Edinburgh Concert Band (ECB) was founded in 1988 with the aim of providing an opportunity for community musicians, school leavers and the student population to come together to make music. While the band consistently performs to a high level, the ethos is focused on being inclusive and welcoming. Today ECB is a true community band, with over 60 members aged 18 upwards and from all walks of life, performing and enjoying a wide range of music across the concert band repertoire.
The band undertakes a number of varied engagements each season, with a strong commitment to community and charity events. Recent highlights for the band include the introduction of an annual Children’s Concert, and the commission of an original work composed for the band by the renowned Jazz Composer and Educator, Richard Michael (2013). The band performs two major concerts each year in December and June and takes part in National Festivals, such as the National Concert Band Festival and the Scottish Concert Band Festival, when possible.
Conductor – Sarah Cunningham
Chairman – Allan Cumming
Allan has been a member of the band since 2000 and has been Chairman since 2001. You can find him in the trumpet section!
Vice Chairman – Alysoun Wilson – Ticket sales
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Secretary – Ed Weeple
Ed joined the band around Easter 2012; and took on the role of Secretary in 2014.
Treasurer – Jackie Newsome
Librarian – Mike Knox
Mike joined the band in the autumn of 1990, shortly after leaving school. In addition to heading the trombone section he is also the band’s librarian. Mike currently lives & works in Edinburgh.
Membership Secretary – Christine Bethune
Christine started playing the oboe in 2004 and as a fan of ECB joined the band as soon as she could! She lives in Edinburgh, has worked in public and FE libraries, and sings with a local choir. During rehearsals, Christine can be found in the oboe section!
To find more about joining the band and subscriptions:
Alison Kearns – Social Secretary
Judy McCulloch – Making Music Representative
Judy is responsible for acting as the main point of contact and keeping the membership up to date for Making Music, a charity that provides advice, support and resources for music groups across the UK. She receives and monitors information from Making Music and has recently worked on the band’s first application for the Adopt a Composer Scheme. During rehearsals, Judy can be found in the Clarinet section!
Emma Dalrymple – Polo Shirts
Vicki Fraser – ECB Development
Vicki joined the band recently after an extended break from playing clarinet. She volunteered for the committee in May 2017 to work alongside former committee member Rowan in website development and marketing. Currently she’s working on an update to the band’s online ticketing system. During rehearsals, Vicki can be found in the clarinet section!
Ex-officio Musical director – Sarah Cunningham