CCCB is a community symphonic wind band made up of amateur, semi-professional and professional players. We are a not for profit organisation and come together simply for the pleasure of playing and performing wind repertoire with like-minded people.
In our ranks there are people from all walks of life and ages including students, music teachers, health professionals, ex army and police, people who work in IT and media, people who work in the environment conservation field and a wide variety of other occupations. The age range is from young adult through to mature age and retired individuals.
We have a management committee which organises administration, promotion, grant applications and partnerships with other community and who plan and organise the concert programs. We are run democratically as an Incorporated Association where anyone can be nominated for committee positions.
The band is a traditional concert or wind band. Instrumentation includes Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Bassoon, Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, French Horn, Trumpet/Cornet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, String Bass and Percussion.
We accept musicians of all ages and skill levels who can read music and play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument.
The band performs at many local community events, such as the Gosford Show, Australia Day celebrations, fetes, special events for volunteer organisations, Naturalisation & ANZAC Day ceremonies.
The band currently runs a yearly series of two to three concerts. These concerts have a large audience most of whom are annual subscribers. The band also on many occasions has performed with a guest band. Some of our partner bands over the years have included the Royal Australian Navy Band for many years, NSW Police Concert Band, Australian Army Band Sydney, NSW Ambulance Band, Campbelltown-Camden Concert Band, Southern Highlands Concert Band, City of Sydney Concert Band and youth groups from the Central Coast Conservatorium.
Keep visiting our web site for new announcements regarding our concert programmes.
Patrick Brennan was appointed Musical Director of the Central Coast Concert Band in 2015. Patrick has extensive experience in Concert Bands over many years and is also the current Artistic Director of the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music.
Patrick has continued the traditional focus of the band playing popular and enjoyable music at our community concerts, while expanding our repertoire with exciting new pieces. We are sure our loyal patrons will enjoy the music and experience Patrick brings to our band.
The Central Coast Concert Band was incorporated in 1989. At the head of the band was our esteemed musical director Robert Bedwell O.A.M. Robert devoted his life to music. He was an instrumental teacher at the Central Coast Conservatorium of music for 9 years. He served as Musical Director for 6 productions of Gosford Musical Society. He was Musical Director of the Central Coast Concert Band for 23 years. He was President of the Band Association of NSW from 2000 to 2005, and President of the National Band Council of Australia from 2005 - 2009, 2013-2015 and life member. Robert recently passed away in July 2023 and will be missed by all who knew him.
The band rehearsed in a number of school classrooms, school halls, community halls and even in a shed in an industrial estate.
For 20 years the band performed four concerts each year at the local Laycock Street Community Theatre which was built as a Bi-Centennial project in 1988.
The community spirit within the band is a strength among our members. From a small gathering of local musicians of all ages with limited resources the band has prospered and provided a unique opportunity for wind, brass and percussion players at all levels. In December 2017 the band performed its 100th local community concert on the Central Coast. That's nearly 30 years of continued local public performances - a great achievement.
Over the years the band has also competed at National and State Band Championship events with success in our first competition. 1993 – Open D Grade NSW State Champions, 1994, 1995 – Open C Grade NSW State Champions, 1996, 1997 – 3rd place Australian National Band Championships, 2009 – 2nd place Australian National Band Championships, 2015 equal 4th place Australian National Band Championships.
If you feel inspired to partner or sponsor the band to keep this great tradition growing please contact the secretary.