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Click here to find repertoire suggestions as made in the TMEA 2021 presentation:

"Whose ears are you listening with"


Dr. Carter Biggers and Dr. Jodie Blackshaw

What is Colour

Bria - Grade 8 - Guest Conductor - Rosemount Middle School during the première of 'Letter from Sado' by Jodie Blackshaw (ACF BandQuest 2014). Photo by Ingrid Martin

FULL Music?

Did you know that as late as the 1970's, most of the world's orchestras were populated by men?

To change the gender ratio, blind auditions were created. Soon after, blind auditions also included the removal of shoes. As a result, women began to successfully secure orchestral positions and the male:female ratio changed. 

It took a concerted effort to encourage this change and today, a blend of male and female orchestral performers is considered normal. 

ColourFULL Music, along with other groups, is making a concerted effort towards another kind of "new norm" - wind band concert programs that represent a diverse selection of composers. 

To program ColourFULL Music is to populate concert programs with works by ColourFULL composers, i.e. composers of varying gender, colour and age.


To help generate this "new normal" we have invited conductors we know and trust to create ColourFULL concert programs. These programs will inspire your imagination and they are there to be used in whatever way works best for you. 

In programming ColourFULL Music we will forge a new future for wind band music, one FULL of colour, FULL or equality, FULL of tolerance, FULL of respect. 

Jodie Blackshaw | Composer | Australia

The who, what, where and why

Inspired - Fair - ColourFULL

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I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free
human being with an independent will. 

 Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

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