Victoria School Music Festival

Concert Band

2021 Dates:

VSMF Concert Band (JCB)
July 26th - July 29th
Hawthorn Arts Centre

VSMF Concert Band (BCB, NCB, JCB, & ICB)
August 2nd & 3rd
Christian College Geelong

VSMF Concert Band (ICB & ACB)
August 16th - 19th, 23rd - 26th
Hawthorn Arts Centre

VSMF Young Concert Band (BCB & NCB)
November 15th, 16th, 17th & 19th
Hawthorn Arts Centre

Key:

BCB = Beginner Concert Band, NCB = Novice Concert Band

Festival Administrator
Michael Jongebloed
Victorian School Music Festival
228 Auburn Road
Hawthorn Vic 3122
PH: 03 98188520
Mobile: 0419 556 460
Email: michael@vsmf.com.au

Registration Closed

Registration for 2021 Concert Band is now at capacity and closed. Please click here to email us with your preference if you would like to be on the waiting list.

2021 FESTIVAL REGULATIONS

Registration Process

Registration Process      

  1. Registrations for the November Young Band Section have been cancelled due to government restrictions.
  2. There are a certain number of places available in each section, refer to the proposed timetable. Groups will be allocated to sections in the order registrations are received. You may not receive your first preference on for all sections entered.
  3. NOTE: This may happen before the close of registrations. Once places are filled schools will be placed on a waiting list.
  4. Registration can only be submitted on-line at www.vsmf.com.au
  5. Groups must indicate on their application form their 1st, 2nd & 3rd attendance preference for each category they are entering.
  6. Requests made after September 9th (close of applications) will be considered if possible. Please consult the proposed timetable when stating preferences

 

  1. $75.00 per school ensemble plus $10.00 per participating student.
  2. Registration fees are inclusive of GST.
  3. Cancellations received prior to Friday 22nd of October 2021 may apply for a refund of the participating student’s fees only. After October 22nd no refunds will be made. Fees will still be applicable even if groups have withdrawn.
  4. If the Festival is postponed or cancelled due to Covid19 restrictions, a full refund will be provided.
  5. Registrations will not be accepted without a school order number. A tax invoice will be sent on receipt of registration.

General Procedure

  1. Each ensemble will be given an arrival time. After registration the ensemble will be assigned to a courier who will have the responsibility of acting as a guide for the ensemble.
  2. DHHS Covid19 Guidelines regarding live performances will be adhered to at all times.
  3. Standard COVID-19 safety measures that will include sanitising, audience spacing and mask wearing (if appropriate).
  4. Schools must adhere to arrival and departure times. Any school that departs without completing all activities without prior arrangement with the Festival Administrator may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award.
  5. Each ensemble will participate in three activities:

PERFORMANCE

Pre-performance warm –up & tuning period

Performance to a panel of adjudicators

ON STAGE TUTORIAL

Post Performance workshop on stage with the chief Adjudicator

LISTENING

Each ensemble will listen to 2 other ensembles perform.

Participation Criteria

PARTICIPATION CRITERIA

 

SCHOOL ENSEMBLES

  1. The Festival is open to students who are currently attending any primary or secondary school, and who are participating in school/college concert bands and/or jazz ensembles.
  2. Combined school groups may participate if that ensemble rehearses on a regular basis. Confirmation of this arrangement must be sent with the registration form and co-signed by the principals of the schools involved.
  3. Teachers may not play with the ensemble.
  4. All school groups must provide the necessary ratio of staff supervision to the number students attending the Festival. It is not the responsibility of VSMF staff to monitor group behaviour. This also applies to groups attending the evening and weekend sessions.
  5. No school may register the same ensemble, or an ensemble made up of 80% of the same performers in two different levels within the same genre of ensembles (eg. Junior Concert Band & Intermediate Concert Band)

 

Performance Criteria

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

 

CHOICE OF REPERTOIRE

  1. Please refer to category information for specific regulations regarding choice of music.
  2. Any ensemble that fails to meet the performance criteria as set out for each category may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will not be at the discretion of the Chair of Adjudicators.

PROVISION OF CONDUCTOR SCORES

VSMF will provide scores for the adjudicators for pieces on the VSMF repertoire list. Scores will only need to be provided if you have made adjustments for your performance. You will need to provide scores for any piece you are performing that does NOT appear on the VSMF repertoire list. If you are providing scores the following steps need to be followed:

  1. Participating groups are required to provide two (2) copies of each score for

Adjudication purposes.

  1. All changes to the score must be clearly indicated (e.g. Bass part played on synth).
  2. Each score is to be stapled together with the name of the school clearly marked.
  3. All scores provided for the adjudicators must have each bar numbered.
  4. Please refer to category information for specific regulations regarding performance criteria.
  5. If the total performance time as permitted in the performance criteria is exceeded, excess performance time will be subtracted from the on-stage tutorial time.
  6. Each ensemble will receive an award being Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. Refer to Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble information for eligibility.
  7. Excess performance of more than two (2) minutes may result in exclusion from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will be at the discretion of the Chair of Adjudication.
  8. Any ensemble that fails to meet the performance criteria as set out for each category may be excluded from receiving a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award. This decision will be at the discretion of panel of Adjudicators.
  9. The decision of the panel of adjudicators is final. No further correspondence will be entered in to.

 

EXEMPTION FROM PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

  1. Any Advanced Concert Bands that wish to play a major work may apply in writing for an exemption of the performance criteria relating to their section.
  2. Requests for exception of criteria must be forwarded with details of the replacement score, by June 25th to: Michael Jongebloed, Victorian School Music Festival, 228 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, 3122

EQUIPMENT

  1. All schools must use the equipment supplied.
  2. Schools may not use their own drumkits but may bring their own cymbals.
  3. Schools must provide all percussion mallets required for their performance and all auxiliary percussion eg: triangle, cabasa, tambourine etc.
  4. The following equipment is supplied for ensembles: Chairs, music stands, conductor’s stand, podium, snare drum, drum kit (with cymbals), suspended cymbals, hand (crash) cymbals, congas, bongos, 4 timpani, marimba, glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone, gong, bass drum, chimes, bass amplifier, guitar amplifier, keyboard amplifier, electric piano and acoustic piano.

Concert Band Section Information

Adjudication comments are recorded and made available to all participating schools.

CONCERT BANDS

A Concert Band is a balanced ensemble, consisting of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion instruments, as follows:

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, *Bass Clarinet, *Bassoon, Eb Alto Saxophone, Bb Tenor Saxophone, *Eb Baritone Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, *French Horn, *Euphonium, *Tuba, *Double Bass, Percussion (Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Timpani, Glockenspiel, Xylophone and other instruments required by the given work) *Optional for younger groups.

In order to decide whether your band should enter Beginner or Novice Band section, use the repertoire list as a guide.

If the students are able to comfortably perform the Novice list, then that is the section they enter. The intention of the Beginner Band Section is to encourage very junior bands that have only been learning for a short time and whose members may have limited skills. This may be their first public performance.

 

BEGINNER CONCERT BAND

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

* Open to any concert band that has not performed in any concert band festival or competition before 2021.

* The band must have an appropriate balance of instruments and have a minimum membership of fifteen (15) including percussion.

* Performance time not to exceed eight (8) minutes.

* Each band must play at least two (2) contrasting, published pieces of music. Ensembles may play as many works as time permits.

* At least one piece must be selected from the 2020 or 2021 Beginner Concert Band list.

* Awards are not graded into Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. All Beginner Bands will receive a Performance award acknowledging their performance.

NOVICE CONCERT BAND

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

* Open to any concert band that has not performed in any concert band festival or competition before 2020.

* The band must have an appropriate balance of instruments and have a minimum membership of fifteen (15) including percussion.

* Performance time not to exceed eight (8) minutes.

* Each band must play at least two (2) contrasting, published pieces of music. Ensembles may play as many works as time permits.

* At least one piece must be selected from the 2020 or 2021 Novice Concert Band list.

* Awards are not graded into Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. All Beginner Bands will receive a Performance award acknowledging their performance.

 

JUNIOR CONCERT BAND

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

* The band must have an appropriate balance of instruments and have a minimum membership of twenty (20) including percussion.

* Performance time not to exceed nine (9) minutes.

* Play at least two contrasting works. Ensembles may play as many works as time permits.

* At least one selection must be from the 2020 or 2021 Junior Concert Band repertoire list

* The other work(s) may be selected from the Junior Concert Band list or from the following categories: Overture, Chorale, Ballad, March, Symphonic Suite, Symphonic, Contemporary, Folk, Orchestral Transcription.

* All bands are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award.

INTERMEDIATE CONCERT BAND

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

* The band must have an appropriate balance of instruments and have a minimum membership of twenty (20) including percussion.

* Performance time not to exceed twelve (12) minutes.

* Play at least two contrasting works. Ensembles may play as many works as time permits.

* At least one selection must be from the 2020 or 2021 Intermediate Concert Band repertoire list.

* The other work(s) may be selected from the Intermediate Concert Band list or from the following categories: Overture, Chorale, Ballad, March, Symphonic Suite, Symphonic, Contemporary, Folk, Orchestral Transcription.

* All bands are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award.

ADVANCED CONCERT BAND

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

* The band must have an appropriate balance of instruments and have a minimum membership of thirty (30) including percussion.

* Performance time not to exceed twenty (20) minutes.

* Play at least two contrasting works. Ensembles may play as many works as time permits.

* At least one selection must be from the 2020 or 2021 Advanced Concert Band repertoire list.

* The other work(s) may be selected from the Advanced Concert Band list or from the following categories: Overture, Chorale, Ballad, March, Symphonic Suite, Symphonic, Contemporary, Folk, and Orchestral Transcription.

* All bands are eligible for a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze award.

* Any Advanced Concert Band that wishes to play a major work (more than 15 minutes) may apply in writing for an exemption of the performance criteria relating to their section. Requests must be forwarded with details of the replacement score, by June 25th to: Michael Jongebloed, Victorian School Music Festival, 228 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, 3122

2020 Repertoire

2021 Repertoire

Download 2021 VSMF Concert Band List

Advanced
Title Composer
Blue Lake Overture Barnes Chances, John
Duke of Marlborough Fanfare Grainger/C. Ragsdale
Fragments of Jupiter Brand, Michael
If Ye Love Me Hultgren, Ralph
Nil Sine Labore Hultgren, Ralph
O Waly Waly Nelson, Christopher
Rest Content Fairlie, Edward
The Wishing Well Galante, Rossano
Intermediate
Bardic Air and Reel Clark, Larry
Cascade Gardens West, Brian
Coffin Races Nitsch Jason K
Danza la Habana Brittin, Ruth
Declaration Overture Smith, Claude T
Heart of Gold Balmages, Brian
Juxtaposition Oare, Michael
Letter to Claire Gilreath, Leslie
Photo Album, The Standridge, Randall
Victory Dance Schmidli, Roger
Junior
Dragon Dance Huckey, Ed
Escape from Thunder Mountain Watson, Scott
Fanfare and Dance Hogg, Brian
Gently Hogg, Brian
Into the Unknown De Cinque, Paul
The Jungle Drums Arnold, Adam
Moonlit Skies O’Loughlin Sean
Tripwire JaRod, Hall
Twilight over the Bridge Pierson, Brooke
Walking Tune Grainger /  Sheldon
Novice
Arctic Wars (Rise of the Penguin Army) Balmages, Brian
Bellbird Grove Owens, Tania
Bigfoot Stomp Buckley, Robert
Chester Billings / Sweeney
Cradle Song Petherick, Claire
Fanfare for an Incredibly Important Occasion Arnold, Adam
Slavic Festival Rogers, Mekel
Uncharted Waters Putnam Matthew R
Beginner
Acroplis Putnam, Matthew
The Blue Iguana Longfield, Robert
Celtic Ritual and Dance Rogers, Mekel
Dragons at the Drawbridge Kucharski, Paul
Great Beginnings Kamuf, Michael
Majestic Clark, Larry
Race Against Time Smith, Robert W
Rust Belt Owens, William

Mr Ken Waterworth

Chief Adj, Intermediate & Advanced Concert Band

Ken Waterworth is acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading music educators, highly praised for his conducting, training and development of school concert bands, and continues to be in high demand as a guest conductor, speaker and adjudicator both here in Australia and overseas

Ken currently holds the position of Manager of Worship Arts for The Salvation Army, being responsible for the development of music and creative arts as they are used in the Salvation Army across Australia. Ken was appointed conductor of the Salvation Army’s premier music ensemble, the Melbourne Staff Band in June 1994 and still holds that position today.

Prior to taking up his position with The Salvation Army, Ken, for many years, was Director of Music at Eltham High School where he played a significant role in the development and growth of the instrumental program. Ken established the school’s Symphonic Band as one of Australia’s finest school ensembles, resulting in an invitation to perform at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago.

Ken has received numerous awards for his contribution to music education – some of which being an Australia Day Award for his service to the community and arts, the Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal for outstanding leadership and development in music education, an Australian Band and Orchestra Association excellence award and selection as a finalist in the Victorian “Teacher of the Year” awards

For many years Ken was a tutor and conductor for Melbourne Youth Orchestras, culminating in the position of Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Youth Symphonic Band, touring Japan and winning the National Band Championship with this and band.

Ken was the Chief Adjudicator at the Melbourne Schools Band Festival in 2003.

Dr. Jemima Bunn

Chief Adj, Junior Concert Band

Dr Jemima Bunn completed a Bachelor of Education from The University of Melbourne (1996) and a Masters in Music Education at University of Wisconsin – Madison (2001-2002) and completed her PhD study in music education from The University of Melbourne – Melbourne Graduate School of Education (2019).

As Director of Music at Blackburn High School, Jemima administrated a vibrant classroom, instrumental and ensemble program, teaching in the classroom program and conducting ensembles. Prior to Blackburn High School, Jemima directed music programs at Camberwell High School, Ivanhoe Grammar and Glen Waverley Secondary College, coordinating active classroom and instrumental programs, and has worked as an Instrumental Music Coordinator at the Eastern Metropolitan Region.

Jemima has conducted ensembles at The University of Wisconsin – Madison Summer Music Clinic and University of Southern Mississippi Honours Band Camp, for Melbourne Youth Music; the Eastern Region Concerts; adjudicating Festivals throughout Australia. Jemima is conductor/administrator of the Melbourne Wind Ensemble, an ensemble made up of professional and semi-professional wind, brass and percussion players who wish to play high level, challenging wind ensemble repertoire. She was honoured to conduct the Blackburn High School Symphonic Band at the Midwest Clinic 2017.

For the last several years, Jemima has worked with Brolga Music Publishing Company in Melbourne, Australia. Through this role, she has worked to promote exclusively the work of Australian composers writing for Concert Band, String and Full Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles and Chamber Groups,

Jemima currently works as a casual academic in music education at Deakin University, preparing pre-service teachers with knowledge and understanding of pedagogical approaches in general music across middle and senior years, instrumental pedagogy, conducting and composition.

Jemima has been active in the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association (ABODA) over several years, serving as a committee member, president and vice president at state and national levels. In 2006, she received an ABODA Victoria Excellence Award and in 2018 a National Citation of Excellence for her work in music education.