Royal Show 2017

Royal Show fun 2017! Seven nights down and one remaining! How can playing in a brass band get more fun then this!

Sunday night playing in the rain and Thursday night standing in the soggy mud on the main arena. We draw the line at thunder and lightning!

We’ve had ACDC, Michael Jackson, Village People, Bon Jovi and more! Let’s rock for one more night!


WA Brass looking for new sponsor.

After 8 years performing as The Royal Agricultural Society of WA Brass, the band is now looking for a new naming rights sponsor. The Royal Agricultural Society has chosen not to renew the bands’ sponsorship, citing two consecutive years of bad weather at the Royal Show, along with a reduction in numbers that attend each year. We are extremely grateful that the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia has allowed us to continue rehearsing at the Claremont Showgrounds. The band will also continue to perform each evening during the 2017 Royal Show, out on the main arena. Whatever the weather!

WA Brass has a long and successful history stretching back almost sixty years. During this time it has established itself as a leading band in the Western Australian community banding and has been ‘A’ Grade champions in Western Australia since 1979. The band has been known under several names over its history. When the band originated it was as the junior band of the 11/44th Battalion of the City of Perth Regiment. In 1960 the band was incorporated as the National Youth Brass Band of Western Australia. After this for a period of time, sponsorship was received from the City of Stirling and the band performed as the City of Stirling Brass Band. The band later became known as the 6KY Brass Band and in 1984 sponsorship was transferred to Swan Television and the Band performed under the name Channel Nine Brass Band. Midland Brick sponsored the band from the beginning of the 1990’s until 2008. The Royal Agricultural Society of WA took up sponsorship of the band in 2009 until June 2017. The Band now performs under it’s registered name, WA Brass. At least until we source another naming rights sponsor…


Churchlands SHS and WA Brass Combined Concert

Churchlands School of Music and WA Brass present Churchlands Wind 1 and WA Brass in a Combined Concert

Saturday 5 August 2017 commencing at 2 pm at the Churchlands Concert Hall.

Churchlands SHS – 20 Lucca St Churchlands

Tickets are free but you will need to book through:

For further enquires please contact Tina Zimmer on 9441 1737 or email


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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WA State Band Festival 2017

RASWA Brass will be participating in the annual State Band Festival on Sunday 4 June 2017. Come along and listen to our community bands in one venue over the entire long weekend.

Venue: Callaway Auditorium. School of Music- University of WA.

Tickets: Available at the door. $10 day pass.($5 concession or $20 Family pass)

Saturday 3 June. (Concert Bands 9.00 am- 5.00 pm)

Sunday 4 June (Brass Bands)

9.45 am. Challenge Brass Band (D Grade Brass)
10.40 am. Town of Victoria Park Brass (C Grade Brass)
11.20 am.  City of Perth Brass (C Grade Brass)
12.00 noon.  Geraldton City Band (C Grade Brass)
1.00 pm. RASWA Brass (A Grade Brass)
2.20 pm.Canning City Brass (B Grade Brass)
3.10 am. Goldfields (Festival Brass)

Results will be announced after each grade.

Monday 5 June (Solo and Ensemble Competition 9.00 am – 2.00 pm)



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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