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: Rose Read
Jodie Brighton BMus GDipEd
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.