About Cardinia Civic Concert Band

Cardinia Civic Concert Band is the premier band of the shire and we perform at a number of events, including:

  • Pakenham Show
  • ANZAC Day
  • Australian Citizenship Ceremonies
  • Carols by Candlelight

We also perform an annual concert at the renowned Cardinia Cultural Centre and hold a variety night at the Army Road Hall in Pakenham Upper. The variety night is always a lovely evening with a casual atmosphere and provides members with the opportunity to perform solo or in smaller groups as well as with the full band.

The band was originally formed in the late 1880’s and started out as a brass band under the direction of a drum major, but made the decision to change its instrumentation and became the Pakenham Concert Band, during the 1970’s. Towards the end of 1994, the Shire of Pakenham merged with surrounding suburbs to form the Shire of Cardinia and so the band changed its name, accordingly, to become the Cardinia Civic Concert Band.

We have grown into a diverse band, with a wide range of ages and skill levels, but we all share a genuine love of music. We draw on that commonality to give engaging performances and yet also provide a great environment for young musicians to make vast improvements, serving the community as best as we can.

Joining the Band

Whether you are new to music, an experienced player or have just picked up your instrument after a long break, if you want to join a band in your local community then the Cardinia Civic Concert Band is the perfect fit. We welcome players of all ages and levels of experience and, somewhere within our library of music, there’s a challenge for everyone!

First, come along to one of our rehearsals to see what we’re all about. Our rehearsals are held on most Tuesdays at 7:30pm at the Army Road Hall in Pakenham Upper. Check our calendar for more details and come and join in the fun!

Meet our Musical Director

We are very pleased to have Kim Thomsen as our musical director, a position which she has held since 1994. She would describe it as an honour, but the honour is all ours. Not only does she have a slew of qualifications, she has professional experience to match.

Kim’s career as a professional musician has spanned for over 27 years. As a performer, she spent 6 years in the Royal Australian Navy and was one of the first women ever accepted into the RAN band.

With the RAN band, Kim has been privileged to play on numerous occasions for members of the Royal family, including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. Kim has also performed alongside performers such as Kylie Minogue, Kate Cebrano, James Morrison and The Seekers, with performances in all major venues throughout Australia.

After departing the RAN, Kim became involved in musical theatre, where she has been the musical director for over 35 full-scale broadway theatre productions, including the renowned Mal Brooks production “The Producers” performed at the Malthouse Theatre.

Kim is a founding member of the Cardinia Performing Arts Company, Managing Director of NYD Academy of Performing Arts and is Head of Music at Chairo Christian School, Pakenham Campus. She is also a specialist examiner for VCE Music Performance and Music Composition and has held the position of Artistic Director for the Pakenham Carols by Candlelight since 2001.

Kim’s formal qualifications include a Masters of Music Studies majoring in conducting, a Bachelor of Music Industry (Performing Arts), Diploma of Education, Certificate 4 in Music Performance, Certificate 4 in Instrumental Music and she is currently working on a Ph.D. on the benefits of community music supporting children at risk.