History: Appendix A

HIGHLIGHTS IN THE LIFE OF BRISBANE EXCELSIOR

1912: Band born in Spring Hill. J.D.Napier (Conductor). W.D.Veal (Secretary).

1913-14: Won B Grade Paling’s Cup and B Grade March.

1914: Three contests held. Brisbane Excelsior finished second at Maryborough,

second at Toowoomba, and third at Brisbane. Won 14 pounds at Brisbane.

1915: Fifth at Ipswich Contest. W.Sorrensen won State title on BBb Bass.

1916: Second at Maryborough.

1918: Second at Maryborough Contest. Won Quartette. A.J.Longson joined Band.

1919-20: Gympie Contest. Won Waltz Competition. Second Own Choice

and Street March. Bob Elliott won State Bb Cornet title.

1921: First (as ANA Excelsior) in Street March.

1922: Toowoomba Contest. First in C Grade Street March, Second in Test Selection. J.Compton won Open Cornet and Champion of Champions.

1923: Second C Grade Test. Third Diagram March. J.Compton won Open Cornet and Champion of Champions.

1924: Toowoomba Contest. J.Compton won Open Cornet and Champion of Champions.

1925: Band won C Grade Test under Goldie Holmes.

1926: Maryborough Contest. Goldie Holmes won Australian Open Cornet title.

1927: H.Perkins won State title on Eb Bass.

1929: Won Australasian B Grade Competiton at Mackay under F.W.G. McLeod. Winner of the Garden Test and the Paling Cup. Brisbane Excelsior was promoted to A Grade from 1930, and has remained an A Grade Band ever since. H.Perkins won Australian title on Eb Bass. E. Roache (Ipswich Vice- Regal) won Soprano Cornet title. Later joined Brisbane Excelsior.

1930: Came second at Rockhampton Contest in first A Grade Competition. Col Perkins won Bb Trombone State Championship and Champion of Champions. E.Warden won State Bb Cornet title. S.Mitchell won Soprano Cornet title. E.Soady won Eb Tenor Horn title.

1932: Came second at Maryborough. E.Roache won Soprano Cornet and Champion of Champions. W.Selby won Australian title on Bass Trombone. E.Soady and W.Selby also won the Australian Duet title.

1933: Won A Grade with 9/15 Battalion under A.Wade at Mackay. F.W.G.McLeod was Adjudicator. N.Henstridge won Bb Cornet and Champion of Champions. Col Perkins won Qld. Bb Trombone Championship.

1934: E.Roache won Soprano Cornet. Col Perkins won Bb Trombone Championship and Champion of Champions. E.Roache and J.Butt won State Duet.

1935: Band won under A.Wade (148 points, next 140) at Bundaberg. E.Roache won State and Australian Soprano Cornet titles. Col Perkins won Bb Trombone Championship. W.Wallace won Baritone. J.Butt won Novice title on Euphonium.

1936: Band won under A.Wade at Maryborough. E.Roache won Soprano Cornet. Col Perkins won Bb Trombone Championship. Band won Duet (E.Roache and T.Roache) and Septet.

1937: Third to Cairns whose Conductor was J.J. Compton. Captain Compton later joined Brisbane Excelsior as Conductor. N. Henstridge began his victories on Soprano Cornet (1937-1949). Brisbane Excelsior second in Hymn to Cairns Citizens’ Band but won Diagram. W. Wallace won Baritone and E. Thomas won Bb Bass Contests. E.T. Masters won Tenor Trombone Title.

1938: F.Cullum won Australian title on Bass Trombone. E.F.Thomas won State title on BBb Bass.

1939: Fourth at Bundaberg Contest (conducted by A.Paxton). Contest won by Bundaberg under the celebrated J.J. Kelly. W.Wallace won Baritone.

1940-45: no contests.

1944-55: Band led by J.J.Compton.

1946: Won Diagram and second in Hymn at Ipswich, second overall. Maryborough won under J.J.(“Massa”) Johnson, former Conductor from Victoria with reputation as tough taskmaster but superb musician. Col Perkins was Champion of Champions. L. Baxter won Euphonium title. C.J.Thomas won State title on BBb Bass. Won State Trio.

1947: Maryborough again won under “Massa” Johnson. Brisbane Excelsior second but won Quartet. N.Baxter won Australian Bb Bass title. Band won Australian Trio and Quartette titles.

1948: Third behind Mackay overall at Toowoomba conterst. Won Diagram. Col Perkins again was Champion of Champions, closely followed by Tom Roache and Col Thomas. L.Baxter won Euphonium title. Tom Roache won Cornet solo, his first title. Jeff Herbert finished second in Flugel Horn Contest. C.J.Thomas won State title on BBb Bass. The Open Duet won by E.Roache and T.Roache. Brisbane Excelsior won State Trio.

1949: To Ballarat under J.J.Compton. Finished third. N.Henstridge Champion of Champions. Col Perkins won Trombone solo. C.J.Thomas won Eb Tuba solo. Bob Campbell-Stewart won Junior Cornet solo. Billy Wallace won Tenor Horn solo. Brisbane Excelsior won Brass Quartet.

1950: L.Baxter won Euphonium title at Bundaberg Contest. Alex Henderson won Tenor Horn solo. Col Topp (then with Toowoomba R.S.L. and Municipal Band) won Novice Euphonium and Champion Novice. K.Gordon won Baritone title. C.J.Thomas won State title on BBb Bass.

1951: Won the National title at the Murwillumbah Jubilee Contest. Col Perkins won Champion of Champions at Queensland Contest. E.T.Selby won Champion of Champions title at the Murwillumbah Jubilee on Trombone. Brisbane Excelsior won the Street March and Diagram March. K.Gordon won the Baritone title. Col Thomas won the Bb Bass title, with Noel Baxter third. R.Fisher won the Ephonium title. Brisbane Excelsior also won the Trombone title. E.Masters won the “Old Buffers” title (trombone). K.Gordon was a close second to Selby for Nation Champion.

1952: Won Australian Championship at Ipswich. Tom Roache won State Bb Cornet Championship. L.Baxter won Euphonium title. Ken Gordon won Australian title on Baritone. K.Bauer won Australian title on Eb Bass. W.Wallace and K.Stitt won Australian Duet. Band won Australian Septet title.

1953: Did not compete at Rockhampton Contest. J.Butt won Eb Bass title. T.E. Roache won State Bb Cornet title. T.Wahlin won Soprano Cornet title. Alec Henderson won Australian title on Tenor Horn. L.Radford won Euphonium title. E.Roache and T.Roache won Duet. Won Australian Quartette and Septet title. E.Roache won “Old Buffers’” title.

1953: B.Baartz and Jeff Herbert won Australian Duet title. Band won State Trio. J.Butt won Eb Bass Solo (hitherto a Euphonium player). E.Roache won “Old Buffers” solo contest on Soprano Cornet and Duet with son, Tom Roache.

1954: Did not compete at Maryborough Contest. Maryborough Federal won under J.J.Kelly. J.Butt won Eb Bass title. E.Roache won State title on Soprano Cornet

1955: Brisbane Excelsior equal first under Billy Ryder at Mackay, with South Brisbane Federal. Tom Roache won Cornet solo. Brisbane Excelsior won top marks for Test Selections, and best set of Drummers trophy. Best Drum Major was R.C.Pickering.

1956: Second to South Brisbane Federal led by A.Baxter. Tom Roache won Bb Cornet title again. Ken Gordon won Australian title on Baritone at Ballina where Harry Mortimer, one of the most celebrated names in Banding, was judge. R.Fisher won State title on Eb Bass. T.Roache and B.Drummond won Duet. Band also won Trio.

1957: Brisbane Excelsior fifth under N.Henstridge overall at Southport. Won Diagram. Tom Roache won Champion of Champions and Cornet solo. Jeff Herbert second in Cornet solo. Tommy Peden won Eb Bass title. J.Ryder won State title on BBb Bass. Band won Trio.

1958: Did not compete at Cairns. J.Butt won Eb Bass title. Tom Roache won Australian title. J.Ryder won Australian title.

1960: As ETA Concert Band came sixth to Maryborough Federal at Toowoomba. J.Butt won Eb Bass title.

1961: Competed in first State Championship under Colin J.Thomas at Maryborough. Tied for first. E.Roache won Soprano title. Roger Roache won his first Novice title on Tenor Horn.

1962: Second at Lismore National Contest. J.Butt won Eb Bass title. Eta Concert

Band (Brisbane Excelsior) named “one of the three best bands in Australia”, with Maryborough Federals and Sydney’s Bexley District Brass Band.

1963: Second to Maryborough Federal at Bundaberg. Band won Own Choice and Diagram and second in Hymn. E.Selby won Bb Trombone title. Roger Roache won Eb Horn contest. Col Thomas, Tommy Peden, Graham Marsden and Ron Barlow won the Open Quartet. E.Roache, T.Roache, D.Neilsen and B.Williams finished third, a mere two points behind. The Band was a close second in the Open Septet.

1964: At Brisbane Contest, second (190 to 191) to South Brisbane Federal which was under A.Baxter. Tom Roache won Champion of Champions. D.Smith won State title on Bass Trombone. Band won Trio and Septet.

1965: Second at Rockhampton, again by one point, to South Brisbane Federal.

1966: Tied for first with Ipswich Vice Regal Excelsior at Toowoomba. N.Robinson and R.Robinson won State Duet. Band won Trio and Septet.

1967: Won easily, 193 points to 180, at Townsville.

1968: Defeated by a visiting N.Z. band. ETA Concert Band won A Grade Hymn and Diagram, but fifth overall. Helen Dempsey won State title on Tenor Horn. C.Bierton won State title on Eb Bass. Won Septet.

1969: Third in Test and Own Choice, second in Hymn and Diagram at Maryborough. J.Dempsey won State Bb Cornet title. Noel Cassells won Tenor Horn title. Helen Dempsey and Noel Cassells won Duet.

1970: Won easily all sections except Hymn (2nd) and Diagram (2nd) at Southport. Won championship. Last contest as Eta Concert Band. Tom Roache won State title on Bb Cornet. Helen Lashmar (nee Dempsey) won Tenor Horn title. E.Roache and T.Roache won Duet.

1971: Competed at the Maryborough Contest, the National Championships. ETA Concert Band finished fourth to Malvern (Vic.) overall, but second in Hymn. Adjudicator was Alex Henderson. Won Australian Trio and Quartette titles.

1972: Did not compete at Stanthorpe.

1973: Won overall at Rockhampton. N.Dunium won Tenor Trombone title.

1974: Did not compete at Bundaberg.

1975: Finished sixth at Australian Championships in Sydney. N.Dunium won Tenor Trombone title and Champion of Champions.

1976: Third at Southport National Contest. Awarded highest marks of all bands in Hymn tune. Won National Trio and Quartette titles.

1977: Did not compete at Gladstone. Paul Radford won Tenor Trombone title. Rick Casagrande second on Bass. John Palmer second on Soprano Cornet. Rick Casagrande and Ron Barlow third in Open Duet. N. Dunian, third Open Solo.

1978: Won at Maryborough Contest. Paul Radford won Tenor Trombone title.

1979: Won at Beenleigh Contest. Col Topp and K.C.Schryver won State Duet. Noel Cassells was Champion of Champions. Band also won at Nambour, virtually scooping the pool of prizes.

1980: Second at Toowoomba. Trevor Stanley won Tenor Trombone title.

1981: Won at Ipswich. J.Palmer won Soprano Cornet title. Col Topp won State Euphonium title. Paul Radford won Tenor Trombone title.

1982: Did not compete at Townsville. Paul Radford won both State and Australian titles. 70th Anniversary Concert.

1983: Second at Bundaberg. Paul Radford won State title.T.Stanley and P.Radford won Duet.

1984: Second at Nambour. Col Topp won State Euphonium title. Paul Radford won State title. Rick Casagrande won State title on BBb Bass. Farewell Concert to C.J.Thomas.

1985: Won at Mackay Contest. Beaten by one point at Armidale Nationals, Paul Terracini conducting. P. Meneley won Tenor Trombone title.

1986: Finished second to Townsville at Warwick Contest, Perry Axford conducting. Rick Casagrande won State title on BBb Bass.

1987: Did not compete at Charters Towers. Rick Casgrande won BBb Bass title.

1988: Nominated but did not compete at Nationals in Sydney.

1989: Fifth at Ipswich. Paul Radford won both State and Australian titles, and with T.Stanley, B.Denlay and E. Winterstein, won State and Australian Quartette titles.This gifted player later transferred to the Gold Coast where he established the Ashmore Brass Band.

1990: Second at Bundaberg. H.Aitken won Eb Bass title. Won Trio and Ensemble.

1991: Won at Warwick, Gary Freebury conducting. Paul Radford won the State Tenor Trombone title yet again.

1992: Brisbane Excelsior acquired its own permanent home, the Windsor School of Arts. Did not compete at Rockhampton.

1993: Second at Townsville. T.Lashmar won Bb Cornet title. A.Gittens won Tenor Horn title. T.Lashmar and M.Smith won Duet.

1994: Brisbane Excelsior competed at the Nationals in Melbourne.

1995: Colin J. Thomas honoured in New Year’s Day Honours with O.A.M. Funeral Service for Allan Napier, former President and son of founder.