The Western Australia Fire and Emergency Services Concert Band, formerly known as Perth Concert Band, is a community band in Perth, Western Australia. Our members encompass all walks of life and levels of musical achievement. We range in age from high school students to retirees, and our members include public servants, engineers, students, teachers and town planners among others. We are sponsored by the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services and represent the department, its staff and volunteers at official and community events. The band aims to promote music as an enjoyable endeavour for all, giving citizens of Perth an opportunity to take an active part in the local music scene. The band consists of brass, percussion and woodwind players, rehearses every Tuesday evening, and new members are always welcomed. We play music from many styles, including classical, light entertainment, popular, big band, movie themes, marches, musicals and hymns. This variety and flexibility is one of the band’s major strengths. The band performs in public regularly. As well as organising several of our own concerts each year, we perform at many Department of Fire and Emergency Services Events which include Firefighter Graduations, Police Graduations, International Firefighters’ Memorial Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service State Championships and The WA Fire and Emergency Services Conference. We also march in Perth’s annual ANZAC Day parades and Christmas pageants, compete in the WA state band championships, and take on other performance opportunities as they arise. We are available to hire for events. The Western Australia Fire and Emergency Services Concert Band is affiliated with the Western Australia Band Association.
WAFES Concert Band has a long history. The band was formed in 1920 as a brass band, the 44th Battalion Band, by returned servicemen from World War I. It was founded to contribute to the welcoming party for the Prince of Wales’ visit to Perth in that year. In 1930 it was renamed to the RSL Memorial Band, and 1951 saw the band attending the Ballarat Band Championship. Sponsorship from the BP Refinery (Kwinana) Ltd in 1958 resulted in a name change to BP Brass Band. In 1960 the band took part in the South Australian Band Championship. BP sponsorship ended in 1972 and the band changed its name to the 10th Light Horse RSL Memorial Band. The following year, 1973, the band secured sponsorship from TV Channel 7 and became the TVW Channel 7 Brass Band. In 1979 the band added woodwind instrumentation, changing from a British-style brass band to an American-style concert band. There was a corresponding name change, becoming the TVW Channel 7 Concert Band. In 1986 the band attended the national band championships in Adelaide. In 1990 the long association with Channel 7 ended and the band adopted a new identity — Perth Concert Band. The band thrived for more than two decades, supported primarily by its own members and concert income with no significant on-going funding from outside parties. A new chapter in the band’s history began in 2015, with the band receiving sponsorship from the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). We now perform as the Western Australia Fire and Emergency Services Concert Band, and our role has broadened to include performances at DFES official functions such as the annual volunteer firefighter championships, International Firefighter Memorial Day services, and firefighter graduation ceremonies. We continue to take part in Perth’s annual ANZAC Day and Christmas Pageant parades, but we now represent DFES at those events. Throughout its colourful history the band has remained one of Western Australia’s premier bands, winning the A Grade Concert Band division of the Western Australia Band Association state band championships a dozen times within the past 20 years and becoming the national champion B Grade Concert Band in 2013.
Musical Director – Peter Moore
Peter Moore has been giving concerts with professional orchestras and youth orchestras as well as concert bands for the past 25 years. Originally from London, Peter began his early musical life studying piano, violin and later the bassoon. He has had a distinguished career as a professional bassoonist, as a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and as Principal Bassoon with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (1991 – 2005). He has also played guest principal with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He is currently Principal Baroque and Classical Bassoon with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. For 20 years Peter was Head of Wind Studies and Conducting at the University of Western Australia (Associate Professor). He is Musical Director and Conductor for the West Australian Youth Orchestra Association and has developed many highly successful concert series, introducing young people to the fun and excitement of classical music. He has travelled to many parts of Australia presenting concerts with the West Australian Symphony, the Tasmanian Symphony and Orchestra Victoria. In Singapore he is a major contributor to the annual Babies Proms concerts with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Peter has also made two visits to The Hong Kong Sinfonietta. To WAFES Concert Band, Peter brings a rare combination of outstanding musicianship, a down-to-earth understanding of the needs of an adult community band and a great sense of humour. Rehearsals with Peter at the helm are always highly enjoyable.