Brisbane Water Brass

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August 2017 Brisbane Water Brass finished first in D grade division at the 2017 NSW State Band Championships.

April 2017 - Resignation of Jonathan Gatt and Appointment of Michael Forsyth as Brisbane Waters Brass Band Musical Director

June 2016 Brisbane Water Brass 4th Place East Coast Band of Australia Championship Combined C and D Grade and 2nd Place in the Combined C and D Grade Festival of Bands.

August 2015 - Brisbane Water Brass finished third in D grade division at the 2015 NSW State Band Championships.

Febuary 2015 - Transfer of Robert Thompson to Wagga Wagga and Appointment of Jonathan Gatt as Brisbane Waters Brass Band Musical Director

2014 1st Place East Coast Band of Australia Championship Combined C and D Grade and 1st Place in the Combined C and D Grade Festival of Bands.

8th June -Brisbane Water Brass at the 2014 Festival of Bands and East Coast of Australia Band Championship held at the Newcastle Town Hall by The Hunter Regional Band Association.

24th August 2013- Local band at the 2013 NSW State Band Championships

The results for the 2013 NSW State Band Championships at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith.

Brisbane Water Brass finished first in D grade division at the 2013 NSW State Band Championships.

November 2012 - Retirement of Jonathan Gatt and Appointment of Robert Thompson as Brisbane Waters Brass Band Musical Director

26th August 2012 - Local band at the 2012 NSW State Band Championships

The results for the 2012 NSW State Band Championships at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith.

Brisbane Water Brass finished runners up in D grade division at the 2012 NSW State Band Championships.

10th June 2012 1st Place East Coast of Australia Band Championship combined C and D Grade and Runner up in the Combined C and D Grade Festival of Bands.

The results are for the Festival of Bands and East Coast of Australia Band Championship held at the Newcastle Town Hall by The Hunter Regional Band Association.

25th September 2011 - Local band at the 2011 NSW State Band Championships

The results are in from the 2011 NSW State Band Championships at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith.

Brisbane Water Brass finished in equal 1st Place(Second place using the score achieved in the test piece) in their division.

26 August 2009 - Local band wins at the 2009 NSW State Band Championships

2009 NSW State Band Championship

Seated, left to right, cornetists Charlie Stewart & Larry Powers. Standing: trombonist Bernie Leonard(Dec), cornetists Ken Townsend (President) and Colin Laybutt (Secretary), and tenor horn Tony Brewer and baritone Beryl Chalker.

The results are in from the 2009 NSW State Band Championships held 22 & 23 August at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith.

Adjudicator Peter Walmsley OAM has awarded Brisbane Water Brass a combined total of 197 points for their performance playing Crimond (Hymn), Haselmere Suite (Test piece) and The Mexican Fiesta (Band's Choice). This high score saw the Brisbane Water Brass finish in 1st Place in their division.

Brisbane Water Brass were formed just 5 years ago and has since grown to over 25 band members under the direction of their Musical Director Jonathan Gatt. Jonathan not only directed on the day, but is himself a 9x Tenor Horn State Champion.

Brisbane Water Brass practice every Tuesday evening and are always looking for brass and percussion musicians to join them. For further information, contact club secretary Colin Laybutt on 4369 5269, mobile 0419 436 943, e-mail: calturn@bigpond.com.au or go to: www.brisbanewaterbrass.org.au


18 May 2009 - BRASS ON SUNDAY

Brisbane Water Brass Cornet Players

Brisbane Water Brass cornet players (from left) Brian Findlay, Larry Powers and band President Ken Townsend

The unique and beautiful sounds of brass band music will fill Gosford RSL Club from 2pm on Sunday 18 May when Brisbane Water Brass presents its first BRASS ON SUNDAY concert.

Musical Director of Brisbane Water Brass, Jonathan Gatt said, “The concert will have something for everyone, from popular tunes to well-loved classics. Several soloists from the band will also be featured. Brisbane Water Brass is only 4 years old and the development of the band in that time has been just wonderful.”

Brisbane Water Brass always welcomes enquiries from potential new players or bookings for community events. Please call band Secretary Richard Collins on 4368 1042.

Tickets for BRASS ON SUNDAY are $10 each and will be available at the door. Tickets may also be pre-purchased from the RSL Club or by calling 4368 1042.


16 August 2007 - Our Musical Director Equals Record!

The Musical Director of Brisbane Water Brass, Jonathan Gatt, has had outstanding success at the Hunter Regional Band Association Solo and Party Championship events held on 5 August 2007 at Rathmines. Jonathan won the Open Tenor Horn section for the ninth time, and was Champion of Champions for a record-equalling sixth time.

Music plays a very important part in Jonathan’s life. As well as conducting Brisbane Water Brass, Jonathan is also Musical Director of Parramatta City Brass Band, and has been Principal Solo Tenor Horn at St. Marys District Brass Band since 1985 and Principal Euphonium at the City of Sydney Concert Band since 2000. He is also President of the Band Association of NSW.

“Music has given so much to me, and it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to give something back to it,” said Jonathan.

“Brisbane Water Brass is very fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated musician as Jonathan for our Musical Director,” said our President Ken Townsend. “Through his efforts, the band’s musical development during its short four year life has been most impressive.”

Congratulations, Jonathan!