About Us

Lake Macquarie Winds Concert Band was formed in 1977 and is respected for its

  • Positive community spirit and activities
  • Student development
  • Friendly flexible opportunities
  • Professional concerts & performances
  • Strong contest performances in local, state & national competitions.

Importantly, the band is fun! It’s fun for participants and fun for the community.

The Band History

The band originated when Mr Geat Ulanas and Mr Gary Shaw realized an opportunity to develop the musical talent and band experience of students graduating from high school who did not want to give up their banding activities. The band also attracted many adults from the community. Lake Macquarie Winds has strong ties with Valentine Public School. Throughout the History of the band, community service, training young musicians and participation for musicians of all levels and ages have always been top priorities.

Our musical directors over the years have been committed professionals dedicated to promoting quality music, effective rehearsals and enjoyable performances to benefit individual members and the community alike.

In 2019 the band appointed Dr Mark Pinner, a professional musician with over four decades of experience as a conductor, performer, teacher, musicologist and cultural historian, as our new Musical Director.

Dr Mark Pinner

The band offers a comprehensive music library updated regularly to ensure a diverse and current range of styles and music is available for any occasion.

Our dedicated and hardworking Committee ensure all the work associated with band management is taken care of.

We welcome new members who may want to Join the Band. We take pride in our band and people and assure new members a positive and worthwhile experience where new friendships and musical ability are developed as part of a balanced approach to band activities.

We would love to hear from any person or organisation who may want to Hire the Band to perform at their venue or event. We look forward to providing a quality musical experience.

It is a valuable business opportunity to Support the Band and contribute to the cultural educational and community services we provide in the local area including developing local talent now and in the future. Any assistance is most sincerely welcome.