Our History

The Gold Coast City Wind Orchestra was the brain child of Alan White, Peter Smith, Greg Latter and Greg Donaghy. The first rehearsal was on 16 April 2002, and the orchestra quickly established itself as the premier community band on the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast City Wind Orchestra has experienced considerable success which has been measured by it substantial growth and results at competitions - winning outright the two major competitions entered to date, and by being selected to represent Australia and the Gold Coast at the 14th International Bands Festival in Taiwan in December 2005.

The objectives of forming the Gold Coast City Wind Orchestra were to:

  • Provide a musical venue where Gold Coast musicians can develop their musical and performance skills;
  • Encourage Gold Coast musicians to explore greater musical appreciation by attending master classes run by nationally and internationally recognised conductors;
  • Assist Gold Coast musicians to gain more confidence with their performances by competing on state, national and international competition stages;
  • Expose Gold Coast musicians to a wider range of music styles, and gain a greater appreciation of other composer
  • Actively encourage junior Gold Coast musicians to extend their abilities by providing the opportunity to play with a senior Band.

  • The first rehearsal was held in the Gold Coast District Cricket Club rooms, with approximately 15 new members in attendance. As word got out, GCCWO membership blossomed and within a few months the membership exceeded 30 people and the orchestra quickly outgrew the space available within the Cricket club rooms.

    The orchestra started performing at Robina and the Broadbeach shopping centre and on each performance we gained a few new members. The highlight in 2002-2003 was performing at the gates of the invitational rugby league games (pre Titans).

    In October 2002, the GCCWO moved to the library of the Merrimac State High School and once again membership grew. In mid 2003 the GCCWO were able to use the Performing Arts Centre. The down side of using these venues was that the Orchestra had to transport all of its percussion equipment and music stands to and from the rehearsal venue. Despite this the GCCWO continued to grow and regularly had attendances of more than 50 people.

    In 2004 the GCCWO attended its first competition at Newcastle (at this stage there was no competition venue in Queensland for Concert Bands). The Orchestra performed with distinction, winning by 30 points over the 2nd placed ensemble. As a result of the efforts the GCCWO was invited to tour Taiwan in 2005.

    After a very successful tour to Taiwan, the Orchestra performed at the National Championships in Brisbane, winning every section in the C Grade. This was repeated in the 2006 Nationals in Melbourne wining all sections except the Hymn.

    The GCCWO’s mission statement is:

    The mission of the Gold Coast City Wind Orchestra is to propagate and perpetuate musical culture, across a broad spectrum of the public through the presentation of Orchestral Ensemble performances, educational programs, championships and the production of recordings. The Gold Coast City Wind Orchestra has as its central obligation service to the people of the Gold Coast, in particular the nurturing of banding within the youth of the Gold Coast.