Australian Band Championship Bandmasters and Officials, Maryborough, Queensland
Black and white photograph of a group of 27 men, some in suits and some in band uniforms, standing on the steps of a brick building with 4 large columns. The building contains a number of multi-paned windows.Some of the men are holding cornets and another is holding a trumpet. The building is in Maryborough, Queensland.
Written in pencil on the back - Meeting of bandmasters & officials at the Australian band championship contest Maryborough, Q, Frank Wright, Adjudicator, Easter 1932
9.3 cm x 15.4 cm
Frank Wright was a renown resident of Smeaton, where he was born. He lived at Laura Villa, and attended Smeaton State School. His father William was a gold miner and his mother's name was Sarah. Their family won many singing and instrumental awards. Frank was tutored by Percy Code and became the Australian Open Cornet Champion by the age of eighteen. A year later, Frank conducted the City of Ballarat Band, and later the Ballarat Soldiers’ Memorial Band. He formed the Frank Wright Frisco Band and Frank Wright and his Coliseum Orchestra. These bands won many South Street awards, and Frank as conductor won many awards in the Australian Band Championship contest. In 1933 Frank Wright sailed to England to conduct the famous St Hilda’s Band and was later appointed Musical Director of the London County Council, where he organized many amazing concerts in parks, in and around the London district. He was made Professor of Brass and Military Band Scoring and conducted at the Guildhall of Music and Drama. Frank was often invited to adjudicate Brass Band Championships around Europe, in Australia, including South Street and in New Zealand. The Frank Wright Medal at the Royal South Street competition is awarded to an individual recognized as making an outstanding contribution to brass music in Australia.
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