Information for members
The City of Adelaide Concert Band meets and rehearses on Thursday evenings at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 152 Wakefield Street. Rehearsals are from 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm, with a short break half way through. Our players range in both musical ability and age. Being a community band, we promote the playing of various musical styles in a relaxed and friendly environment. There are minimal membership requirements.
We play mostly within the City of Adelaide council area, about once a month, usually on Sunday afternoons.
Mr Sergey Grynchuk is the Music Director.
The band is an incorporated association and is managed by a committee of elected members. The current committee is:
President: Kon Kotsiou
Secretary: Kim Weeks
Treasurer: Karen Smith
Committee: Mike Stratton, Chris Burrett, Thomas Jegen and Jon Till
The committee meets on the last Thursday of each month (prior to rehearsals). The AGM is held in August/September of each year after a scheduled rehearsal.
The Patron of the band is The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Adelaide,
Friend of the Band
Keith Conlon, well known local identity kindly tagged “Mr South Australia”, is a “friend of the band” and supports the band in its various activities.
Currently, membership fees are $50 per annum or $30 for full-time students and concession card holders There is also a refundable $50 security deposit ($30 concession) on borrowed band equipment (uniform, music folder, etc). Band property, i.e. music folders or band uniform, cannot be issued prior to the security deposit being paid.
Uniform and equipment
Our formal uniform consists of a grey blazer, an official City of Adelaide tie or scarf (all borrowed from the band via the Property Officer). Members need to supply their own black trousers/skirts, black shoes and white shirt/blouse.
Members are asked to bring their own music stand and instrument to rehearsals. Black music stands are preferred to maintain a consistent appearance throughout the band. Music stands and a small number of instruments (mainly brass) are available from the band on a short term basis as approved by committee.
Setting and Packing Up
We ask everyone to arrive by at least 7:15pm on Thursday evenings to assist with the setting up the hall, for example with chairs and percussion equipment, so that we can be ready for tuning and warm up exercises at 7:30pm. Help is also needed to pack away after rehearsals.
If members are unable to attend a rehearsal or a performance, they are asked to contact the President or Librarian/Property Officer, as soon as possible, by telephone or by email. See Contacts page
From time to time members will receive information and newsletters by e-mail (or hard copy if there is no e-mail contact). General announcements are also made at the commencement of rehearsals. To contact the Secretary or the President, see the Contacts page.
The band posts pictures of band members on our facebook and website pages on a regular basis. If you do not wish your picture to be posted or place conditions on its posting, please discuss with the President.
We like to support socialisation, especially during a mid-rehearsal break, after performances and at other social functions. During band breaks, members may BYO drinks; including alcohol, but must ensure the venue is left clean and tidy. Kitchen facilites are available (refrigerator, hot water, tea/coffee).
Family members and friends are welcome and we appreciate their assistance, for example at our annual fund-raising concert.
Access and Security
For security reasons we lock the front door once the band rehearsal begins. If you arrive late please ring the bell at the door or call the Librarian or President. Contact numbers are on the sign at the door. Again for security please do no leave any items in the front room of the hall, there is sufficient room to store bags and cases in the rear of the hall.
Health and Safety
- Playing in the band can obviously be a noisy environment, it is recommended that you take any steps to prevent any damage to your hearing such as protective ear plugs. This is each members own responsibility.
- If required there is a first aid kit in the kitchen area near the sink.
- The external gate has a magnetic lock. To exit from the gate it can be opened from the inside by pressing the green button on the right hand side of the gate.