the band is 15 years with some only 11 years old. Senior members of the band also entered the solo and ensemble competition which resulted in 4 members being crowned Australian champions – Bailey Comollatti – Junior Euphonium, Liam Reed – Junior Bass Trombone, Madeleine Fitzgerald – Junior High Tuba and Brady Foxley-Conolly – Open Bass Trombone.