The Band

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”.

Our People

Artistic Director

Dr Nathan Cummins

Nathan Cummins is an award-winning composer, orchestrator, conductor, and performer, based in Adelaide, South Australia. He specialises in crafted orchestration for video games, film, and television with a focus on live and vibrant textures across multiple genres and mediums. His original works have been performed by ensembles including the Australian String Quartet, the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, and the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra, and his orchestrations have been used in concerts and recording sessions throughout the world.

Nathan’s research interests include accessible forms of music performance using virtual reality technologies and he was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy in Sonic Arts and Music Composition from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in 2021. Previously, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Composition) with First Class Honours, studying under Graeme Koehne, John Polglaise, Charles Bodman Rae, and Luke Harrald.

Nathan is an active member of the Adelaide music scene and is amongst Australia’s leading directors, arrangers, and organisers for concerts involving music related to video games. As a player of many different instruments, he has instrumental residencies in ensembles of various genres and has appeared as a session musician on many studio recordings. He is the Artistic Director of the Woodville Concert Band.

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.