About the SEQSW
Under the banner of the South East Queensland Symphonic Winds (SEQSW), we have two musical groups.
The South East Queensland Symphonic Winds is a premier wind ensemble led by Mr Adam Pittard. The repertoire ranges from light classical, through Broadway favourites, movie themes and original wind band compositions.
SEQSW is a 60-piece ensemble, whose members range in ages from 16 to 80, all with something in common – we love to play music. This mix of ages, all with the musical skills necessary, makes for a dynamic and robust ensemble.
The South East Queensland Big Band which began in 2016, is led by Mr Rohan Keylock. This is a classic big band in the true sense, comprising saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section. The big band plays everything from jazz to blues, swing to Latin, and a bit of rock n’ roll.
Both ensembles create an environment where players can hone their skills and interact with other musicians in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
We perform regularly throughout the year with major concerts at the Sandgate Town Hall, on the main stage of the Queen Street Mall and at local community events including for the Brisbane City Council Bands in Parks program and the Sandgate Uniting Church Christmas Lights Festival.
We are always open to new members, and welcome musicians of all ages looking to join a high standard ensemble. Please check our Join Us page for details about current vacancies.
The South East Queensland Big Band rehearses on Monday evenings from 6.00pm, followed by the South East Queensland Symphonic Winds from 7.00pm to 9.15pm.
We rehearse at the Connect Baptist Church – 21 Braun St, Deagon. See map >
Adam has spent over half of his life dedicated to community music. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and International Business from Bond University, and in 2020 completed his Masters of Music Studies (conducting) from the Queensland Conservatorium.
He has performed with a diverse range of musical ensembles including orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands and smaller ensembles, and has been a member of the South East Queensland Symphonic Winds since 2007, starting as principal clarinet.
As well as the Musical Director of the South East Queensland Symphonic Winds (since 2014), Adam plays tenor sax with the SEQBB, clarinet with Queensland Wind and Brass, and is the principal percussionist for the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra. Adam has acted as a guest conductor for the Second Wind Concert Band and the Gold Coast-based Hinterland Community Band on occasion.
By day, Adam works to help facilitate successful international business transactions. So in addition to his long history of musical experience, Adam is well suited as our current President and Musical Director.
Rohan Keylock is a saxophonist from Brisbane. He has performed with numerous bands across a variety of genres – from small jazz groups to big bands, funk, fusion, rock and soul bands, as well as musical theatre pit orchestras, cabaret shows and tribute bands. Rohan says that if you’re not having fun playing music, you’re doing it wrong!
Amy has been playing both the clarinet and tenor saxophone from a young age and appreciated the extension that the South East Queensland Symphonic Winds provided after high school. Amy has been a member of the band since 2009, predominantly on clarinet with the occasional dabble in auxiliary percussion.
Amy holds a Masters in Human Resource Management and has an extensive background in has a background in human resource management; project management; and work health and safety. This professional experience provides a foundation for the band to implement business plans, effectively manage human resource and facilities functions and address relevant emerging needs for the organisation.
Theo has been playing the saxophone since 2000 and is currently playing tenor in both the SEQSW and the SEQBB. He has been involved with SEQSW since 2006 whilst still at school and became a member of the band in 2009. In our wind ensemble, Theo is also the section leader for our sax section.
Theo has been a member of the SEQSW management committee since 2013, first in the equipment manager role before becoming secretary in 2017. With a PhD in biochemistry, Theo is no stranger to hard work and diligence – skills he brings in abundance to his role as secretary of our organisation.
Kirsty is our longest standing member of the band, having joined in 1987. She has seen the band develop over the years into the ensemble it is today. She is primarily a flute and piccolo player but has branched out into various percussion roles in the past and still helps out in percussion as needed. In addition to her current role, Kirsty has held other positions during her time with the band such as Equipment Manager, Assistant Musical Director, Acting Musical Director and Assistant Librarian.
Kirsty holds a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Accounting & Finance and Information Systems & Management Science and during the day works to help manage issues related to insolvency. This education, experience and familiarity with the band make Kirsty a perfect fit as our current Treasurer.
Brandon has been playing percussion from the age of 8. Brandon joined SEQSW in his first year of high school in 2014 and currently plays in both the SEQ Symphonic Winds and SEQ Big Band playing percussion and drums respectfully. Brandon has been the Equipment Manager and member of the committee for the organisation since 2019. In this role, he is responsible for looking after the equipment, assisting in organising the setup and pack up of the equipment for each rehearsal and performance.
Outside of SEQSW, Brandon is a Mortgage Broker and is currently completing further studies in a Bachelor of Engineering (Software) and Commerce (Finance).
Ashlea begun playing percussion in 2012, and now plays a variety of instruments including saxophone, percussion, flute, clarinet and double bass. Holding an Associate Diploma in Music for saxophone performance, Ashlea has taken every opportunity to gain a greater skill set, including studying at the Jazz Music Institute and Queensland Conservatorium.
Currently, Ashlea plays regularly in various pit ensembles, as well as being a member of the Mouldy Reeds saxophone quartet, Queensland Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra, Northside Youth Jazz Ensemble and, of course, the South East Queensland Symphonic Winds. Being a member of the ensemble since 2015, Ashlea finds it a joy and pleasure to be the assistant conductor for this wonderful ensemble.
Mel has been playing the piano since the age of five and later took up the clarinet and trumpet in high school. She switched from trumpet to euphonium / baritone in 1985 and played with Brisbane Brass for several years before joining SEQSW in 2016.
Her day job is a Music Librarian/ Administrator so she is the ideal person for these committee positions.
Jayden has been playing trumpet since 2012 and plays for both the SEQSW and SEQBB. First joining in 2015, he is section leader for the trumpet section in both our Big Band and Wind Ensemble.
Jayden has been a member of the committee since 2020 and focuses on supporting the band to socialise and connect with one another. This matches his skillset well, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Counselling underway.