BrizWest Community Music Ensembles Inc. began life as an Adult Learners' Band in late 1997 under the direction of Koss Siwers, an instrumental teacher at a local school. Koss advertised locally for "Adults who want to play in a learners' band - bring your instrument, a willingness to learn, and a sense of humour". The latter was the glue that held the original group of 30 brave blowers together during the early days as we developed our musical interests and skills.
Since then we have developed into West Winds Concert Band (previously the Brizwest Concert Band) and the Kate Street Big Band (previously the Kate Street Mob Jazz Band, or KSM). Our players have a wide variety of backgrounds and experience, ranging from professionals to happy amateurs and from senior citizens to high school students. Some of the original adult learners still play with us, some have re-ignited their musical interests after time away and others have moved into the district. We aim to enjoy our music making with our friends while maintaining a high standard of performance.
Executive Committee (Board)
President: Kate Jenkins
Vice President: Ian Kroll
Treasurer: Ian Read
Secretary: Barry Henderson
Stefan Mashor BMus
Jodie Brighton BMus GDipEd
Stefan H. Mashor began studying classical guitar with renowned Belgian classical guitarist Richard Van Wyk and later composition with Nick Jefferson.
After achieving his International Baccalaureate Diploma with Excellence in Music, he proceeded to study at the Queensland Conservatorium majoring in Composition and studying under Gerard Brophy where he was awarded a Bachelor of Music in Composition and the Silver Harris and Jeff Peck Composition Prize. The prize gave him the opportunity to write his orchestral piece "Ginnungagap" which was performed by the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in 2011.
Stefan has fronted a number of Progressive rock bands, folk groups and Jazz Combo's. He is currently working as the Musical Director to the BrizWest Community Ensembles with the Kate Street Big Band.
Jodie Brighton studied a Bachelor of Music at the University of Queensland in St Lucia. She majored in performance on the clarinet and was taught by world-class clarinettists Paul Dean and Graham Evans. Jodie was the lead clarinettist in the UQ concert band and the UQ orchestra, graduating in 2008. After completing her Music Degree she went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Education in 2009.
After university Jodie moved back to her home town of Bundaberg and commenced her teaching career at the Bundaberg Christian College from 2010-2016. While in Bundaberg Jodie was performing the euphonium with the Bundaberg Municipal Brass Band when she was offered the position of band director for the Brass Academy. At the beginning of 2015 she moved onto the position of Musical Director for the Bundaberg Municipal Brass Band No.1. In 2017 Jodie and her husband Eli relocated to Brisbane. Jodie currently teaches Instrumental Music for Education Queensland, as well as teaching students privately on the clarinet, saxophone and in music theory.