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2019 BAND REHEARSALS delayed by 1 week, sorry!

Due to an enrolment glitch & the Con’s current refurbishments, our usual rehearsal space is not available tonight, so we’ve had to delay our START DATE until MONDAY 11th FEBRUARY  <<<  Mark that date in your diary/calendar & get online, as soon as you possibly can, to ENROL via the Northern Rivers Conservatorium‘s WEBSITE:  –  Please choose the ‘COMMUNITY MUSIC option & complete the form online, leaving ‘Individual Tuition’ blank & instead completing the ‘Group Tuition‘ section – No need to pay online YET the Con will send you an invoice + you can pay in person at the office [before 5pm weekdays], including the one-off ANNUAL insurance fee, usually around $22.

OTHERWISE, we’ll see you all on the 11th! Same Bat-time, same Bat-channel:  i.e. 5pm-7pm UPstairs in the Conservatorium’s CONCERT ROOM [sorry, no wheelchair access, yet].

There’s more info about the enrolling process + dates for each school term etc on our CALENDAR page, & remember, there’s a special discounted ‘Familyrate available when at least one school-aged child is enrolled >>> Check out this link

Ben van Kleef conducts the LISMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA this weekend …

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This coming Saturday night & Sunday afternoon the Lismore Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by our very own Musical Director/Conductor, Ben van Kleef

These two concerts represent great opportunity to see our beloved musical leader in his element as he directs our regional symphony & an accompanying choir.

Sat 10 Nov 7.30pm-9.30pm – Whitebrook Theatre @ Southern Cross University (Lismore Campus)

Sun 11 Nov 2pm-4pm – Whitebrook Theatre @ Southern Cross University (Lismore Campus)


Adults $30

Pensioner Concession $25

Student: $15

Family Ticket (Good for 4 – 2 Adults and 2 Full Time Students over 12) $80

Under 12’s: Free

Follow the link below for more info &/or to buy tickets …

Screen Shot 2018-11-09 at 10.29.56 AMALSO, several of our Band members & colleagues will be playing within the Orchestra itself … This is a special opportunity to see LIVE ORCHESTRAL MUSIC in a regional country town.

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Combined Cadets + ConBand near Quad 17 Nov 2018

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The ‘344 Musicians Flight Australia‘ will be visiting Lismore for the weekend of 17th November –> While they’re here, they’ll be taking an opportunity to play w/ us in a free & friendly COMBINED-BAND CONCERT near the Lismore QUAD* – i.e. under the trees at the back of the Con [or UPstairs inside the Con if it’s raining].

These young’uns [aged 13-18 + a few adults] look very disciplined & are sure to be solid players … This concert on the grassy area behind the Con [next to the Con carpark, between the Con & the Quad] offers a sweet mix of disciplinary challenge for our own ConBand with a chance for the cadets’ military-focused Band to enjoy what might be a more relaxing environment than their usual gigs.  Passers-by on the day won’t be able to help themselves but stop & listen & be inspired as together we create big beautiful sounds under the trees on this late Spring day … SEE U THERE!! 🙂

This is a FREE CONCERT for general public audience.

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Officially known as the NORTH COAST NATIONAL …

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Every year the Lismore City Concert Band shares it music with show patrons, this year in the afternoon from 2.40pm – be there much earlier if you’re playing (don’t forget to schedule time to park & walk in!) ….

We’ll be playing inside the PAVILLION if it’s raining.

Official band uniform of black pants (or skirt) & white shirt with collar for this gig.

Here’s a link to the Show’s webpage:



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It’s that time of year again, when we get together with our neighbours/fellow regional players from Ballina to share tunes & inspire each other ….

It’ll be a day of the combined musical forces of Lismore City Concert Band AND the Ballina Shire Concert Band – we’ll learn our pieces & they’ll learn ours … with a shared lunch BBQ* in the midst of it all.

Although this is not an official performance, the public is welcome to attend, especially friends & family of the bands &/or aspiring players who are thinking of joining a community band.

These annual Combined Band Days are always relaxing enjoyable get-togethers … They provide a great sense of solidarity (as fellow players & community members) & tend to reinforce everyone’s commitment to musical craft. We look forward to seeing you all there! 😉

* Any folks with special dietary needs (such as vego or gluten-free, etc) may wish to bring along their own lunch or ingredients for the BBQ … Otherwise, a general sausage sizzle will be provided for lunch.




The Lismore City Concert Band Committee has decided that from Term 2 of 2018 & onwards, band fees will be significantly LESS for additional (dependent) family members … This is in order to assist parents who are paying for more than one child’s attendance at Band … We also hope to encourage more children to join the band:  the more the merrier!!  🙂

The new fee structure for FAMILIES that include dependent children are as follows:

1st family member (adult or child):  $50 per term (i.e. standard band fee)

2nd dependent/child:  $30 per term

Each additional dependent/child:  $20 per term

Ben van Kleef conducts the LISMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA this weekend …

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Image: Ben van Kleef conducting the last performances by Lismore Symphony Orchestra


It’s not too late to catch the final performance of the Lismore Symphony Orchestra today, conducted by our very own Ben van Kleef … The theme is PASSION!  Follow the links below for more info … Performance is at 2pm today at Southern Cross University’s WHITEBROOK THEATRE:

ALSO, several of our Band members & colleagues will be playing within the Orchestra itself … This is a special opportunity to see live orchestral music in a regional country town.

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Hi all …

Our Musical Director, Ben van Kleef is having a few weeks off from conducting the Lismore City Concert Band whilst he focuses on this weekend’s performances by Lismore Symphony Orchestra, which he is yet again conducting.

Laurie Green, Cornettist/Trumpeter, Teacher & Bandmaster/Conductor of several bands (including the Ballina Shire Concert Band & the Galaxy Jazz Band <— formerly known as the Northern Rivers Big Band), has stepped in to fill Ben’s shoes during this period.  (Laurie ALSO plays with the Lismore Symphony Orchestra.)

The Band has already had one session with Laurie at the helm & is benefiting from experiencing the perspectives that Laurie brings with him.  Many thanks, Laurie.

ConBand NEWS + New COMMITTEE :-)


THANKS to all who attended our Pizza Night / AGM … Several long-standing Committee members are having a rest after much dedicated effort & a few Band members (players) have stepped into their shoes to help share the load of supporting & managing the Band .. HUGE THANKS to outgoing Committee peeps & WELCOME to our newbies.

MINUTES from this recent AGM (or any future Meetings) can be obtained by request from our new Secretary, Letitia Scott.

Please find below text from our ANNUAL REPORT for the 2017/2018 year, as presented by our outgoing Secretary, Wendy Coates [who has held this position for 4 years until now <– thanxx Wendy].

Lismore City Concert Band Annual report: 2017/2018

Presented by Wendy Coates (Secretary), on behalf of the Lismore City Concert Band Committee …

The Committee is happy to report a year of solid achievement for the Band.

Members:  The band has grown some over the year, with a steady trickle of new players including some younger players, which is good to see.  Also good to have several families with siblings and parents getting involved.  At the same time we have missed other members who have taken time out for various reasons, or moved out of the area.  We had a Japanese clarinettist join for a term while she was studying at Southern Cross University.  It’s great that some ex-players, other local musicians and extended family members continue to join us for public performances.

Gigs:  The band continues to play its regular gigs as well as some new ones.  We performed our end of year Christmas Concert on the new Quad area that has been developed between the new Art Gallery, Library and Con.  It’s great to now have access to such a beautifully appointed open air space in the centre of town, and not far from our rehearsal space in the Conservatorium.  We hope to use it more in the future.  The regular Anzac day gig went well in 2018 and this was followed up with a midday performance at the Lismore Workers Club, which was a lot of fun for all involved.  Unfortunately we had to miss our regular appearance at the Lismore Show in October 2017 due to inclement weather.  Last year we decided to reach out to other concert bands in the area, extending invitations to a shared event and were very happy to have a contingent from the Ballina Concert Band journey to Lismore to join us in the auditorium at the Worker’s Club in September for a day of combined rehearsal and culminating in a performance. The band marched again in the Lismore Lantern Parade in June 2017.  It was exciting to have our new T-shirts ready for the gig featuring a funky icon of a hand clutching a bunch of music notes rising from the water.  The flood theme being very significant to Lismore as this was only a couple of months after the devastating 2017 flood and the town focus very much on recovery.

Funds:  Raising money in addition to membership fees is an ongoing responsibility, to cover our ongoing tuition, insurance, library maintenance and photocopying, special projects and other costs and to keep the band operating and solvent.  A small increase in membership has helped improve our finances but we are still going behind by a certain amount each year and need to find alternative ways to raise funds.  We applied to the Southern Cross Credit Union for a grant this year but were unsuccessful. This year we missed the usual end-of-year raffle because the committee members were busy and we didn’t get it started early enough.  We really could do with some extra help with this to rectify this situation in 2018. The regular Bunnings Sausage Sizzle remains a reliable source of income that plays a vital role in our fundraising effort.  A big shout-out to the small band of volunteers donned aprons and served bangers on sizzle day last year.  We sold out by days end.  As well as raising much needed funds, it’s also an excellent opportunity to talk to public about the band and a great bonding session.  The committee will be seeking help from members with this activity again for our next sizzle on 1st July, 2018.

Library:  Maintaining our extensive library of scores and instruments requires attention on a regular basis.  At the beginning of the year a small team gathered to sort scores, returning them to the filing system so they can be easily located for the new year.

Promotion:  Band publicity has been maintained via the website and a number of pieces in the local press.  The Facebook page continues to be an important site for sharing information.  At the beginning of the university year a small group of members took a stall at SCU Orientation week to promote the band, and had many good inquiries but unfortunately no new members from it to date.

Venue:  We are ever thankful to the Conservatorium for supporting the Band by providing us with ongoing use of the Concert Room for our weekly rehearsals and of the storage space.  At the beginning of the year we signed another Memorandum of Understanding to continue this arrangement for the next 12 months.

Musical Direction:  We thank our wonderful music director, Ben Van Kleef for his vision, musical guidance and leadership.  Ben continues to inspire the band to be the best that it can be and to make playing music together a lot of fun.

Committee:  Thanks to the members of the committee for their diligence and commitment to doing as much as they can with the resources available.  We look forward to another year of musical development, sharing the enjoyment of playing together and to making a contribution to the culture and community of our town.

We look forward to the Lismore City Concert Band going from strength to strength over the coming year.

Wendy Coates (Secretary)