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New members are always welcome at the Brisbane Symphonic Band.

Whether you have taken up an instrument as an adult and want to further develop your skills, you are about to leave school and want to continue playing, or you have a dusty case sitting under the bed and are looking for a chance to clean it off, we’d love for you to become part of the BSB family.

Joining the band is easy. Simply come along to a couple of rehearsals to see if the band is right for you. If you would like to go ahead and join, just fill in the membership application and pay your membership fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

One of the greatest things about the band is our diversity. We have people of all ages, genders, professions, and musical abilities.
We are an adult band and our members are 17 years of age or older.
We rehearse upstairs at the Trinity Grove Wilston Uniting Church Hall on the corner of Kedron Brook Rd and Hawdon St, Wilston. Check out our contact us page for more details.
BSB Swing rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6.15pm. Symphonic band rehearsal is straight afterwards from 7:30pm. We sometimes rehearse on weekends leading up to major performances or events.
We have a prescribed formal and polo shirt that are both embroidered with the band’s logo. These shirts cost $40 and $35 respectively.
We rehearse and perform for most of the year. We typically start rehearsals in the last week of January and finish just before Christmas.
The symphonic band has brass, woodwind, percussion and string instruments including flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, string and electric bass, tuned and untuned percussion.
All sections currently have vacancies. We are in particular need of percussion, trombones and French horns.
Yes – unless you are a percussionist.
The symphonic band plays a wide variety of music including orchestral transcriptions, movie and musical themes, contemporary wind band pieces and other popular repertoire.
The symphonic band can sight read at a grade 3 level and frequently plays grade 4 or grade 5 pieces very well.
Symphonic band rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm. We sometimes rehearse on weekends leading up to major performances or events.
The symphonic band performs between 6 and 10 times a year. Most performances are on a Sunday afternoon. Have a look at our events page to find out more.
BSB Swing has brass, woodwind and rhythm sections and includes saxophone, trumpet, trombone, string or electric bass, guitar, keyboard, drums, tuned and untuned percussion.
We are currently in need of trombones.
BSB Swing plays traditional and contemporary big band music in styles such as jazz, blues, funk, rock, neo-swing and Latin.
BSB Swing can sight read at a medium level (grade 3) and frequently plays medium difficult (grade 4) or difficult (grade 5) pieces very well.
BSB Swing rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6.15pm. We sometimes rehearse on weekends leading up to major performances or events.
BSB Swing performs between 6 and 10 times a year. Most performances are on a Sunday afternoon or Saturday evenings. Have a look at our events page to find out more.
No – BSB Swing is comprised of members from our symphonic band.
Joining the band is easy. Simply come along to a couple of rehearsals to see if the band is right for you. If you would like to go ahead and join, just fill in the membership application and pay your membership fee.
The band loves welcoming new members and we always try our best to accommodate everyone who wants to join. Sometimes, our sections are full and we can’t accept any more members in that section without upsetting the balance of the band.
No – we just ask you to be honest about whether the music is at the right level for you (i.e. not too hard or not too easy). We also ask that you do whatever practice you need to match the band’s playing standard. This may be more for some people than for others.
Many people in the band do not have AMEB qualifications. However, if graded, most of our players would be about AMEB grade 4 and up.
Yes – it is $160 per year. There are payment options available to make this easier.
We use the membership fee to pay our musical director and swing band leader, rental for our rehearsal venue, to buy music and to cover other administrative expenses.
We have a membership agreement and a social contract, which describes the expectations we have for our members. You will need to agree to these upon becoming a member.
You will be allocated a folder and music once you have completed your membership application and paid your membership fees.
In addition to playing, the band is also very socially active. We often go out as a group after rehearsals and performances and organise social events throughout the year.
Yes – a partnership with Ellaways Music provides members of the Brisbane Symphonic Band with access to a number of discounts and offers in store.

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