ABOUT SOUTHERN AREA CONCERT BAND
The Southern Area Concert Band is one of Victoria's premier community based ensembles.
Sponsored by the City of Kingston and based in Moorabbin, the Southern Area Concert Band family has been contributing to Melbourne's rich cultural life by providing award-winning quality music to the public since 1971.
Our membership of over 40 regular members consists of amateur and semi-professional musicians ranging from school students to retirees, and coming from all around Melbourne.
This diverse range of people, ages and backgrounds is cemented together by our love of performing live music both within our local community and around Australia. Our music library consists of a huge variety of styles ranging from classical and movie themes to big band and pop. Of course, no concert band library would be complete without a variety of marches and a selection of music from wind band composers such as Ralph Vaughn Williams, Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger and John Philip Sousa.
Being a community ensemble, the Southern Area Concert Band and the Southern Area Training Band are always seeking new musicians in all areas of the band (woodwind, brass and percussion). If you play an instrument and are interested in joining us, please contact us for information on becoming a member. We always welcome new faces and are always seeking new players for all sections of the bands.
If you do not play an instrument, but enjoy listening to quality music, please visit our 'Events' page to find out when and where we will next be performing.
The Southern Area Concert Band Family currently consists of four ensembles, each having its own characteristics as outlined below.
SOUTHERN AREA CONCERT BAND
The Southern Area Concert Band is a 40-piece concert band comprising of woodwind, brass and percussion. This ensemble is a competing band and has won many awards at both State and National levels over its 40 plus year history. Currently under the baton of Dr. Andrew Mathers, the concert band provides music for a variety of community events each year.
SOUTHERN AREA TRAINING BAND
The Southern Area Training Band is a concert band comprising of woodwind, brass and percussion. This band was established to provide beginning and returning musicians an entry-level ensemble to refine their skills before progressing to entry into the Southern Area Concert Band. The training band also provides music for a variety of community events each year.
SOUTHERN STARS STAGE BAND
The Southern Stars Stage Band is a 17-piece big band specialising in jazz, swing and Latin of the "big band" era of the 30's and 40's. Led by Drew Wright, this band was provides toe-tapping big band style music for a variety of community and private events around Melbourne. Membership of this ensemble is made up of members of the Southern Area Concert Band.
SOUTHERN AREA EVENTS BAND
The Southern Area Events Band is our "special events" band which is created on an "as required" basis for events when the main concert band is not appropriate or too large. Led by Dr. Andrew Mathers, this ensemble provides music and entertainment for a variety of events such as citizenship ceremonies and Christmas Carol performances at retirement villages etc. around Melbourne. Membership of this ensemble is made up of members of the Southern Area Concert Band.