Founded in the 1980s, the Woodville Concert Band is a not-for-profit active and inclusive ensemble with a diverse repertoire that stretches from big-band jazz to classical, through to film and game music.
Based in the western suburbs, the band promotes musical education and community involvement. It showcases a wide range of abilities and ages on wind instruments and percussion, with beginner and professional musicians—school students and retirees alike—among its ranks. Under the guidance of its Artistic Director, conductor and award-winning composer Nathan Cummins, the band strives to provide a supportive and nurturing environment which enables all members to grow as musicians and take an active part in community building and development activities.
Among other things, the band regularly participates in the Adelaide Fringe Festival and supports local emerging composers by premiering their works. The band particularly prides itself on performing at community events such as ANZAC services and citizenship ceremonies, where we see our community grow stronger and more diverse on a monthly basis.
Above all, each and every member of the band enjoys playing and sharing music. As a group, we truly aim to embrace the power of music to spread joy and bring people together—as encapsulated in our motto: “music played for the community, by the community”.
Nathan Cummins is an Adelaide-based composer and performer. He recently graduated from the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Composition with First Class Honours, and has now returned to study a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Composition. He is an active member of the Adelaide band scene and amongst his involvement in local musicals, productions, and bands playing whatever instrument he can lay his hands on, he is Artistic Director of the Woodville Concert Band.
Nathan hopes to pursue a career in film and game music and is currently composing music for a number of creators around Australia, including film directors, dance choreographers, game designers, and lyricists. Nathan is known for his orchestrations, but frequently plays in and composes for big bands and other jazz ensembles. He is always keen to be involved in new projects, including student projects, composing, orchestrating, conducting, or performing.
Find out more about Nathan at his website.
A note from Nathan
One of the most important things about a good band is their attitude towards their music. Until joining the Woodville Concert Band, I never had the privilege to be involved in a band that’s so enthusiastic and welcoming, and I am very grateful to be a part of it.
I hope to take the band to new heights, and bring out the best in each of our musicians.