Merry Christmas!

As we hurtle towards the end of the year we would like to wish all of our friends, families, supporters and fellow musicians an extremely Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for all of your support throughout the previous year and we know that you will continue to do the same into 2017.

We at XLCR resume in Mid-January, and cannot wait to start rehearsing for the New Zealand Championships in Wellington!

End of Year Awards 2016

15492207_1349741751745079_4821020594551602629_nIt’s that time of year again – Christmas decorations, Christmas Carols, and of course, the annual Brisbane XLCR Inc. Band Awards Social event.

After our first BBQ last year, the band decided to hold another at Colleges Crossing, Ipswich for members of both Brisbane XLCR and Windsor Bands. Lots of food and drink were consumed and the band says a huge thanks to everyone who helped, but especially Michael Martin, Ross Moloney and Gareth Lawless for their contributions to the day. With the huge numbers of band children we were even blessed to have a visit by Santa Claus himself, who brought fantastic toys for all the children of the organization.


For Windsor, the award winners were:

  • Bandsperson of the year: Sharon Denlay
  • Section of the year: Euphoniums and Baritones
  • Players’ Player: Tamaryn Heck
  • Most Improved Player: Jessica Klaverstyn

For XLCR, the award winners were:

  • Bandsperson of the year: Gareth Lawless
  • Section of the year: Percussion
  • Players’ Player: Ross Moloney
  • Most Improved Player: Kelvin Oldham 

2016 Colin Topp Slow Melody Competition

After being pipped at the post the previous few years, we are so glad to announce that XLCR’s Solo Baritone Ross Moloney is the winner of the 2016 Colin Topp Slow Melody competition. Thoroughly deserved with a spellbinding rendition of Manhattan by Philip Sparke.

Special mentions to Soprano Cornet, Jaime Brown & Solo Euphonium Nigel John for their 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

Thanks to our adjudicator Trevor for an absolutely awesome evening of music making. Book it in your diaries now – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18th (tentative date) will be the next Colin Topp Slow Melody competition – open to everyone.

100 Years of Brass Bands in Parks

14054299_10209445184060733_6853642306123098159_o-1On 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!