Australian Championships – Launceston, 2004

Brisbane Excelsior Band has returned home from the Australian National Championships in Launceston held over the Easter Weekend.

Amidst highly controversial adjudication issues and comments, Excelsior emerged with a third placing in the A Grade Test playing Cambridge Variations, a third placing in the Hymn (I Know Thou Art Mine), and 2nd in the A Grade Street March. Overall National A Grade Championship Placing – 3rd.

Howard Taylor (Musical Director) and Rick Casagrande (President)

We can also claim to be the highest placed Australian Marching Champion for the 2nd year running.

Brisbane Excelsior on the Street March

Our soloists performed extremely well with ten of our players entered. Ashley Gittins won the National Euphonium Championship whilst Katrina Marzella, who was playing with XLCR whilst on a University exchange from Scotland, won the National Baritone Championship. The entire eupho/baritone section and three out of our 4 tuba players competed. Apart from Katrina and Ashley, others to perform were Julie Woods, Allan Lonergan, Rick Casagrande, Stephen Pell, Brad Hosking, Brenden Wheeler, Bernard Denlay and Dale Hosking.

Ashley Gittins and Katrina Marzella relax on the plane journey home!

XLCR State Champions in QLD & NSW – 2002/2003

NSW State Championships, Sydney 2003

Brisbane Excelsior followed up their win at home in the Qld State Championships in 2003 to also win the NSW title.

XLCR, led by Howard Taylor, played Paganini Variations as their Own Choice with Devil and the Deep Blue Sea as the set Test Selection.

Qld State Championships, Maryborough 2003

Brisbane Excelsior Qld Champion Band for 2003 – Adjudicator Mark Ford pictured with Howard Taylor

The win in Maryborough 2003 made it 2 in a row for XLCR having won the State title the previous year in Gladstone.

QLD State Champions 2002

XLCR Celebrate their first victory under the baton of Howard Taylor – the beginning of an incredible partnership.

XLCR – State Champions 2002