The Northside Concert Band is a community band based in Northern Sydney Australia for adults playing concert band instruments (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trombone, Euphonium, Baritone, French Horn, Trumpet, Tuba, Percussion etc).
The whole aim is to provide a good musical experience for all the players and also to play in Festivals and at places like The Chatswood Concourse, ARV and Carols at Coogee etc so that we share our love of music and enjoyment with others. We play from grade 2.5 – 5 with a large variety in musical styles.
Our band director
Jennifer Ridgway is an accomplished performer, music educator and conductor with a wealth of experience in the industry. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education, specializing in Performance and Elective Conducting Units, which she completed from March 2017 to 2021. Through her studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Jennifer has had the opportunity to study flute with James Kortum, Andrew Macleod and other notable flute players in Australia. She is currently studying with Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal flautist Joshua Batty.
Jennifer currently serves as the Conductor for the Northside Concert Band, Conductor for Sydney Youth Orchestra Winter School and Music Educator and Conductor for Brigidine College. In addition, she has held many other positions as Conductor, Assistant Band Director and Sectional Leader at various schools in Sydney.
Jennifer has participated in several professional development programs and workshops, including ABODA 2022 Conducting School Level 2 in February 2022, the Midwest Clinic Conference 2014 and 2019 as well as the Conducting Artistry Workshop in July 2020. She also completed Conducting 1, 2, and Advanced Units at Sydney Conservatorium between February 2019 and November 2020, achieving high distinctions consistently. She has worked with renowned conductors and educators such as George Ellis, John Lynch, and Stephen Mould, and participated in workshops with Dr. Mary Schneider, Dr. Rob McWilliams and Mark Camphouse.
Jennifer has significant performance experience and has played in many orchestras and ensembles such as the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Regional Youth Orchestra, North Shore Wind Symphony, Northern Beaches Orchestra, Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Sydney Conservatorium Flute Ensemble, and Ensemble Da Capo.
Jennifer’s tenacious energy and unwavering enthusiasm towards performing, conducting and music education has led to an exciting and extensive career that she continues to pursue in every coming opportunity.
We rehearse once a week on Wednesday evenings from 8-9:30pm at Roseville public school during school term weeks.
We play a wide range of musical styles including classical, jazz, latin, theme tunes (movies, tv shows), marches, modern compositions and more, see our current and full repertoire here.
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