The Victorian Youth Band Festival is open to all Youth Bands. The festival provides an opportunity for you to showcase your talents; for bands to gain experience in performing in public; and to meet other like-minded young people with a passion for music.
To register your band please click on the link below.
The festival is produced by Skunkworks Community Limited in association with the Victorian Bands' League.
The festival provides an opportunity for young musicians to gain experience in public performance and to meet like minded young musicians.
VENUE: Hawthorn Town Hall, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn VIC 3122
Date: Sunday 29th October 2023
There are no rules. Any band of any size and standard can enter. This is a non-competitive festival with the main aim of providing experience and enjoyment to band members and the public.
Can't field a full band? No worries, if you have essential chairs that need to be filled you may co-opt an adult musician to fill that chair in the spirit that it gives a chance for the younger musicians to perform. The Victorian State Youth Brass Band (VSYBB) will also be on hand if you wish to borrow a young musician to fill a chair. Please let us know in the contact form below if you would like a player from the VSYBB to help fill out your band.
We wish to make this festival accessible to smaller bands just starting out as well as more established bands. For this reason the entry fee will be based on the number of band members. The entry fee is $10 per band member. Your band will be invoiced once you complete the registration form below.
Audience Tickets: Tickets will go on sale in due course via the Boroondara Arts Centre Box Office.
Ticket prices will be:
The Victorian Youth Band Festival will feature special guests Lyrebird Brass comprising world class musicians Tim Buzbee, Don Immel, Carla Blackwood, Joel Brennan and Rosie Turner.
Comprising some of Australia's top brass musicians, Lyrebird Brass is a collective of artists dedicated to performing the finest brass chamber music. The group’s mission is twofold: to engage Australian audiences through exceptional artistry and accessible programming, and to expand repertoire through new commissions with a particular emphasis on Australian music and works by composers from underrepresented demographics. Members have performed across the globe in many of the world's premiere ensembles, each bringing a unique musical background to the troupe . Lyrebird Brass is the first professional Australian brass ensemble to feature women as core members.