The “Payneham City Concert Band” has a proud history of music making. More than 50 years ago it began as the Murray Park Band, a brass band which later became the St. Peters Municipal Band.
One of the highlights of these early years was the St Peters Municipal Band playing before the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth 11 during her first visit to Australia in 1954.
This Brass Band changed to the present Concert Band format in 1966, and was the only Concert Band in South Australia at that time. Dean Jeffries was then our Musical Director, who was invested with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2003 for services to music and the Community. He retired from the band at the end of 2004. Rick Plummer was appointed as Musical Director in March of 2005, a role he performed until he moved interstate for work at the end of 2007.
Bob Hower is the band’s Musical Director.
In 1988 the band moved to Payneham under the sponsorship of the Payneham City Council, which later merged in 1997 with two other councils to become the City of Norwood Payneham and St. Peters. The City continues to actively support the Band.
We play a large variety of music. The standard repertoire includes classic marches, well known hymns, selections from musicals and films, light classical pieces, comedy numbers, pop music, music from the swing era and folk music.
The band has a huge music library and many arrangements have been written specially for the band by our former musical director Dean Jeffries, or members of the band. You can listen to a few tracks from some of the band’s concerts here.