Toronto Brass third overall in B Grade at Australian National Band Championships in Brisbane over Easter

HIGH NOTE: Toronto Brass in the warm-up area before taking to the main stage in Brisbane at the Australian National Band Championships. It was another big result for the locals. Picture: Supplied
HIGH NOTE: Toronto Brass in the warm-up area before taking to the main stage in Brisbane at the Australian National Band Championships. It was another big result for the locals. Picture: Supplied

Toronto Brass is celebrating its third placing overall in B Grade at the Australian National Band Championships in Brisbane over Easter.

The band strives to compete at every national titles, and in recent years has travelled to Adelaide, Launceston and Melbourne.

Toronto made a strong start to the three-day titles in Brisbane, scoring an outstanding 97 points on the Friday to win the hymn tune and set test piece.

There were 16 bands contesting B grade.

Saturday saw 50 brass bands parade and march down the main streets of Brisbane. Toronto Brass likes to have fun so they played Walking on Sunshine while wearing Hawaiian shirts.

The band was lucky to finish the parade before the heavens opened. Members were wondering earlier in the morning if Singing in the Rain would have been a more appropriate choice.

On Sunday, Toronto Brass drew number 16 in the session, making it the last band to perform in the competition. The band scored second place in the 'own choice piece' and the stage march.

WELL PLAYED: Toronto Brass stands to acknowledge the applause after Sunday nights performance at Brisbane City Hall. Picture: Supplied

WELL PLAYED: Toronto Brass stands to acknowledge the applause after Sunday nights performance at Brisbane City Hall. Picture: Supplied

The final scores saw Toronto Brass placed third overall. Musical director Tim O'Hearn commended the 33 members of the band.

The band's focus is now on the free junior brass and percussion workshop to be held on Sunday, May 26, at Westlakes Music Centre, Rathmines.

"Places are filling fast so anyone wishing to attend should register as soon as possible," Toronto Brass's Kylie-Ann Lysaght said.

"Players at this workshop must be able to bring their own brass instrument or percussion sticks with them. They will learn and practice new music and perform a short concert for family and friends at the end of the day."

Email torontobrassband@gmail.com for details.

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