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Windsor welcome new MD!

c1e2529e-b356-4ff5-ad9b-f52566d78aee-1Windsor Brass are pleased to welcome Stuart Lang to the Musical Director position.

Stuart, who currently plays Flugel Horn with Brisbane XLCR, brings with him a wealth of talent and resources and has hit the ground running preparing Windsor for the upcoming Queensland State Brass Band Championships in Redcliffe, Oct 1-2.

Upon his appointment, Stuart said:

“I am thrilled at my appointment to the position of MD of Windsor Brass. I am excited at the prospect of improving my skills in Conducting, Score Interpretation, Programming and Performance, all which have been over time honed by significant experience both as a player and as an MD.

As Principal Cornet and Deputy Conductor of the Sydney Congress Hall Band, I trained under Dr Ronald Smart and the then MD Ronald Prussing, Principal Trombone of the SSO. This period included a concert tour of the UK culminating in performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

My leadership and people management skills were further developed by an interim period conducting the Hurstville Salvation Army Band , 6 years as MD of the Wollongong Salvation Army Band and in my last appointment, 8 years as MD of The Salvation Army Brisbane City Temple Band. During my terms as Leader of these bands, I led successful concert tours to Perth, Tasmania, and New Zealand with encouraging accolades.

Having assisted Windsor Brass in recent times, I recognise the potential and consider that I have the ability and enthusiasm along with a great bunch of terrific bandsmen to address the challenge of the leadership into the future.”

We thank Windsor’s leaving MD, Benjamin Tubb for his service to the band, and wish Stuart all the best for this new chapter in Windsor’s history.

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100 Years of Bands in Parks Concert

'Death or Glory'

Brisbane XLCR play the classic march ‘Death or Glory’. One of the pieces that was played by the same band 100 years prior.

On Sunday 28th of August, the Brisbane Excelsior Band helped celebrate 100 years of entertaining Brisbane with music in parks. Performing on the Riverstage for the second time in as many years, XLCR were proud to support such a great concert, alongside several other local bands, including the Brisbane Municipal Concert Band, South Brisbane Federal Brass Band, University of Queensland Pipe Band, City of Brisbane Pipe Band and Irish Association Pipe Band.

After an impressive fanfare performed by the cornets from the Riverstage’s balcony, the two A Grade brass bands then combined to perform some repertoire from the early 20th century, including ‘The Dam Busters’ march.

Each of the bands then performed a short program by themselves. Brisbane Excelsior began their segment with the classic march ‘Death or Glory’, before featuring their cornet section and newly appointed Windsor Musical Director, Flugel soloist, Stu Lang with ‘Valero’ before closing with Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s grandslam work ‘Fire in the Blood’.

To finish off the concert, XLCR, Feds and the Brisbane Municipal Concert Band all graced the stage to perform together, ending with Holst’s ‘Mars’, which was arranged especially for the concert by Brisbane Muni’s conductor; David Jones. It was quite the experience with over 100 musicians on stage!

Thank you to everyone who came along to this fantastic afternoon and a huge well done to Helen and Brisbane Metropolitan Bands for organising such a well run concert!

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En Avant, Marche!

Join the Brisbane Excelsior Band as they are featured alongside NTGENT and Les Ballets C De La B in a Brisbane exclusive, Australian Premiere of En Avant, Marche as a part of the 2016 Brisbane Festival.

En Avant Marche will be performed in the Playhouse Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, at 7:30pm on the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th of September.

For more information and to purchase tickets go to the Brisbane Festival website.

“A production that swoops between high and low culture and combines concert, theatre and dance in one category-defying package… it feels as if all human life is presented on stage. What is happening around the edges is always as intriguing as what is taking centre stage… It’s a show in which the gaps speak as eloquently as the action and messy humanity spills across the stage. Then they start to play and become one… absorbing.” (The Guardian)

“The whole piece creates a world in which a life can be celebrated.” (The Stage)

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Band Update – by Vilde Gaupholm

The first concert of our 2016 concert series was a great success! This concert was our first time in the beautiful Schonell Theatre in the University of Queensland which was a great venue for such a meaningful concert.

We would like to thank everyone who came to the concert and purchased CDs! Your support is very much appreciated. If you missed out on purchasing a CD at our concert, click HERE to find out how to get your very own CD!

We are now excited to work towards the next concert in the series.This will be a showcase of the band’s ten years of excellence. The concert will be held the 25th of September in the Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music at South Bank.

Further information about the concert will be published soon.

Until then, the band has several performances to look forward to. The band will be performing in the show En Avant, Marche! at QPAC during the Brisbane Festival 03-07 September. More information and ticket bookings here: http://www.brisbanefestival.com.au/whats-on/en-avant-marche

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