2nd Place Nationals Finish For Feds!

The South Brisbane Federal Band is thrilled to announce its 2nd place finish in the 2014 Australian National Brass Band Championships held over the Easter weekend.
After a year of rebuilding, hard work and commitment, the Feds are thrilled with the podium finish. 
Band President Shane Midgley said “The band couldn’t be happier with the result.  We have all worked extremely hard to build, develop and prepare our band for nationals.  We are so proud to come away so close to a win.”
Held in Brisbane, this year’s competition was one of the hardest fought in recent history, with the chosen Test Piece Kenneth Downie’s St Magnus living up to its fearsome reputation.
Said Musical Director Louisa Lawless of the piece “St Magnus, gave us, along with every other band, the challenge of a lifetime. The technical and musical requirements of the piece gave us exactly what it was meant to...a test.”
Thanks to Louisa’s musical leadership, the band was ready for the challenge, and an outstanding performance of St Magnus and our chosen hymn ‘Crimond’ saw the band in key position after day one, with only a point separating the band from first place.
Sunday saw a major shakeup in the points-race with every band pulling out all the stops for the own choice and stage march performances.   
A level headed consistency from both Louisa and the band, and a passionate performance of Philip Wilby’s Paganini Variations saw the band maintain its second place through to the winner’s presentations.
The second place finish is the highest for the band in 40 years, and builds on a very credible 4th place at last year’s competition.  
A big thank you must go to MD Louisa Lawless for such a strong result in her Nationals conducting debut.  With-out her superb direction, tireless dedication and musical leadership, the band could not have achieved so much.  It is a credit to her commitment and ability to have brought the band so far in just 12 months.
Thankyou and congratulations must also go to all of our band members and soloists for their superb performances over the competition weekend.  
Special mentions go to Principle Cornet Nathan Schilling (who led the band with such professionalism and enthusiasm), Soprano Stewart Grenier (in his A Grade debut no less), Solo Horn Geo Shaw, Principal Euphonium Anton Kalisch-Smith, Eb Bass Lachlan Mclean and Principal Percussionist Kerrie-Anne Looi.  Their dedication and musicality helped make this year’s nationals a competition to remember. 
“This nationals result has placed us firmly on track in our goal to make ours a band that balances high morale, community links and a high level of performance. It is a massive achievement for every player, helper, family member and supporter.  This is just the beginning of an exciting time for the band as we continue building a successful organization”. Musical Director Louisa Lawless

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