Waratah Brass – Newcastle Rebrands with a New Logo

Waratah Brass – Newcastle is delighted to announce we have a new logo!

Our new logo marks the return of our namesake and NSW State Flower, the Waratah (or for you anthophiles out there – Telopea speciosissima) which has represented the band throughout our long history.

Created by fellow bandsman and graphic designer, Roger Quinn, the logo is a convergence of both traditional and modern which is the perfect embodiment of our organization.

Both Waratah Brass and Waratah Brass Academy Band debuted the new logo on our uniforms at the recent East Coast of Australia Championships and it was great to be back on the contest stage, especially looking so sharp!

If you missed it in person, you can check out the new design on our website

as well as our socials and we’ll be decked out in the new uniform from here on out so you’ll see it at our upcoming events, including the NSW State Band Championships – hope to see you all there!

Success at 2021 Australian National Online Festival of Bands

Waratah Brass and Waratah Brass Academy Band have enjoyed a very successful campaign at the 2021 Australian National Online Festival of Bands.  Due to the COVID pandemic, the competition was conducted by submitting videos which were adjudicated and livestreamed (instead of the usual in person competition).

Waratah Brass Academy Band entered the D Grade Brass Hymn section with “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” Arr Cecil Bolton & Eric Banks and Concert Item section with “Moses, Get Down” by Barry Gott.  Their hard work and skill earned them Gold in both sections.

Waratah Brass entered the B Grade Brass Hymn with “I’ll Walk With God” by Nicholas Brodszky; Arr. Goff Richards, Major Own Choice with “The Year of the Dragon” by Philip Sparke, Concert Item with “Horizons” by Paul Lovatt-Cooper and March with “Simoraine” by Clive Barraclough.  Their hard work and skill earning Platinum in the Hymn and Major Own Choice and Gold in the Concert Item and March.

A fabulous result for the bands and their musical directors Therese Hayden and Stephen Grice!

Waratah Brass Endorses New Life Member

Waratah Brass is proud to announce the endorsement of a new life member: Grahame Scott.

Grahame was presented with his life membership and commemorative plaque at the recent concert on 20th December, 2020 by Waratah Brass President Ian Percy.

Grahame was endorsed following a speech on his history with and contributions to the band.  Details on the Life Members page.