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ANBC Cooma 2016 – 5th November – Regional Competition & National Grand Final

NOBBY ANDREWS 001ANBC Cooma 2016 will be a combined event. A Cooma Regional Competition plus National Grand Final on the same day (5th November).

The Grand Final which will contain invited finalists from ANBC Stanthorpe Regional Competition (which was held earlier this year in February) as well as finalists selected during day’s busking in Cooma. This will be the last such combined event.

In 2017 we are on track to have possibly 10 or more Regional Competitions. We will then have two events in Cooma – A Cooma Regional Competition and a National Grand Final also held in Cooma where finalists from all the 10 or so, more about Regional Competitions will compete for the major titles.

The two 2017 Cooma events will be held in Cooma at different times in the year. The Cooma Regional Competition will be held possibly in Autumn 2017 and the Grand Final will be later in the year in November 2017.


Why Busk?

Busking is so cool right now! And the Australian National Busking Championships is growing throughout the States of Australia with over 9 Regional Competitions planned for 2017.

Here are some of the benefits to the buskers that perform in Australian National Busking Championships:

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Josh Maynard 

1. Anyone can be a busker – Beginners to professionals
2. Lots of prizes to go around – Multiple prizes for 3 age categories, pregnancy best band, sale and special judges awards.
3. All genres of music welcome – from country to blues, patient from folk to classical
4. Singers and instrumentalists welcome.
5. Non-musical street entertainers welcome
6. Solos, Duos, Trios and larger ensembles and choirs welcome.
7. All cash tips you make on the day are yours to keep
8. Sell your CDs and merchandise – no problems
9. Enjoy the attention and encouragement of large numbers of happy people  – they are there to enjoy the busking festival and your music.
10. 1st 2nd & 3rd  place getters of the age categories will automatically qualify to compete in the Grand Final in Cooma NSW
11. All the top performers will receive year-round promotion through our website and social media pages = gigs! Become part of an Australian wide celebration of Street Music.
12. Last but not least – it’s so much Fun! We’ve found in Cooma that many buskers have been coming back year after year, many travelling hundreds of miles. Prizes or no prizes!

Here are the Benefits to Music Teachers, Schools and Music Organizations:
1. The busking championships is a great motivator for students
2. A fun goal to aim towards
3. Building repertoire – buskers need to perfect at least 30 minutes of solid playing
4. Puts music on a bigger stage in your community – lifting its profile.
5. Builds interest in music
6. Keeps students interested and engaged
7. Attracts more people into studying and being involved in music.
8. It’s very cool.


The Bush Nutz rockin’ it out at ANBC Stanthorpe 2016

Australian National Busking Championships™ 2015

The Australian National Busking Championships™ 2015 held in Cooma on Saturday 7th November were once again an outstanding success. The high standard and wide range of  the performances was breathtaking. Over 150 buskers competed  for 21 trophies and prizes worth over $10, this web 000 in total.

The Winners were…

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Prizes & Winners 2015

The String Family -Open Champions -Best Band -Special Judges Award_Family

The String Family
-Open Champions
-Best Band
-Special Judges Award_Family

Here’s some photos from the day:


Australian National Busking Championships™ 2014

ANBC Cooma 2014 was a fantastic success!

Guyy Lilleyman_Open Champion_ANBC Cooma 2014

Guyy Lilleyman_Open Champion_ANBC Cooma 2014

And the Winners are:

Winners – 2014 ANBC Cooma

Here’s some great photos of the day

The Winners Cooma Music Competition 2016


This year’s 11th Cooma Music Competition was a a great success with over 50 musicians performing competing in heats all day from 12 noon. And then 16 were selected  perform in a Finals Concert at 7 pm to win 8 major prizes

Mia Mrsic won her heats in Piano Secondary & Strings Secondary. Mia went on to win The Peter de Jager Piano Prize & The P D Murphy Award for Strings

Mia Mrsic won her heats in Piano Secondary & Strings Secondary. Mia went on to win The Peter de Jager Piano Prize & The P D Murphy Award for Strings

Here are the results from the heats:

  • Piano Primary – Ella Mrsic
  • Piano Secondary – Mia Mrsic
  • Strings Primary – Ella Mrsic
  • Strings Secondary – Mia Mrsic
  • Voice Primary – Isobel Walker
  • Woodwind & Brass – Rachel Bennett
  • Classical Guitar Primary – Olo Brademann
  • Classical Guitar Secondary – Darcy Clayton
  • Instrumental Ensemble – The Brademann Brothers
  • Voice Secondary – Matilda Rose
  • Group Voice Secondary – Emma & Matilda
  • Voice Open – Nancy Groves
  • Original Secondary – Shelby Grace
  • Original Open –  Timothy Cooke
  • Wild Cards – Dante Clavijo & Laila Bradshaw

Here are the results from the Finals Concert:


  • Frank Scott Music Award – for any concert band instrument (Trophy & $50 voucher)  – Rachel Bennett
  • Russell & Jackie Fox Music Award – for most outstanding primary performance (Trophy & $50 voucher) – Olo Brademann
  • P D Murphy Award for Strings – for best performance on Violin, recipe Viola or Cello (Trophy & $50 voucher) – Mia Mrsic
  • Peter de Jager Piano Prize – for best piano performance (Trophy & $200 voucher) – Mia Mrsic
  • Narrawong Classical Guitar Award – (Trophy & $200 voucher) – Dante Clavijo
  • Ron Cox Vocal Award – (Trophy & $100 voucher) – Laila Bradshaw
  • Original Composition Award -(Trophy & $50 voucher) – Shelby Grace
  • People’s Choice Award – (Trophy & $100 voucher) Matilda Rose & The Brademann Brothers
There were 11 competitors in the Voice Secondary heat

There were 11 competitors in the Voice Secondary heat

The Brademann Brothers were a popular choice

The Brademann Brothers were a popular choice



Cooma Music Competition 2016 – 24th July

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Cooma Music Competition 2016, now in its 11th year, will provide an opportunity for musicians of all ages and skills to perform and compete. We hope this competition will be as inclusive as possible. The competition will be open to all instruments and voice. Although the competition will be conducted by Cooma School of Music, all musicians are welcome to perform.

Entry is open to all.

Heats will comence at 12 noon on Sunday 24th July

A timetable of Heats and Competitors will be sent to all the participants before the day.

The winners of the heats will then be invited to perform in a Finals Concert that will then be held on the same day in the evening starting at 7pm. Time allowing, specially invited guests (non- competitors) will also be invited to perform in the Finals Concert.

Venue: St Pauls Anglican Church Hall, 136 Commissioner Street, Cooma NSW 2630

Performers for this concert will be drawn from the winners of the heats as well as invited guest performers.

photo 2015_peoples choiceThe major sections will be:

  1. Solo (unaccompanied or accompanied). Solos may be accompanied by a pianist or a guitarist, or other musician or CD backing track. Performers may organize their own accompanist or a piano accompanist will available at the hall if required. (However, please indicate on your entry form if you will need to be provided with an accompanist). CD backing tracks (“Play-along”) will be accepted by prior arrangement.
  2. Small Instrumental Ensembles-any instrumental combination up to and including 6 players.
  3. Large Instrumental Ensembles-any instrumental combination over 6 players.
  4. Vocal Groups-including small to large choirs.
  5. Rock Groups-includes all styles. (eg Country, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, etc)
  6. Original Composition – A Song or Instrumental Item-(any style)

Each major section will be subdivided into 3 age groups:

  1. Primary-primary school aged
  2. Secondary-secondary school aged
  3. Open

If there are not enough competitors in the younger age groups, younger players may be invited to compete in an older age group.

The Solos section will also be divided into types of instrument if possible.

10These instrumental sub-categories will be:

  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Classical Guitar
  • Modern Guitar (Steel string, acoustic or electric)
  • Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass)
  • Woodwind & Brass
  • Drums
  • Singing
  • Miscellaneous (any musical instruments not listed above. For example, harmonica, bagpipes, mandolin, banjo, harp, etc)
  • Original Composition (A song or instrumental item)

If there are not enough competitors in any of the heats , performers may be invited to compete in a heat of another instrumental sub-category.

cooma music competition 2016 posterAll competitors will receive a Certificate of Participation. Winners of their heats will receive awards.

We will be happy to accept donations and assistance from businesses and individuals to make this competition possible.

We welcome any comments or advice that may help make this competition an exciting and useful event.


  • Narrawong Classical Guitar Award – Trophy & $200 in value
  • Peter de Jager Piano Prize – Trophy & $200 in value
  • Ron Cox Music Award _Vocal – Trophy & $100  in value
  • Original Award Composition – Certificate & $100  in value
  • Frank Scott Music Award _Woodwind, Brass or Drums – Trophy & $50  in value
  • Russell & Jackie Fox Music Award –Trophy & $50  in value
  • P D Murphy Strings Award_Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass – Trophy & $50  in value
  • The People’s Choice Award – Trophy & $100  in value


Community Stage – Peak Festival 2016 (10-12 June

2016 Community Music Stage

The Community Stage focuses on giving live performance opportunities to regional bands, drugs ensembles and choirs. The festival directors envisage the long weekend celebrations becoming an important annual showcase for talents of the region. The Community Stage is proudly supported by Cooma School of Music. The MC will be Allan Spencer from the school.

The performance schedule

Saturday 11 June
11:30 12:00 Shelby Grace 0:30
12:10 12:40 Children of the River 0:30
12:50 13:30 String Family 0:40
13:40 14:10 Harry Cleverdon 0:30
14:20 14:50 Curious Rendition Orchestra 0:30
15:00 15:30 Kay Proudlove 0:30
15:40 16:10 Paul James 0:30
16:30 17:15 Ben Fowler 0:45

Sunday 12 June
10:30 11:00 Matilda Rose 0:30
11:10 11:40 Raising Cain 0:30
11:50 12:20 Layal 0:30
12:30 13:00 Latvian Independence Day 0:30
13:10 13:40 Oscar, Dom and Harry 0:30
13:50 14:20 Cooma Guitar Ensemble 0:30
14:30 15:15 Ben Fowler 0:45
15:25 15:55 Cielle Montgomery & James Church 0:30
16:10 16:55 Curious Rendition Orchestra 0:45


Benji and the Saltwater Sound System

Benji and the Saltwater Sound System draws upon Benji’s recent immersion in Solomon Islander flavours fused with the reggae and African roots of its members past musical projects to create hypnotic soundscapes underpinned by painfully catchy melodies.

Children of the River

Contemporary and folk duo with a touch of Celtic.

Cielle Montgomery & James Church

Hailing from Cooma NSW, Cielle Montgomery & James Church are an act known for their captivating stage presence, powerful harmonies, skilful acoustic instrumentation and well-crafted original songs. Cielle’s all-acoustic debut EP is right at home in the folk/alt. country scene and available now!

Cooma Guitar Ensemble

Cooma School of Music was established in 1984. Its primary focus has been to develop the music culture in the Monaro/Snowy Mountains region. For over 30 years Allan and Leslie Spencer have endeavoured to bring the sense of achievement and joy of making music, in all its forms, to people of all ages and levels of expertise. The guitar ensemble is one of their projects.

Curious Rendition Orkestra

CRO is really more like a band than an orchestra. It includes violins, flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones and other lower brass, accordions, piano, guitar, percussion. Their music includes Russian Klezmer tunes, a Capetown jazz tune,  New Orleans second line and a funky soul number.

Harry Cleverdon

Harry is 14 year vocalist who accompanies himself on piano or guitar. He plays popular music. Some of his favourites are by Billy Joel, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. He has played at many festivals, talent quests ,clubs and pubs.

Kay Proudlove

A display of honest storytelling, Kay’s live show is like being invited into the lounge room of an indie-folk songstress with an honest, heart wrenching voice and an accidentally dry sense of humour.

Matilda Rose

Singer/songwriter and guitarist who enjoys a wide range of music, particularly country/Rock country/pop.

Oscar, Dom and Harry

Alternative rock and folk band from the Monaro region with lively on stage performance covering artists from Hendrix to Sticky Fingers to Angus and Julia Stone.

Paul James

Solo singer guitarist performing predominantly American Folk and some Aussie standards.

Raising Cain

They are a local band who have been together for 2 years. They enjoy playing all styles of music and play guitar, ukulele, cajon and vocals. They are influenced by bands ranging from John Butler and blue grass folk through to heavy rock such as Halestorm.

Shelby Grace

Shelby Grace attends Snowy Mountains Grammar School.  She is a regular performer at all local music competitions and other Statewide country music competitions.  Shelby also enjoys busking.

The String Family

A crowd pleasing classical crossover string band playing a huge range of repertoire from classical to folk to pop to country with strings and some vocals. They are recent winners of the Cooma Busking Competition.