Waratah Brass Endorses New Life Members

Waratah Brass is proud to announce the endorsement of four new life members: Leonie Wilks, Stephen Grice, David Wilks and Therese Curry. The new life members were presented with their life membership and commemorative plaque at the recent 130th Anniversary Concert held at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle on 16th November, 2014 by Waratah Brass President … Read more

Waratah Brass Honors Milton Morris AO with Life Membership

Waratah Brass is proud to announce our newest Life Member The Honorable Milton Morris AO.  Mr Morris was presented with his life membership and commemorative plaque at the recent Proms at the Lake concert on 29th September, 2013 by another Waratah Brass Life Member Jimmy McNeill.  Grahame Scott gave a wonderful speech on Mr Morris’ … Read more

2012 NSW State Band Championships

Waratah Brass was excited to compete in the NSW Band Championships held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, NSW on Saturday 25th August, 2012.  After missing the competition the last few years, it was great to be back battling it out with the top bands from NSW. The band played the Sacred Item: … Read more

Waratah Brass Soloists Excel

While we usually bring you news of the band as a whole, this time we’re featuring some of our talented and dedicated players who choose to test their mettle against other Australian brass players competing in solo competitions. As with previous years, 2012 saw some of our players compete in solo competitions at the national, … Read more

Review: Waratah Brass Presents ‘Brass with Class’

Brass with Class: Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay Waratah Brass (Assistant Musical Director Mr Rowan Taylor) Sunday 8th July 2012 is a day to remember in the concert life of this group of performers who collectively make up the members of Waratah Brass for it was one concert that came with little fanfare … Read more

Waratah Brass Wins 2012 East Coast of Australia Band Championships

Securing their position as the Hunter’s Premier Brass Band, Waratah Brass won top honors in their section in both the East Coast of Australia Band Championships and the Festival of the Bands competitions held at Newcastle City Hall on Sunday June 10, 2012. Early Sunday morning, the band competed in the Brass Section 1 (A … Read more

Review: “East Coast of Australia” Band Championships and “Festival of the Bands” Entertainment Contest

Waratah Brass shine in the “East Coast of Australia” Band Championships and “Festival of the Bands” Entertainment Contest Sunday 10 June 2012 Newcastle City Hall ————————— In a day that had been long awaited musicians and supporters traveled long distances from all over New South Wales to come and participate in a contest that was … Read more

Review: Waratah Brass Presents ‘World of Brass’

World of Brass: Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay Waratah Brass in Concert with Guest Conductor Mr Ron Prussing Memorial Performance for the late Ron Grice, Musical Director and Cornetist ———————————————————————————————— There is a very old adage that says ‘The show must go on’ and on this occasion this concert certainly lived up to … Read more

In Memoriam: Ron Grice

Waratah Brass is extremely sad to convey the news of the passing of Ron Grice.  Ron passed away on 23rd February 2012, aged 71 years.  Our deepest sympathy goes out to Elizabeth, Paul, Stephen and the rest of Ron’s family. Many band members past and present gathered at the Memorial Service to celebrate Ron’s life … Read more

Review: Waratah Brass Presents ‘Band in Bits’

Band in Bits:  Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, Warners Bay Waratah Brass (Steven English) Review by GSM —————————————————————————————————————– Entering the Performing Arts Centre one could hear and feel a sense of anticipation for this concert as it was the first offering from Waratah Brass for its 2012 season of performances. Band members eagerly chatting with … Read more