Bernie is an adjudicator and conductor with a very long history of community music.
In 1976, Bernie formed the North Brisbane Wind Ensemble at the Kedron Park Teachers College (now QUT), where he was working at the time. The first recruited musicians came by word of mouth, and with fifteen players and borrowed sheet music the band was up and running. Bernie set some grounding values for the ensemble, that after many iterations and an eventful past, is now one of Brisbane's busiest symphonic bands..
Bernie's most recent community conducting was his long time engagement as Music Director for the Brisbane Concert Orchestra.
St John Ambulance Concert Band is a non-for-profit community organisation and is comprised of 35-40 musicians with members who range in age from 17 to 80 and come from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, levels of musicianship, and interests.
The band is lucky to be comprised of professional musicians, teachers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, engineers, landscape architects, postal workers and students.
St John Ambulance Concert Band has two (2) uniforms: one formal and the other informal.
The band's informal uniform is a red polo shirt, black trousers, and a white hat with a red band. Members can purchase the polo shirt and hat from the band's committee for a total of $50.
The band's formal uniform is a long-sleeved, white shirt/blouse with a maroon vest and black bow-tie. These are also worn with black trousers.
Membership Fees are $100 per annum (or
$50 paid 6 monthly).
Rehearsal Hall: Primrose Lane, Nundah, Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Rehearsals are every Thursday evening:
Concert Band - 7.30-9.30pm
St John Ambulance Concert Band and its small groups have a very busy schedule all year round. The concert band performs regularly for the Brisbane City Council's Bands in Parks program and has a number of recurring annual performances. Bands also perform in our own series of concerts in collaboration with various partners throughout the year. View some of our groups' most recent past performances here.
President - Bob Warrick
Vice President - Clayton William Smith
Secretary - Mary Kearney
Treasurer - David Kearney
Other Committee Members -
Past Music Directors ...of one of Queensland's Oldest Bands
Albert Kaeser: 1919 - 1965
(Deputies: 1930s Ben Brodie & 1950-1965
Tom Roache: 1965 - Nov 1969
(Deputy: 1969 Richard Farley)
Richard Farley: 1970 - Aug 1978
(Deputy: 1977-78 David Weatherall)
David Weatherall: Sep 1978 - March 1979
John Cooper: Dec 1978 (Guest) & March
1979 - May 1981
(Deputy: 1980 - 1981 Arthur Grace)
Doug Hocking: Jul 1981 - Sept 1997
(Relieving: March - May 1994 Maurice Bull &
Ross Stevenson April - May 1997)
Ross Stevenson: Oct 1997 - Feb 1998
Graeme Dennis: Mar 1998 - 2000
Cejza Jurth: 2000 - 2001
Major Ivan Cocking: 2002 - 2014
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