Foreign Advice

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Well Worth It, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. Well Worth It

    Well Worth It Active Member

    Just wondering if our foreign friends could post an outline as to how their their home country's banding sections (grades??) or organised.
    Championship Section
    First Section
    Second Section
    Third Section
    Fourth Section
    Youth Section.

  2. Keppler

    Keppler Moderator Staff Member

    At National/Regional Level
    Brass 1
    Brass 2
    Brass 3

    In other contests, they tend to have Junior/Inter/Senior and lump brass bands in with concert bands...
  3. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    I don't know exactly what you want....but if this helps, and maybe the other guys can lend a hand.

    C and
    plus a Junior grade at state level. Come nationals, we then break that up to Junior A B and I think there's a C......
  4. hunting_high

    hunting_high Member

    Amateur bands:
    Elite divisjon (Championship Section)
    1. divisjon (First Section)
    2. divisjon
    3. divisjon
    4. divisjon

    Youth Brassband
    1. divisjon
    2. divisjon
    3. divisjon

    (And the same sections in the windband system.)
  5. In Denmark:

    1st division (Elite)
    2nd division
    3rd division

    dunno about the wind bands
  6. Aussie Levels and approx. correspondence to brit levels...

    A Grade = Championship Standard - Very High 1st Section
    B Grade = Mid 1st Section - High 2nd Section
    C Grade = Mid 2nd Section - 3rd Section
    D Grade = 4th Section

    Junior A = High level youth bands
    Junior B = Mid level youth bands
    Junior C = Lower level youth bands

    All grades and standards have one common Nationals event held over 5 days on the easter weekend consisting of Hymntune, Stage March, Set Test and Own Choice and there is also a streetmarch competition run in conjunction with the Onstage events - participation is compulsory for brass bands. Wind Orchestras/Concert Bands also have their own divisions as part of the National contest although in Australia Wind Orchestras tend not to measure their success by means of National Competition and these divisions rarely attract more than a handfull competitors
  7. Lothianh

    Lothianh Member

    The North American Brass Band Association (NABBA) championships have a somewhat bewildering number of sections listed on their website. Bands specify when they register for the contest each year which section they want to compete in, and are generally not promoted or relegated through any official procedure. However, if a band wins their section three years in a row, they must move up a section or (if they are already in the top section) take a year off. In general, this self-selection has worked well, as bands that are unable to compete effectively and consistently at a given level find the effort unrewarding and drop down to one which is more fitting.

    It is worth noting that NABBA exists not to strictly run contests, but to foster the growth of brass bands in North America. Therefore, while the main sections enforce instrumentation rules, opportunities exist for participation by bands that do not meet these standards (maybe they have some trumpets instead of cornets, or french horns instead of tenors). Also in the interests of inclusiveness, bands from abroad have been welcome to compete if they meet the membership requirements - Hawthorne City from Australia in 1994 and Stavanger from Norway in 2003 have both done so.

    The sections and rough UK equivalents are indicated below.

    Championship Section = Championship and high First section

    Honors Section = First & Second section

    Challenge Section = Third and Fourth section

    Youth Section - obviously open to youth bands only

    In addition, there are Open, Exhibition, and Explorer sections - I am somewhat unsure about what the differences between these classes are. I believe that Open performs the same test piece as the Challenge section, but has open instrumentation. Exhibition is non-competative, and no prizes are awarded. Explorer - I'm not sure what differentiates it from the others...


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