Welcome to Unley Concert Band
Unley Concert Band was founded in 1997 and is one of Australia’s most successful and high profile community bands. With a diverse group of approximately 50 members, we aim to offer players the highest quality amateur musicianship in Adelaide. We give regular concerts, participate in the Anzac Day Parade, the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant and a variety of other local events. Unley Concert Band has competed with great success in National and State Band Championships, winning the National A Grade competition in 2016. The music we play is varied, interesting and challenging.
In June 2021 Colin Prichard was appointed as the new Musical Director of Unley Concert Band. From 2012 – 2015 Colin was musical director of Western Lake Macquarie Concert Band in Newcastle, Australia. He has also guest conducted Kensington and Norwood Brass in Adelaide, and advanced bands at regional music camps for The Arts Unit NSW.
Since 2018, Colin has held the position of Principal Trombone with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to competitions and pageants, Unley Concert Band gives an annual series of concerts for the local community at various local venues. We mount a major fundraiser at least once a year which, in recent years, has taken the form of a spectacular and entertaining cabaret. We regularly participate in regional band festivals including in Hahndorf, Mitcham, Strathalbyn and the Barossa. Dates for our 2021 concerts are being finalised. Register as a Friend of the Band to receive up to date information of upcoming performances.
Unley Concert Band is an experienced and award winning marching band and is now under the direction of Drum Major Angelo Valdivia. The band participates in the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant and many other community pageants and events each year. The band is part of the Anzac Day dawn service at Unley, the Anzac Day Parade in the city and has also provided musical entertainment at major events such as the Tour Down Under, the Royal Adelaide Show and other large charity and sporting events. New members are encouraged to march regardless of their level of experience.
The band rehearses in the Unley Town Hall from 7.30-9.30pm every Wednesday.