Membership

Queensland Wind and Brass consists of amateur and professional woodwind, brass and percussion players aged upwards from Year 12 students.

Acceptance into Queensland Wind and Brass will be based upon musical ability and current instrument availabilities. We are currently looking for an additional bassoon player, and have a bassoon available for loan.

Applicants for membership are welcome from new or returning woodwind, brass, and percussion players; however, numbers are limited in each section.

While QWAB is unauditioned, it performs at a high standard, so a minimum standard of AMEB Grade 7 or equivalent is strongly encouraged and experience in another ensemble is highly desirable. QWAB rehearses on Tuesday evenings in Bowen Hills, Brisbane. New members will be subject to a trial period and may need to demonstrate their ability as a part of the ensemble to the Musical Director.

If you are interested in joining QWAB, please contact the secretary via secretary@qwab.com.au for a current copy of the Players’ Handbook and Code of Conduct, and complete a membership application form.

For additional enquiries, please email enquiries@qwab.com.au.

Why choose QWAB?

Queensland Wind and Brass is more than just an ensemble. The QWAB community offers a number of unique opportunities, dedicated to making your musical journey as enjoyable as possible.

Themed concerts

Queensland Wind and Brass organises three major themed concerts a year, and while many are formal events, occasionally we go all out in full fancy dress!. Dress up as your favourite animated or storybook character, bedazzle the audience as a wicked witch or time traveller, or showcase your elegant Broadway style.

Some recent themed concerts:
A Royal Affair
Fright Night III
Animation Sensations

The Musicians of QWAB stand at the front of a stage dressed up as characters from Animation
Animation Sensation, 2015

Partnerships and supporting local music

QWAB partners with other local musical ensembles, by hosting joint concerts. We also support musical development in Brisbane by participating in open rehearsals, conducting and professional musical development workshops and performing at local schools.

Some recent examples:
Into the Wild – co-hosted with Ignite Choir
To the Stars – with The Birralee Singers

Write/conduct for QWAB

A selection of QWAB’s members support the band by guest conducting. The ensemble has also offered opportunities to excelling students/band members to have their compositions and arrangements played by the talented musicians of Queensland Wind and Brass.

Some recent examples of original compositions and arrangements:
Our Emerald Isle – composed by Nicholas Rogers
Imagine – arranged by Josephine Rogers