A band program for talented young musicians

in the Northern Sydney region

A band program for talented young musicians2020-07-22T23:19:56+10:00

The Northern Sydney Symphonic Wind Ensemble (NSSWE) is a band extension program designed for student musicians who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments.
More about us …

Join us

NSSWE features a tiered program of 4 wind ensembles

Our Ensembles & how to join

Connect with us

Connect is NSSWE’s new online learning platform. All ensembles continue to meet on their regular ensemble days and times and engage in a variety of music based activities. NSSWE Connect has been designed and developed by Artistic Director, Patrick Brennan, to keep NSSWE musicians motivated and connected, until rehearsals can recommence.  Included in NSSWE Connect are Music Theory classes and exciting Workshops with some of Australia’s leading instrumentalists and musicians.
Upcoming Workshops

Perform with us

NSSWE presents its Spring Music Festival each September at the Concourse in Chatswood

Due to the current restrictions this event has been cancelled for 2020.

We hope to come back bigger than ever in 2021

Spring Music Festival 2021

The NSSWE Plus Program

Are you a school leaver who would like to develop your skills as a professional musician whilst continuing to play in a high level ensemble? Our unique Plus program is designed to take your musical skills to the next level and covers a wide range of topics. Interested? Read more
9 – 12 September 2021

Upcoming Events

Latest News

Rehearsals commence on Tuesday 21 July 2020

Music theory classes will resume on line on Friday 24 July


For your Diary

Sep 11

2020 NSSWE Spring Music Festival – Cancelled

Fri 11 Sep @ 7:00 pm - Sun 13 Sep @ 9:00 pm
Nov 14

2020 Audition Weekend (for 2021 intake)

Sat 14 Nov @ 8:00 am - Sun 15 Nov @ 5:00 pm
Nov 27

NSSWE 2020 Showcase

Fri 27 Nov @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Professional Ensemble Conductors

Patrick Brennan
Patrick BrennanNSSWE’s Artistic Director & Senior Wind Ensemble Conductor & NSSWE Plus teacher
A highly regarded professional conductor, Patrick Brennan has studied music at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and was selected to participate in the prestigious Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program.
> Read Patrick’s bio
Kylie Tyson
Kylie TysonIntermediate Wind Ensemble Conductor
Kylie graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1994 with a degree in Education majoring in Trumpet and Voice. Since graduating, Kylie has worked extensively as a primary, secondary and tertiary music educator in the classroom and on the podium, as an instrumental and vocal director.
> Read Kylie’s bio
Derek Barg
Derek BargJunior Wind Ensemble Conductor
Derek Barg brings 30 years of experience in instrumental music education to NSSWE, with expertise in concert band conducting, stage band directing and private percussion tuition.
> Read Derek’s bio
Stephen Smith
Stephen SmithPrimary Wind Ensemble Conductor
Stephen attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music in performance on Classical Trombone. In 2008 Stephen took an opportunity to gain experience in regional NSW, accepting a role at the Macquarie Conservatorium in Dubbo.
> Read Stephen’s bio

Our Students Say

I love going to band because you get to play beautiful pieces and collaborate with everyone

Kaylee (Primary Wind Ensemble)

Its fun.. it teaches me to play better and I meet new people and speak to other musicians

Brody (Primary Wind Ensemble)

The music is really interesting and challenges me

Bella (Junior Wind Ensemble)

I love our conductor Kylie, she makes rehearsal really fun and interesting

Sienna (Junior Wind Ensemble)
I love NSSWE because it’s fun, you get to meet new people and it’s great to play music outside of school.
Josh (Intermediate Wind Ensemble)

I love making new friends at NSSWE, particularly with those who play the same instrument.

Scarlett (Primary Wind Ensemble)
I love that at NSSWE everyone loves music and wants to play together.  We play new music all the time.
Poppy (Primary Wind Ensemble)

I love NSSWE because you meet new friends and get to extend your skills.

Alice (Primary Wind Ensemble)

NSSWE is a great opportunity to extend beyond my school music program – and I’ve made lots of new friends

Zoe (Junior Wind Ensemble)

I love playing new, challenging and exciting pieces in NSSWE. It is a great way to meet new people who love to play music.

Oliver (Primary Wind Ensemble)

Any Questions?

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