Photograph by: Ron Craig

About Us


The Southern Highlands Concert Band is a community organisation which was formed with the support of Wingecarribee Shire Council in 1985 and currently has a playing membership of more than forty musicians of widely varying ages.

The central aim is twofold: to provide quality music to complement the many civic and social events within and beyond the Southern Highlands, and to make available a medium for musicians of all ages to enjoy and develop their musical abilities.

The band performs regularly at both outdoor and indoor venues and presents a regular series of public concerts.

Membership enquires are welcome from players of wind and percussion instruments and should be directed initially to the band Secretary, or other contacts shown below. This may be done at any time via telephone or email, or in person at any rehearsal.

Rehearsals are held at 7:15pm on Wednesday evenings during school terms at the Bowral Memorial Hall, Bendooley Street, Bowral.




September 18 (Sunday) Tulip Time in Corbett Gardens. (morning)
November 26 (Saturday) SHCB Concert, Bowral Memorial Hall, 7.30pm
November 27 (Sunday) SHCB Concert, Bowral Memorial Hall, 2.00pm


So far in 2016..........

         Although Saturday was the first really cold evening of this year over 160 brave residents of and visitors to the Southern Highlands ventured out to listen to the band's “Beatles, Bach and Bacharach” themed May concert. This was followed by  the Sunday matinee on a day which struggled to get to 10 degrees. A large audience filled the hall and the band was able to claim a “Full House” for the first time!  The band would like to say a big thank you to the local residents and visitors for their support. Audience feedback confirmed it had been worth leaving warm fireplaces.

     DavidRicketts     For his first major concert series since his return as Music Director Julian Paviour chose a theme that allowed for a wide variety of music, much of which was well known to the audience. Bach’s “Air” and “Sleepers Wake!”, Bacharach’s “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and “Alfie”, and from the Beatles “Lady Madonna” and “Yesterday” were some of the numbers presented. The audiences participated enthusiastically in the singing of the chorus of “Hey Jude”.  The Band enjoyed the challenge presented by the Hershen arranged “Abbey Road: A Symphonic Portrait”.

         Our vocal soloists for these concerts were Keva Abotomey and Stephen Wheatley, both of whom have previously delighted our audiences, and they did so again. David Ricketts put a smile on faces with his “When I’m Sixty-Four” played on Tuba, while Julian himself gave a great performance on flugelhorn of “Whiter Shade of Pale”.  Several of the band members were featured during band numbers, including  two of the younger players, Jessica Bannerman on trombone and Mereki Leton on alto saxophone. It is very pleasing to now have a number of skilled  younger players in the band.KevaAbotomey,StephenWheatley

         The Band will now turn to preparing a new repertoire for the November concert series.  In the Highlands the winter weather does not encourage outdoor performances, but that does not mean we will be hibernating!  New members are always welcome - there are now more than fifty of us - and visitors from other bands travelling through the Highlands are invited to join us. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings 7.15pm during school terms in the Bowral Memorial Hall in Bendooley Street.


Music Director: Julian Paviour 0430 227 944

President: Gerry Power (02) 4861 3755

Secretary: Jill Newell (02) 4868 1834, email

Treasurer: Dennis Purcell (02) 4862 1793

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