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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

2020 NSW State Band Festival Online Results

Sunday November 15th was a fabulous day for our organization at the NSW State Band Festival Online.   Waratah Brass Academy Band have improved dramatically over the last year despite the challenges they faced with the COVID pandemic.  They entered four categories in the Open D Grade Brass section and won/placed in three: tied 1st […]

East Coast Championships – June 2019

Competition Results Section Band Name Grade Sacred, Own Choice, Total   2 Brass Newcastle PCYC Brass C 46,  91,  137,  2nd   2 Brass Southern Brass C 44, 93, 137,  1st   2 Brass Wollongong Brass Band 2 D 41, 85, 133.5, 4th   2 Brass Gosford City Brass D 43, 85, 135.5, 3rd   […]

Waratah Brass wins 2017 East Coast of Australia Championships

Waratah Brass rejoined the competitive banding world on Sunday June 11th, 2017 competing at the HRBA East Coast of Australia Championships and Festival of the Bands at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. The band presented the Sacred Item: I Know Thou Art Mine by Leonard Ballantine and the Own Choice The Year of the Dragon by […]

Waratah Brass Soloists Excel in 2015 Nationals

While the band did not attend the 2015 National Band Championships, a few of our members were on the stage in various capacities. Greg Bennett played magnificently and became the Australian National Champion in the Eb Tuba. Not satisfied with just one instrument, Greg also competed in the Open Tenor Trombone placing 5th. However, that […]