Celebrating 120 years of music making
Brisbane Municipal Concert Band
Queensland’s oldest concert band is celebrating it’s 120th year with an evening of music to herald a new era. From exciting and dramatic fanfares to lyrical and haunting melodies, the band explores new territory amid the joy of triumphant brass and dreamlike woodwind. Experience the transformation of a band that started in 1903 in the military tradition and has emerged into the new century with soaring symphonic works, cinematic scoring and techno fusion to create a new dimension for the classic wind ensemble.
Repertoire includes music from local and international composers like Eric Whittaker, Ralph Hultgren and Randall Standridge. Under the baton of David Jones who has been at the helm for 30 years, the band has forged ahead as a vibrant and exciting wind symphony in their second century of music making.
For over a century the Brisbane Municipal Concert Band has brought Brisbane residents together in an appreciation of music. They connect with the community by providing everyday musicians the opportunity for lifelong musical enjoyment.
BMCB is Brisbane’s most historically significant community band and has been entertaining the people of Brisbane for 120 years Under the direction of David Jones, it has a strong, vibrant member base and has played at civic events, Anzac ceremonies and gala concerts throughout the city.
Brisbane Municipal Concert Band started in 1903, when a group of musicians founded and conducted by J. Hendry-Grice, met in a Fortitude Valley drapery store and formed the Valley Concert Band. After a subsidy of 23 pounds from Council, the name was changed to Brisbane Municipal Concert Band and played at the laying of the foundation stone of the current City Hall where they rehearsed weekly for many years.
The band played for troops returning from the Boer War and subsequent world wars and has an unbroken record of Anzac ceremonies since the end of WW1. They also played for the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) when he visited the city in 1920 and welcomed home Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith when he landed at Eagle Farm after crossing the Pacific.
Band members are doctors, accountants, teachers, nurses, parents, zoologists, retirees and students who come together to share a passion to make music.
Child (under 12 years old) FREE
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