Like most other organisations, the band was hit hard by the COVID lockdown in 2021, with all of Term 3 and half of Term 4 rehearsals being cancelled, as well as several key performances. 2022 has started out better, with the band commencing rehearsals at a temporary location on 2nd February and back at Pittwater High School from 15th February.
About the Northern Beaches Concert Band
Northern Beaches Concert Band was formed in 1993 by parents of children in the Mona Vale Public School band. It was intended to encourage band parents to come together as an adult band, the only stipulation being that they had to learn or play a different instrument to their child. The band was originally known as The Monatones.
Over the years, the band has broadened its scope and all adult players of woodwind, brass or percussion instruments who are not absolute beginners are welcome. However, the ability to read music is a necessity.
Feel free to contact us if you'd like to join. Note, however, that you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated as we rehearse on Education Department grounds. Also, you must be at least 18 years old, as we can't accept minors.
The band is also a great forum for experienced musicians to transition to a new instrument, or to regain lost skills.
We perform regularly at local events and with other local bands. The panel to the right lists upcoming performances.
Stop press!! The band is seeking clarinet and percussion players. We'd also love to find a bassoon player.
Our Musical Director
The band is conducted by Ms Sarah Shaw. Sarah is an experienced, popular, local band director who has been conducting the band since 2015.
“Playing in a band is a wonderful, rewarding way to improve your skills in a fun and supportive environment. I am very excited to be working with such an inclusive and motivated group of musicians”, said Sarah.
What is the repertoire?
The band plays music specifically written for Concert Band, as well as rock, classical, popular and jazz arrangements, movie scores and a variety of other genres. For details, click here.