The World According to Brass

The World According to Brass

Enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the Brisbane Riverstage as some of Australia’s finest brass musicians join jazz virtuoso James Morrison for a one-night only musical extravaganza.

The World According to Brass presents our state’s finest talent and celebrates the many cultures that have influenced the world of brass music.

This free concert will showcase our finest brass bands including Brisbane Brass, Brisbane Excelsior Band, South Brisbane Federal Band, Queensland Highlanders and Queensland Irish Association Pipe Band. It will also feature guest vocalists from the Queensland Choir and Queensland Conservatorium’s Big Band – The Con Artists with Elly Hoyt and soloists Chrislyn Hamilton and Jessie Johnson.


Queensland Choir Conductor: Howard Taylor
Musical Director: Stephen Newcomb
Special guest: James Morrison
Brisbane Brass
Brisbane Excelsior Band
South Brisbane Federal Band
Queensland Highlanders
Queensland Irish Association Pipe Band
Queensland Choir
Queensland Conservatorium’s Big Band



Free entry event, no bookings required
Bring your own picnic, chair and blanket
We recommend you catch public transport to this event. For information visit or call 13 12 30 

Brass in Bundy

Brass in Bundy

October will see the band making a trip up to Bundaberg for a weekend to take workshops and perform a concert. Invited and hosted by our northern friends the Bundaberg Municipal Band, we are looking forward to heading up there and putting on a good show! With a few old Bundy Boys in the band, some great memories will be relived as well as some new ones made!

Book your place at the workshops and concert via the links below.


Brisbane Excelsior Band and Bundaberg Municipal Band present – Brass in Bundy


October 4th – Public workshop 2-4pm

Shalom Performing arts Centre, Shalom College campus, 9 Fitzgerald St, Bundaberg QLD, Australia

Come join the Cream of Australian musical talent in a fun filled public workshop. If you have ever wanted to toot on a tuba or play with a trombone, now is your chance to unleash your inner musical talent. For the more experienced players, time to get some Pro tips from the best. Planned to be fun and educational suitable for all ages 10+.

Book a place in the public workshops

October 4th – Gala concert 7-9pm

Shalom Performing arts Centre, Shalom College campus, 9 Fitzgerald St, Bundaberg QLD, Australia

Brisbane Excelsior band and Bundaberg municipal band presents – Brass in Bundy. Come and listen in Awe at the awesome power of Brass! Australia’s Top Brass Band have been invited to showcase their talent in a Concert not to be missed. If you have ever liked brass music or the movie “Brassed Off” you will be spellbound as you are immersed in the Best Brass music you can hear in Australia!

$32 – Adults
$28 – Student/Concession
Book concert tickets:

Success in Queensland Solo and Ensemble Competition!

Success in Queensland Solo and Ensemble Competition!

Our very own Gen Smith has been crowned the Queensland State Champion of Champions after the recent Queensland Solo and Ensemble Competiiton run by the Queensland Band Association. Gen took the title after winning the Open Flugel section and then being selected by the adjudicators Howard Taylor and Peter Younghusband as the best performer in the Champion of Champions event. Her performance of Pandora was a very fine one indeed, displaying fantastic technique, musical insight and a glorious tone. Only recently moving to the flugel chair from the solo cornet lineup, this was her first performance on flugel, and a very successful one!

Gen took the Championship title over eight other finalists, including our soprano cornet Jaime Brown, who had previously won the Open Soprano section. Jaime played a lovely performance of the test piece The Carousel, with her trademark clear beautiful sound and very lyrical playing. It was a pleasure to hear both play on the day!

Congratulations also to Lindon Weise, who placed second to Jaime in the Open Soprano section.


Gen being presented with the Champion of Champions trophy by adjudicators Howard Taylor and Peter Younghusband.

Success on home turf!

Success on home turf!

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After a busy and hard-fought Easter long weekend here in Brisbane, the band once again brought the prestigious Fireman’s Helmet back to our home, the Windsor School of Arts. With Howard Taylor once again in the middle, Excelsior took out the Own Choice (playing A Tale As Yet Untold bv Philip Sparke) and Stage March (playing William Rimmer’s Ravenswood) to win the National A Grade Title for the seventh time since our first win in 2005! Two of the “missing” years the band chose not to contest in favour of attending other international contests, and the other was a close second – not a bad record in anyone’s books! We look forward to going for our second hat-trick next year in Sydney.

We also gained a second place in the Street March; many thanks to our Drum Major Ross Moloney.


Adding further to the band’s success at the contest were our soloists – Jaime Brown winning the Open Soprano event, Gen Smith gaining 2nd in the Open Bb Cornet, Ross Moloney 4th in the Open Baritone and it was great to see Helen Lashmar (retired life member of Excelsior) competing in the Open Tenor Horn section. Well done all.

Thanks and farewell – Steve Ridler

It was also a wonderful final contest for long-time member Steve Ridler (solo horn), who is retiring and moving back to his first home, England, with his lovely wife Tina. Over the past 14 years Steve has inspired many with his incredible technique and attention to detail. Always willing to help out and offer assistance, Steve has left an indelible mark on Excelsior, and we thank him for his contribution. He is one of few who has been in all seven National wins! Also a regular member of National Australia Brass led by Professor David King, Steve’s influence extended throughout Australia. At a recent farewell party, the band offered official thanks by making Steve a Life Member of Brisbane Excelsior. Combing this night with Bb bass player Steve Whittington’s 40th made for a great night for all! Many good memories were relived.

Thanks Steve, and all the best – we hope you enjoy your retirement!

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A Night with The Champions

A Night with The Champions

The Pine Rivers State High School Band, conducted by Barrie Gott, celebrates the school’s 50th Year in a combined concert with the most accomplished Australian Brass ensemble of all time—The Brisbane Excelsior Band conducted by Howard Taylor.

The Brisbane Excelsior Band earned the right to call itself Champion Band through its success in competition at both National and International levels. It has been invited on several occasions to travel to Europe and has done so on two occasions and also represented Australia at the famous Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong before a live audience of 400,000 and a television coverage of 180 million people.

This once in a lifetime opportunity should not be missed and it is all happening in the School Auditorium at the Pine Rivers State High School.

Where: Pine Rivers High School Auditorium
When: 28th March 2014
Time: 7pm sharp
Entry: Free

Remember its 170 seats only so be early. Refreshments served after the performance for a small fee.



2013 Windsor Brass – Botanic Gardens

2013 Windsor Brass – Botanic Gardens

Belmont Carols on the Oval

Belmont Carols on the Oval

Carindale Salvo’s present ‘BELMONT CAROLS ON THE OVAL’

*A free event to kick of the Christmas season*

The Salvation Army Carindale, in conjunction with Belmont State School, is set to once again present ‘Belmont Carols on the Oval’ in 2013. This annual event is to be held at Belmont State School Oval on Sunday 8th December. ‘Belmont Carols on the Oval’ is set to include special guests such as Blindside Quartet, Brisbane Excelsior Band, Adam Lopez and Iain Henderson, along with a fun filled sideshow alley, great food and a firework spectacular to end the night in style.

This year, ‘Belmont Carols on the Oval’ are proud to feature local artists and community groups as part of the pre-show entertainment line-up, starting at 5.00pm. This includes such local talent as Blindside Quartet, an emerging a-capella group from Brisbane, and the famous Brisbane Excelsior Band, the most successful brass band this country has ever seen. There will also be fun to be found for all ages in the sideshow alley boasting jumping castles, giant inflatable slides, market place, face painting, baby animal farm, BBQ, fairy floss and much more.

The night only gets better with the main Carols event starting at 7.00pm, featuring Adam Lopez (Guinness World Record Holder for largest vocal range), and young emerging Queensland Opera tenor Iain Henderson. Hear carols performed and played by The Carindale Salvation Army band and choir, and feel free to sing along. The night concludes with a cracker of a fireworks display!

This FREE event is open to all ages, so grab a picnic rug or chair, and get yourself down to the Belmont State School oval to enjoy a night of festive fun under the stars.


5:00pm – 8:30pm

Sunday 8 December 2013

Belmont State School Oval; Old Cleveland Road, CARINDALE, 4152

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Brass Fest 2013

Brass Fest 2013

BRASSFEST 2013 – Celebrating Australia’s best brass bands over two fantastic days!

When: 5th and 6th of October

Where: Concert Hall and Cascade Court, QPAC

Tickets: $35 Weekend Pass


A-Grade ‘Own Choice’ Competition, Concert Hall
$12.50 Adult
$7.50 Concession

Family entertainment, Cascade Court


A-Grade ‘Entertainment’ Competition, Concert Hall
$12.50 Adult
$7.50 Concession

Gala Concert and Awards Presentation, Concert Hall
$25.00 Adult
$15.00 Concession
$20.00 Groups of 8 or more

Book now at or call 136 246


Stars of Brass and Voice

Stars of Brass and Voice

Date: 27th July 2013
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $10
Venue: Salvation Army Temple, Anne Street, Brisbane
Bookings: Tickets available at door or at

Brisbane Excelsior – 2013 National Champions

Brisbane Excelsior – 2013 National Champions

Brisbane Excelsior under the musical direction of Howard Taylor, have claimed victory at the 2013 National Band Championships, held in Perth 29-31 March.

XLCR won the set Test (Devil and the Deep Blue Sea) and Stage March (ORB), and were placed second in both the Hymn (In this Quiet Moment) and Own Choice (Ancient Times).

Soloists Stuart Bent (trombone) and Louisa Lawless (flugel) won individual National titles.

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