Victoria's best brass bands shine in South Street

THE STATE'S best bands converged in Ballarat at the weekend for the Victorian Band Championships.-

The  Moonee Valley Brass Band performs for the crowd at Sunday's Royal South Street 2014 Victorian Band Championships. Picture: Justin Whitelock

The Moonee Valley Brass Band performs for the crowd at Sunday's Royal South Street 2014 Victorian Band Championships. Picture: Justin Whitelock

Coordinated by the Victorian Bands League, the event is run in conjunction with the Royal South Street Eisteddfod at Her Majesty's Theatre. -

South Street competition and marketing coordinator Amanda Fewell said the competition went for two days and attracted bands from all around the state.-

Unlike other South Street events, there were no school groups rather city and municipality bands. -

She said there were 27 bands including musicians of all ages and stages. -

"There's a long history with South Street and bands, so it is quite special we can continue its tradition." -

VBL President Megan Stapleton had looked forward to returning to Her Majestys Theatre.-

"Her Majestys obviously has the wonderful heritage but acoustically is also a very good venue," Ms Stapleton said.-

The 2014 Royal South Street Eisteddfod began on July 28 and will run up until November 2. -

Debating, pianoforte and speech and drama have already come to a close. Bands and choral will run over the coming weeks.

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