The Riverina Concert Band, whilst being an affiliated ensemble of the Riverina Conservatorium of Music, operates as a community band. It is an independent organisation coming under the supervision of a management committee that is elected annually from within the ranks of the members. It exists to provide a venue for amateur and semi-professional musicians to come together to enjoy their craft and, at the same time, provide a venue for ‘up-and-coming’ musicians as well as providing entertainment for the local community.
Membership is open to individuals, irrespective of age, who play brass, wind or percussion instruments. There is also some opportunities for vocalists. RCM students are actively encouraged to join but should consult their teacher first. Auditions are not currently required but members should have a reasonable proficiency on their chosen instrument – the equivalent of Grade 4 (AMEB) is generally considered to be the minimum standard.
Members of the Band pay a tuition fee (currently $ 32.00 per term) to the Conservatorium to cover all overheads. In addition, the Band charges a nominal joining fee of $1.00 plus an annual membership fee of $1.00 per year.
Two-hour rehearsals are held weekly – at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music – on Tuesday evenings commencing at 7:00 PM (sharp). In addition, there are numerous opportunities for public performances throughout the year.
The Music Director is appointed by the Conservatorium. The current appointee is Brendan Moore who has extensive experience as a music educator and concert band performer. He is currently a member of the Australian Army Band (Kapooka).
He is assisted by Dave Willis who is s a Perth born Musician having studied Bachelor of Music Education at University of Western Australia. He was a Reserve Army musician before transferring to the Regular Army in 2016.
Dave has more than 12 years experience in instrumental tuition (brass) as well as classroom music in WA schools. He has studied Conducting at University as well as with ABODA and attended several conducting workshops and summer schools. He has experience in conducting Brass Ensembles, Big Bands and Concert Bands in both High Schools and in the broader community in WA as well as around Wagga Wagga.
David is currently a trumpet player and bugler in the Australian Army Band Kapooka. In this role, he has performed overseas, in France and Belgium. In addition, he has performed with many high-profile artists including James Morrison, Idea of North, John Williams and The Temptations.
Persons seeking membership or further information should contact one of the following: -
President - Don Pembleton 0417 495 266 email@example.com
Music Director - Brendan Moore 0407 183 522
Assistant Music Director - Dave Willis 0419 939 243
Secretary - Sarah Boyd 0409 967 751 firstname.lastname@example.org