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Welcome to 2019!

Posted: 6th January 2019

By: Jarrad

Welcome to 2019! Just to answer the usual run of questions, let me outline the who and what of our bands organisation, it may save you some worry!

Please remember that we are a uniformed, disciplined group on display and therefore correct uniform and attention to detail is requested at all times.

Who do I ask if I require...?

A question relating to music or performance: Murray our Director of Music, or Cheryl for Intermediate Band

A question relating to the operation or assets of the band: a committee member or president Tony

A copy of current music: Cheryl our librarian (must be ordered prior to Sunday the week beforehand)

Correspondence: Band Secretary Barbara

To pay fees: Band Treasurer Cheryl

Uniform: Kerry Fielding

Related to the website: Gus or Jarrad

Where do I find details of:

Playlist, performances: on our website

Gig changes or cancellations: website

Constitution or membership details: website

What do I do...?

If it looks like rain: check the website. The DOM or someone on his behalf will attend the gig early or contact the organisers to discuss options. The gig is assumed on unless cancelled by the DOM.

Are the times listed on the webiste start of play or arrival: unless otherwise stated, the times listed will be actual performance times, please be there at least 30 minutes beforehand unless it is listed otherwise.

If I have a complaint or suggestion regarding the operation of the band: submit it in writing to the committee via the secretary and it will be raised at the next committee meeting, please remember that you are corresponding with the committee and their role not the person, aggressive or personally offensive contact will not be accepted and items will be minuted accordingly.
Community of Schools Ensemble
Posted: 6th January 2019
By: Jarrad
Term 4 2018 saw the start of our school initiative program called the"Community of Schools ensemble", meeting on Tuesday nights from 5pm till 6 for students of all ages.
Although Small at this point, the potential is enormous, and I encourage all band members from all ensembles to assist in its growth, either by inviting suitable players to attend or jumping in and mentoring.

Upcoming Combined Concert

Posted: 11th October 2018

By: Jarrad

On the 18th of November, Camden Community Band will be performing in a combined concert with Cammeraygal Wind Symphony at Chatswood High School.

For more details, see the attached flyer.


Committee Members

Posted: 25th September 2018

By: Jarrad

The new Committee members (as of the AGM in August) are as follows:
President: Tony Flatman
Vice President: Geoff Freestone
Secretary: Barbara Reeves
Treasurer: Cheryl Ziemiecki
Web Administrator: Gusztav Belanszky
Ordinary Members: Kerry Fielding, David Pollard, Kris Took, Wendy Triffett and Rebecca Ward

Playout Folder

Posted: 26th July 2018

By: Jarrad


Concert Band Members PLEASE NOTE:

The chart list for the new "Playout Folder" is now available on the playlists page. This folder will be the folder used for most general performances, but will not normally be rehearsed.
Please ensure that this folder is kept ready for performances, and that any necessary parts have been ordered. 

AGM 2018

Posted: 29th June 2018

By: Murray

The committee has called the 2018 Annual General Meeting at Camden Senior Citizens hall on Tues 21st August 2018 at 7:30pm. Rehearsal for Senior Band will resume afterwards. All financial members of the association, where possible, should attend. Please fill out the forms below should you wish to nominate a member or if you are unable to attend and wish to appoint a proxy.  
All nominations for positions on the Committee must be in the hands of a committee member by 9.40pm Tuesday 14th August and must be endorsed by the nominated person and two (2) financial members of the Association. 
Click here for nomination form. 

Click here for proxy form. 




USA Tour Update

Posted: 21st November 2017

By: Murray

The touring ensemble recently held its second last rehearsal before embarking on our trip to California in early January and to say the band sounds great is a big understatement!

This is a milestone in the history of our band I believe as never before have Camden Community Band members been represented on the world stage (main stage at Disneyland) our opening and closing numbers will be conducted by our own Musical Director.

A lot of effort and expense has gone into the preparation of this trip by those attending including many visits to Chatswood for rehearsal, uniforms, all the tour costs and more but the value of working with other musicians, the fellowship and the whole experience so far has been of great value. The tour team has also appreciated the support given by the band with their recent concert attendance, financial assistance and the camaraderie within our ensemble.

January 6th will be our departure date, returning on the 19th in time for Australia Day. For those interested, the complete itinerary is located on our member’s page.


Musically yours, Murray Bishop.


Pocket Trumpet Prize Awarded

Posted: 3rd May 2015

By: Lyndell

Over March we ran a draw to win a Pocket Trumpet kindly donated to the band by Murray Bishop. It was won by Spud from Crookwell and our President personally delivered it. 


Australia Day Marching Band

Posted: 26th January 2015

By: Murray

History takes another step. This time with the first full street parade of the new marching band! And what a spectacular turn out it was. 

The day was perfect for our first street march: not too windy, not too hot and with a crowd of thousands to watch us go, the marching ensemble (ably supported by IMMS truck and non marching team) paraded through the streets of Camden as part of the annual Australia Day celebrations. 

Drum Major Leemen picked the perfect speed and control to make it a relatively easy task and with not one but two sousaphones bringing up the rear it was a sight to behold. 

Congratulations to all who took part for making such a positive start to the new year, I can't wait to see what is next!!


Marching Band Takes its First Steps

Posted: 13th May 2014
By: Murray
Saturday morning saw another chapter of history dawn for our band, with the first gathering and rehearsal of our Marching Ensemble. 20 plus eager players and supporters rallied to step into the limelight with grace and style!
Full marks must go to the many first timers who gave it a great shot as well as the experienced members who actively encouraged and helped out.
Drum Major, Dick Leeman gave superb instruction to all and made the day thoroughly enjoyable for all. With another run through we will be ready to face the road in grand style!
The marching band is open to ALL members of Camden Community Band Inc who wish to participate.

The Jackets Have Landed!

Posted: Mon 22nd April 2013

By: Lyndell

I'm very pleased to announce that the new jackets the band has adopted as uniform have arrived so the band will look very trendy this Wednesday and Thursday for our Anzac Services. If you have ordered a jacket and you haven't already paid, please pay $60 to Cheryl asap.

Looking forward to seeing our new look!















Conductors Crotchets 2012

Posted: Tues 27th November 2012
By: Murray
Well another year has come and gone and still we enjoy making music together! It’s been great to see some new faces appearing in our ranks and to see other members return as their commitments allow them to! (That’s not to mention the pleasure of seeing the regulars as well)
Musically, it’s been a year of growth as we have taken on the challenges of some difficult works and put a lot of effort into developing the skills needed to play them. One of the great joys has been the size of the band that remains after the break on rehearsal nights, only a few short years ago, we could not use that time to effectively rehearse pieces due to the low number, but now, we can run full rehearsals right through!
I am excited about what 2013 will bring for our motley crew! The recording session in the middle of the year will be an interesting challenge for us as we can use this to again improve our skills but also as a way of providing a quality recording as a memento to each of our valued members.
Have you ever wondered why you belong to a band? I was asked recently about what a member can get out of their time with a community band and the answer is a lot more than music! Sure, there is the musical aspect and the desire to play together and perhaps learn together in a particular field, there is also the sense of belonging and the opportunity to put something into a group. But when you consider the support we offer to so many other community functions and charities, you as a member give an awful lot back to the wider community! If you do the maths (hypothetically of course) for the value we provide, it’s pretty staggering! Just think if we charged $50 per player per hour to attend a function (which in this day and age is very cheap) and played for an hour plus set up and waiting time (1 hour set up, wait and pack up) you get $100 per person per job. Now multiply that by 25 players and you get $2500 per job. We do about 10 per year that are fund raising or charitable so now multiply by that and you get $25000.00. That is what you donate back to your community (conservatively) every year and often for no other return than personal satisfaction. That is something to be very proud of indeed and as a community organisation, we can hold our heads high as we are part of a group that not only enjoys performing but by doing so, we can help our local charities as well!
No comment, wrap or editorial would be complete without thanking our committee for their tireless efforts; so much work goes on behind the scenes to keep our band afloat and developing at a constant pace. Their often un-noticed efforts are gratefully acknowledged and accepted as is the support of the non-playing partners and families of all our members, but of course, my thanks must go to each and every member of our team for again choosing to be a member of the Camden Community Band this year, it’s always a pleasure and privilege to work with you and to enjoy your company and I look forward to more of it next year!
Murray Bishop

Musical Director

Combined Concert

Posted: Mon 5th Nov 2012

By: Lyndell

Click here to see the flyer promoting our upcoming performance. 


South Pacific Rehearsal

Posted: Sat 3rd Nov 2012

By: Lyndell

Anyone from Senior Band who can attend is invited to the South Pacific Band Rehearsal on Wednesday 21st November at Picnic Point Public School commencing at 7:30pm. This will be the last rehearsal before the combined concert on the 25th. Hope to see as many as possible there.

Bushdance Postponed

Posted: Tues 30th Oct 2012

By: Lyndell

Due to a lack of numbers we have decided to postpone the Bushdance to early next year. Thank you to those who supported it and we look forward to organising an awesome event for next year. Watch this space!

Bushdance 2012

Posted: Thurs 11th Oct 2012

By: Lyndell

Camden Community Band has organised a bush dance as fun night out and fundraiser for the band. The event is open to the public. Use the contact us section of the website if you wish to book tickets. See the flyer below for details. 

CCB Committee Meeting

Posted: Tues 4th Sept 2012

By: Lyndell

Just a reminder that there will be a committee meeting on Wednesday 12th Sept, 7pm at Murray and Lyndell's. Email me if you need the address. Most of the discussion will be around the Bush Dance and uniforms. 

CCB AGM 2012 Result

Posted: Tues 31st July 2012

By: Lyndell

The AGM was held as advised last Tuesday 24th July and we had a great turn out with over 30 band members present.

A special mention must be made to Cheryl Ziemiecki who was awarded Life Membership of the Camden Community Band by unanimous vote. She is our first ever life member and it is an honour she thoroughly deserves. 

The committee elected for 2012 is as follows:


President - Geoff Freestone       
Vice President - Wendy Triffett 
Secretary - Lyndell Walsh 
Treasurer - Cheryl Ziemiecki 
Ordinary Members - Kris Took, Kerry Fielding and Mayumi Kelly. 


CCB: AGM 2012

Posted: Mon 25th June 2012

By: Lyndell

The committee has called the 2012 Annual General Meeting at Camden Public School Hall on Tues 24th July at 7:30pm. Rehearsal for Senior Band will resume afterwards. All financial members of the Camden Community Band, where possible, should attend. The main business of this meeting will be the electing of the committee. Please fill out the forms below should you wish to nominate a member or if you are unable to attend and wish to appoint a proxy. 

Nomination Form 2012

Proxy Form


Crookwell 2012

Posted: Sun 4th March 2012

By: Murray

Neither Rain nor icy conditions deterred the senior band from venturing forth on a weekend trip to the Potato Festival of Crookwell this weekend. A contingent of around 25 musicians and quite a few partners departed a wet Camden on Friday afternoon and descended upon a very wet Crookwell to play the last night of the Proms concert in St Bartholomew’s Anglican church, an appreciative audience clapped and cheered enthusiastically through great performances by the band, the Wagga men’s Rugby \choir, David Johnson’s organ recital and the wonderful voice of Sarah Campbell as she sang beautifully accompanied by her Nan! Saturday gave way to a relaxing walk around town and then the combination of forces between our band and Liverpool Brass Band drew an audience to a free lunchtime concert for 2 1/2 hours in the church hall. Saturday night was party night as we enjoyed the gastronomic hospitality of Spud Murphy and friends and then the big inter band trivia challenge!

            Despite the weather, I am sure the band enjoyed themselves greatly as much as they were appreciated by the locals and visitors alike, many thanks to all who made the trip and those who worked tirelessly to organise, bus drive and coordinate the weekend and we cannot forget the wonderful warmth and friendship of our hosts, David Johnson, Barry “Spud” Murphy and the potato festival team, let’s hope next year the weather is kinder to all!

  P.S. any photos of the weekend would be appreciated..send them to Lyndell


Bunnings BBQ a great success!

Posted: Sat 3rd Dec 2011 9:27pm

By: Murray

Fantastic weather, pre Christmas crowds and enthusiastic band members all combined on Saturday Dec 3 to BBQ the way through 700 plus sausages at Narellan Bunnings! Our culinary skills were well received as we worked steadily through a huge pile of food to create over $1000 profit towards the Crookwell trip away. In addition, Wendy held a craft stall and Jill led a small ensemble through their Christmas carol paces.

Not only was it a financial success, but the community spirit of our band certainly shone through as the camaraderie and team work came to the fore... well done all!



Training Band reaches for the stars!

Posted: Wed 26th Oct 2011 4:50pm

By: Murray 

On Tuesday last, I walked into a storm as I arrived for our weekly rehearsal! A storm of euphoria and pride, our training band played together as an ensemble for the very first time after only a few weeks of sectional tuition. I was repeatedly told of the pride and excitement that the members showed and it was highly evident that our tutors felt the same way!

Congratulations to ALL the participants of the training section who have not only put a wonderful effort but have again clearly demonstrated the aims and goals of our band group, I look forward to hearing the ensemble perform later in the year and to more good news as it happens. 

Well Done!


Opera House Screening

Posted: Sun 18th September 4:45pm

By: Lyndell

We have received and will be showing the DVD of our Opera House performance at break time this coming Tuesday starting from approx. 8:30pm. 


Committee Meeting

Posted: Sun 18th September 4pm

By: Lyndell

Just a reminder that the committee will be meeting this coming Wed night at Cheryl's place from 7pm. Please talk to a committee member regarding anything you would like discussed. 


New 'Band in Action' Page

Posted: Sun 14th August 11:00am

By: Lyndell

I have added a new page to the website called Band in Action which features a YouTube video of the band playing at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan on Mothers Day 2011. Hopefully this is the first of many. 


New Training Band

Posted: Tues 2nd August 4:31pm
By: Lyndell
From tonight, we are starting a new training band for people who have never played an instrument before. If you would like to join the band people use the Contact Us section of the website to get in touch with us. Instruments, music and tuition are all provided for a lot less than you think!



Lucky Member Draw Winner

Posted: Tues 2nd August 2011 4:30pm
By: Lyndell
Robert from Intermediate Band won the lucky member draw that was held last Tuesday night at band. Thanks to all those that contributed.

Committee Meeting 

Posted: Wed 15th June 8:36pm
By: Lyndell
There will be a committee meeting on Wednesday 29th June at 7pm. Location TBA. 

Final Rehearsal for the Opera House

Posted: Wed 15th June 8:26pm

By: Lyndell


The Mount Annan performance on Sunday 26th June has been cancelled. As a result the Senior Band will be doing a final rehearsal at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School on Sun 26th June before our Opera House performance on Mon 27th June. The time will be 12-2pm in the Performance Space (off Beverly Rd, Campbelltown). 
Please make it a priority to attend this rehearsal.


Band AGM 

Posted: Tues 7th June 10:46pm

By: Lyndell

All committee members were re-elected unopposed to their positions in record time. 


Committee Meeting and Band AGM

Posted: Tues 17th May 10:39pm 

By: Lyndell

The committee will be having a meeting at 7pm on Wed 25th May at Cheryl's place. All welcome. Contact me if you need address details. The Band AGM will be on Tues June 8th at 7:30pm before normal rehearsal. 


Performing at the Opera House

Posted: Sun 15th May 11:10am

By: Lyndell

The band is excited to annouce that we will be performing at the Sydney Opera House in the Concert Hall on Monday 27th June 2011 along with a few other bands from Australia and New Zealand. The concert commences at 8pm. 


Donation to the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund

Posted: Wed 23rd March 6:19pm 

By: Murray

Following a request from a band member we voted last night to donate money from band funds to the Japanese relief fund via the Japanese consulate. Any further personal donations would be welcomed. 


Lucky Member Draw Winner

Posted: Mon 14th Mar 2011

By: Lyndell

Lyn from Senior Band won the lucky member draw that was held last Tuesday night at band. Thanks to all those that contributed, the band raised $34.


Lucky Member Draw Winner

Posted: Tues 8th Feb 2011

By: Lyndell

Jill from Senior Band won the lucky member draw that was held tonight at band. Thanks to all those that contributed, the band raised $31.


Come to a Tupperware Party!

Posted: Tues 8th Feb 2011

By: Lyndell

We are having a tupperware party to raise money for the band on the afternoon of Feb 19th. Please email for more details or to let Wendy know you\'re coming. Free afternoon tea provided.


Carols in Camden

Posted: Thurs 13th Jan 2011
By: Ian
Playing carols has been part of the band’s December playlist for many years, and is part of an Australian tradition that has been going for over 70 years. In 2010 the Intermediate started things off by playing carols to an enthusiastic gathering on November 26 at Aveo Camden Downs Retirement Village in Camden South. The senior band played at Carols on the Hill at St James Church Menangle on 12 December with a strong spiritual theme and a story telling the religious history of Christmas. This was followed up with carols and Christmas songs at the Camden Valley Inn with both the Intermediate and Senior bands. The gathered assembly enjoyed a visit by Santa who arrived courtesy of the Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. On 18 December the senior band played carols outside the garden’s restaurant in the afternoon and narrowly missed being washed away by a large thunderstorm. In the evening the band combined with the Macarthur Symphonic Wind Concert Band and played carols at the Mt Annan Carols in the Garden hosted by Monica Trapaga.
For those who are not aware Carols by Candlelight is an Australian tradition that started in Melbourne in 1937 by 3KZ’s announcer Norman Banks. The Melbourne Argus reported in 1949 that Banks saw a woman listening to carols alone by candlelight in her flat. He organised the first gathering to a small crowd, which has grown all over Australian and the rest of the world. In 1938  Banks organised an event that attracted 10,000 people gathered at midnight in the Alexandra Gardens to sing carols with a 30 strong choir, two soloists and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Band with proceeds going to the AustinHospital. During the Second World War, 60,000 people turned up in 1940 to sing carols with funds being divided between the Red Cross, the Australian Comforts Fund and the Austin Hospital.


Players Wanted

Posted: Wed 5th January 2011

By: Lyndell

For those of you who are missing playing in band and would like to have some fun sight reading the Jerry Nowak Summer Conducting School is looking for players for a week during the school holidays. Quite a few of us are attending including both Murray and myself so feel free to have a look at the details below and register your interest.

The ABODA Conducting Summer School is an annual event where conductors come to study with Prof Jerry Nowak. During the second week of the course (17 – 21 January 2011) we form a Concert Band with extra players for the students to conduct.
You will get the opportunity to sight read many new and old charts for band as each conductor works on several different pieces throughout the week, and also learn from Maestro Jerry Nowak.
We will provide morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea as well as good fun and music.
When: Monday 17 Jan – Friday 21 Jan 2011
Where: Army Band Sydney,
Moore Park Road (opposite Sydney Football Stadium)
Times: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Please RSVP to Course Manager Garry Clark with your name, instrument(s),
available days and a contact number.
Ph: 9620 7903


Intermediate Band "Sees the Light"

Posted: Mon 29th November 2010
By: Cheryl
On Friday 26th November twenty members of the Intermediate Band entertained residents and guests at the Aveo Camden Downs Retirement Village Christmas Light Up. For two hours the Band played their whole repertoire of Christmas carols and songs to an appreciative audience.
Trish did a great job on vocals ably assisted by Tasman, Dave W. and the Aveo sing along group. The night culminated in the turning on of the award winning Christmas Lights Display.
The manager of the village, the residents and their guests were delighted with the Intermediate Band’s performance.