Brisbane Symphonic Band

The symphonic band is our primary ensemble and comprises of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Currently under the musical direction of Eleanor Dalzell, the band plays a wide variety of music including orchestral transcriptions, movie and musical themes, contemporary wind band pieces and other popular repertoire.

The band frequently performs in own series concerts and, as one of Brisbane’s leading community bands, is proud to provide the Brisbane community with opportunities to appreciate and experience live music through the Brisbane City Council’s Bands in Parks program.

Working together to perform quality music for the benefit and enjoyment of our members and the community” encapsulates the band’s reason for being.

BSB Swing

BSB Swing is the Brisbane Symphonic Band’s 17 piece big band. Founded in 1994, this exciting ensemble is currently led by Hannah Rowlands and allows members of the symphonic band to share their passion and enjoyment for performing traditional and contemporary big band music in styles such as jazz, blues, funk, rock, neo-swing and Latin.

BSB Swing regularly performs in own series concerts, at private functions – such as weddings and parties – and, along with the symphonic band, is a regular participant in the Brisbane City Council’s Bands in Parks program.

BSB Swing often uses its music to support important charities and has provided entertainment in recent years for events supporting MS Australia – Qld, the Cancer Council and ‘SIDS and Kids’.

Find out more about joining or hiring these exciting ensembles.

Meet Our Team

Eleanor Dalzell

Musical Director

Cathie Neil

Swing Band Leader

Read Eleanor's Biography

Eleanor graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music. At the Conservatorium, Eleanor majored in Instrumental Pedagogy, studying clarinet under Rianne Wilschut and conducting under Peter Morris.

After completing her bachelor’s degree, Eleanor went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Education from Griffith University, with Instrumental Music and Classroom Music as her subject areas. She is currently working as a part-time Instrumental Music Teacher with Education Queensland teaching students aged from 9 – 18.

Eleanor has been playing with and conducting the Brisbane Symphonic Band since 2015 as an Assistant Conductor to Musical Director Stefanie Smith. Her passion for conducting stems from its ability to be used as an educational tool for musicians of all ages. Eleanor was officially offered the role of Musical Director in 2020 after acting in the role for 12 months.

Read Cathie's Biography

Cathie has a Bachelor of Music UQ and Master of Music studies UQ.

She has played in and directed many music ensembles over the past decades in Mackay, Townsville, Hong Kong and now back in Brisbane. Cathie played in the Mackay Big Band, Stoke Nicholson Big Band in Townsville and now plays tenor in a local big band here in Brisbane.

She loves playing as well as conducting and has relished the opportunity to become involved in the Brisbane Symphonic Band as the Swing Band Leader. Cathie’s day job is Head of Culture at All Hallows’ School.

Previous Musical Directors

  • Bernie Hoesman (May 1976 – March 1996)

  • Brad Ruben (April 1996 – December 1997)

  • Nick Roper (February 1998 – August 1998)

  • David Jones (September 1998 – December 1998)

  • Lewes Peddell (February 1999 – July 1999)

  • Neill Thacker (August 1999 – December 1999)

  • Brydie Bartleet (February 2000 – December 2003)

  • Bernie Hoesman (January 2004 – May 2004)

  • Shaun Dorney (May 2004 – July 2004)

  • Simon Paxton (July 2004 – March 2005)

  • Susan Clarke (March 2005 – December 2005)

  • Stefanie Smith (January 2006 - December 2019)

Previous Swing Band Leaders

  • Bob Rose (January 1994 – December 1997)

  • Allan Corcoran (February 2000 – July 2002)

  • Andrew Murrell (February 2003 – June 2003)

  • Simon Paxton (June 2003 – December 2005)

  • Alex Steed (January 2006 – December 2006)

  • Mark Pradella (January 2007 – December 2007)

  • Paulo Felix-Almeida (January 2008 – April 2009)

  • Terry Million (April 2009 – January 2011)

  • Sean McKenzie (April 2011 – December 2012)

  • Euan Cumming (March 2013 – July 2014)

  • Stefanie Smith (July 2014 – August 2015)

  • Kevin Edwards (September 2015 - December 2019)

  • Hannah Rowlands - acting (January 2020 - April 2021)

Hannah Rowlands


Maggie Drewett

Vice President

Raquel Ibarra


Emma Cooke


Join the team

New members are always welcome at the Brisbane Symphonic Band.

Whether you have taken up an instrument as an adult and want to further develop your skills, you are about to leave school and want to continue playing, or you have a dusty case sitting under the bed and are looking for a chance to clean it off, we’d love for you to become part of the BSB family.