Discovery of WW1 Bass Drum

Whilst doing a clean out of the bands’ storeroom in 2013, one of our members saw through all the clutter an old, battered bass drum with a torn head. Only when inspecting more closely did we realise the significance of this drum. On the inside of the drum, we discovered faint markings of soldiers who…

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FYCB Celebrates a Great Result at Nationals

The Footscray-Yarraville City Band achieved an outstanding result at the Australian National Band Championships held over Easter this year in Gawler, South Australia. Competing against eight other bands in A Grade, Footscray-Yarraville took out third place overall against some very strong competition. The contest adjudicator made a special mention to our Musical Director, Phillipa Edwards, for the…

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The Maid of Orlèans

Below is a recording of the world premiere of Todd Smith’s latest composition “The Maid of Orlèans”. This was performed live on stage at the 2016 national band Championships in Gawler, South Australia. A big thanks to Todd for writing such a wonderful and challenging piece for us, and to the team at Brassbanned for bringing us…

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Remembering Jenny Morrish 1984-2015

Many of our friends and family will know that not long after the Australian Nationals of 2015, our dear friend and percussionist extraordinaire, Jenny Morrish, was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and passed away 7 weeks later. We had always promised Jenny that we would one day supply her with a decent set of…

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Guest Artists Announced for The Silent ANZAC

We are very excited to announce a stellar line up of special guests that will join us in commemorating and reflecting on the centenary of ANZAC. Please see the event details to learn more about the concert and to book FREE tickets. Bookings are essential, and are running out fast. Nicholas Coghlan, The Poet Nicholas Coghlan…

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Music for Jenny

Our dear friend Jenny Morrish has recently passed away, and our thoughts are with Jenny’s family and close friends during this time. The planned benefit concert is going ahead on Sunday 23rd August, and together we will share in an afternoon of remembering and celebrating Jenny’s life. What an incredibly cool, kind, and talented woman she…

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2015 Victorian State Solo & Ensemble Championships

The 2015 Victorian State Solo and Ensemble Championships were once again held at Our Lady of Mercy College on 25-26 July, and many of Footscray’s finest competed again this year. Nearly all the open sections contained a Footscray player in them, with up to 5 Scraggers in some sections!! All performed to an excellent standard with…

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ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Concert

ANZAC Concert 26-4-15 Join us for an afternoon of wonderful music to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC. The concert features the mighty Footscray-Yarraville City Band with internationally renowned Contralto Liane Keegan, Geneva Instruments™ artist Jamie Lawson, and International Organ soloist Thomas Heywood on the fabulous St Andrew’s Church organ.    

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Workshop with Professor David King

Last Thursday evening, Footscray-Yarraville had a workshop under the world-renowned Professor David King, sharing his amazing musical insight and offering extremely valuable advice on the major work for the state championships, “Dances and Alleluias” by Philip Sparke. Some members of the band chose to have a one on one lesson with David, and all found…

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