State Band Festival Success

WA Brass had a very successful weekend at the State Band Festival 2017 which was held over the June long weekend. Being the only A Grade Brass Band in the state, we had no one competing in our grade but still required sufficient marks to be awarded the A Grade Open Brass Trophy. Congratulations to Ben Noonan on Principal Cornet who was awarded the Norm Snow Trophy for best soloist within a brass band.

Hymn: Jerusalem 45/50 (Parry arr Lourens)
Test Piece: Rococo Variations (Gregson) 94/100
March: Viva Birkenshaw (Rimmer) 43/50

On Monday, a number of soloists performed in the solo and party competition. Congratulations to Ben MacDonald on being awarded the Junior Brass Solo Award.  Not content with just one solo prize over the weekend, Ben Noonan took out another solo award, the A Grade Brass Solo Prize with WA Brass players taking out the top four places.

Ben Noonan (Cornet) 96
Sarah Draper (Tenor horn) 95
Justin Freeman (Euphonium) 92
Glyn MacDonald (Trombone) 91

Mike Willett was awarded the Allan Conroy Memorial Trophy as WA Bands-person of the year. Mike’s 30 year contribution to the band and to banding in WA was recognised in front of a packed audience and presented by Allison Conroy. Mike has been a tireless worker and great musical contributor to the band over many years and was a very worthy recipient of this award. Congratulations to Mike.

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Cruise Ship Welcome

At 7 am on Tuesday 6 December, RASWA Brass were on the balcony of the Fremantle Passenger Terminal to welcome the newest and biggest cruise ship to Australian waters. The Ovation of the Seas was on it’s maiden voyage to Australia and the band was in the middle of all the action. 11 stories of balconies overlooking the band, the floating hotel gave us an instant audience. Passengers disembarked over the gangplank dancing away to our PLS charts. What a great way to start the day! The band can be heard and seen on the two pages below.




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Music to the ears as WA’s largest pipe organ matches the might of our state’s premier brass ensemble


Sunday 31 July at 2:30pm

The Basilica of St Patrick,

Cnr of Parry and Adelaide Streets, Fremantle


Finlandia combines two musical forces of great magnitude: The Royal Agricultural Society of WA Brass under the baton of Dr Alan Lourens meets the might of WA’s largest pipe organ, housed in the Basilica of St Patrick in Fremantle, played with gusto by organ virtuoso Dominic Perissinotto.

The concert program features Arthur Wills’ The Fenlands ‘Symphonic Suite’, Jean Sibelius’ majestic Finlandia, and a work from Norway, Nåde (Mercy), complemented by works for brass and organ, as the organ mirrors the luscious sonority of the brass band.

As Western Australia’s premier brass ensemble, The Royal Agricultural Society of WA Brass provides music in all styles – from traditional hymns, marches and contest music to light classics, popular and specialty music. RASWA Brass has wooed local audiences for more than 50 years and features Dr Alan Lourens as its Musical Director. Alan is also Head of the School of Music at the University of Western Australia, where he directs the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble.

Dominic Perissinotto’s performance at the organ will be projected onscreen via two cameras, one for his hands and the other for his feet, fully displaying his incredible skill and ability as an organist as he works through compositions spanning two centuries of European music.

Pipe Organ Plus is a long-running concert series pairing the organ with an array of sublime musicians and artists, performing in majestic Western Australian venues, exploring the full spectrum of music from medieval to modern. All concert events feature complimentary interval refreshments, affording the audience time to talk with other concertgoers, as well as meeting the performers.


Tickets: Standard $40, Concession $35 and Students (U-18) $20

Concert tickets available via or at the door from one hour prior to the start time. The concert runs for approximately two hours, including an interval where complimentary refreshments will be served.

Complimentary afternoon tea served during interval by Creative Catering and supplied by Elmstock Tea, Essenza Coffee & Picobello Patisserie.

Pipe Organ Plus is supported by Ticketbooth, Jamie McGleave Marketing, Music @ St Thomas’, Clancy’s Fish Pub & the Basilica of St Patrick.DominicPerissinotto-184-Edit

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National Band Festival Retrospect – 1-5 July 2014

Morning bandies and groupies!  We’ve been quiet lately hibernating through cold winter rehearsals hugging gas heaters and seeing out the previous financial year (I was busy balancing the books! #treasurerthings).  However the new financial year see’s us back on the interwebs again with lots to talk about and keeping you updated on all things RASWA.  We also have some new committee members and blog writers so you’ll see new faces wordsmithing with you soon.

NABFest - Sarah and Sheona

Our superstar Sarah (Left) with Sheona White, Tenor Horn superstar (Right)

First up, National Australia Brass met in July for the 7th time since it’s inception in 2008.  Our very own Principal Horn Sarah Draper represented RASWA playing tenor horn.

Forty-five musicians from around Australia and Europe participated in 4 days of rehearsals under the direction of Professor David King.  The Band was lucky enough to enjoy the brand new performing arts centre at Wesley College in Melbourne.  After rehearsing a great selection of music, the week culminated in a concert at the Iwaki Auditorium, home of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.  This year saw three international soloists join NAB.  Sheona White (Tenor horn) from the UK, Phillipe Schwartz (Euphonium) from Luxembourg and Stale Sleire Johansen (Tuba) from Norway.  It was a great week of music making with some phenomenal players!



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RASWA Brass records with Ted Egan

Alan Lourens and Ted EganOrana RecordingThe honorable Ted Egan AO is a name familiar to most Australians – he is a legendary folk singer who has devoted his life to the Australian way of life and particularly his adopted home – Alice Springs.

Now aged 81, Ted still regularly performs in Alice Springs and around Australia. In 2013, he came to WA to make a recording of his famous song “The ANZACs” with RASWA Brass. Also on the recording are the children from Orana Primary in Willetton.  The recording will be released Australia wide later this year.

For the last 40 years Ted has been writing and recording songs, filming and writing about the Australian people who to Ted, represents the real ethos of this country. He has just completed his 30th album of songs. He has been “the presenter” of 13 x 1 hour documentary films titled This Land Australia, and has written ten books.

Ted was appointed as Administrator of the Northern Territory from 2003 to 2007. He has lived in the Northern Territory since 1950 and has worked for the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs. He was a member of the first National Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1993 for services to the Aboriginal people, and for “an ongoing contribution to the literary heritage of Australia through song and verse” In 2004, Ted Egan was promoted to an Officer of the Order (AO).

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Happy Easter to all our fans and supporters.  And if Easter’s not for you then just enjoy the increase in chocolate permitted at this time of the year.  😉

Good luck to all Bands and especially our Soloists competing at the 2014 Australian Nationals.  Check out and watch the live feed of the competition.  A & B Grade Brass start today.

To round out here’s a pic from our 90’s archive.  From our Midland Brick Days.  Don’t we look dapper!



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