Ryde Band is a non-profit community band which plays music in venues around the City of Ryde. Like most older community bands in Sydney it started life as brass band but has been a concert band for many years. Ryde Band is now also developing Big Band repertoire for interested members.
Ryde Band has always been progressive with its repertoire and the development of musicianship in all players. The Band plays music that people enjoy listening to and it also nurtures young players, a number of whom have been helped by their experience in the band to make careers in music.
Ryde Band was founded in 1884 and has performed almost continuously since that time. Ryde Council helped establish the band and has provided support for more than 80 years. The Band’s role in the civic and community life of Ryde is and always has been integral to its existence.
Our members all pay Band fees, to cover expenses including insurance, rehearsal hall hire, music and professional music director / conductor. We all belong and play for the love of being in a band. The membership covers a wide range of skills and age groups and is open to anyone who plays an instrument suitable for a concert band.
The band has a number of instruments available for use by members who do not have their own. Uniforms are partly supplied by the band.