Brisbane Symphonic Band
The symphonic band is our primary ensemble and comprises of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Currently under the musical direction of Stefanie Smith, 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 is the Brisbane Symphonic Band’s 17 piece big band. Founded in 1994, this exciting ensemble is currently led by Kevin Edwards 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’.
Meet Our Team
Stefanie graduated from the University of Queensland in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Pedagogy where she studied clarinet performance and teaching under Paul Dean.
While at UQ, Stefanie was a principal clarinettist and bass clarinettist with the University Symphony Orchestra and Concert Master of the University Wind Band. In 2005, Stefanie also spent time working with as both a conductor and a solo performer with the University Wind Band.
2005 also saw Stefanie appointed as the Assistant Conductor for the Sunshine Coast Orchestra as well as starting her education career an instrumental music teacher and band conductor at Prince of Peace Lutheran School in Everton Hills.
Stefanie was an Alto Clarinettist with the Queensland Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony and, in 2004 and 2005, she was given the opportunity to conduct the ensemble working in master classes guided by Dr Tim Reynish and Mr Peter Francis.
In 2004, Stefanie participated in the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program where she was given the opportunity to work with both The Queensland Orchestra and The Tasmania Symphony Orchestra and to learn from internationally renowned conductors Christopher Seaman and Johannes Fritsch.
Stefanie took on the role of conductor and musical director of the Brisbane Symphonic Band in 2006 and has since been working with band members to develop the band’s ability to perform as an ensemble.
- 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)
Kevin graduated from the University of Queensland in 2017 with a degree in Advanced Performance. He currently works at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University where he co-ordinates the pre-tertiary program; Young Conservatorium. Kevin also teaches both classical and contemporary singing styles.
As a performer, Kevin has appeared with Opera Queensland, Oscar Theatre Company and Harvest Rain in opera, oratorio, musical theatre and cabaret-style concerts. Kevin was also involved with the 2010 Brisbane performance of the Gothic Symphony (one of the largest orchestral works ever written) – the premiere of this work outside of England. He is a guest artist with various choirs and other vocal performance groups across Queensland.
Kevin has been part of the Brisbane Symphonic Band since 2011, playing percussion, French horn, and as a vocalist with BSB Swing. After successfully leading BSB Swing in numerous rehearsals and performances, Kevin was permanently appointed as swing band leader in August 2015.
Kevin has a strong interest in music education and aural musicianship and, since his appointment, has been working with BSB Swing to produce high quality, vibrant performances; challenging perceptions of what a ‘Swing Band’ can perform!
- 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)