About Us

The Hobsons Bay City Band was first formed in 1996 under the name of the Wyndham Symphonic Band Inc (WSB). Starting from with a small group of dedicated musicians, it rapidly grew into a band of 20 that produced a strong, clear sound. Early rehearsals were held in various venues around the City of Wyndham until a suitable venue could be secured.

In March 1999 the Hobsons Bay City Council began a search to find a band that they could call their own and to represent the City of Hobsons Bay.

The former WSB won this bid and in 2000 was appointed the official Band for the City of Hobsons Bay. This appointment saw a change of name and uniform and gained the generous support of the Hobsons Bay City Council.

Regular performances are mostly held around the Hobsons Bay and surrounding areas and include a variety of functions from community events such as the Bayside Festival, Williamstown Festival, Laverton Festival, Summer Sounds Concert Series, and the Point Cook Sunday Craft Market. Other performances may include school fetes, entertaining residents in local nursing homes, and many more.

Members of the Band range from beginners to professional musicians aged from 7 to 70. Though the Band primarily consists of brass, woodwind and percussion players, everyone is welcome to join.

Committee Members 2016-2017

President:

Natalia Turkalj

Vice President:

Anna Hibbins

Treasurer:

Marc Mills

Secretary:

Lesley Robinson

Engagements Officer:

Evelyn Lewis

Librarian:

Brianna Wright

Players Rep:

Roger Lewis & Paul Fowler

Ordinary Members:

Ann Fairweather

Murray Smith

Musical Director : Lauren Erickson

Lauren Erickson, founder and owner of her flute company Erickson Flute & Ensemble LLC (www.EricksonFlute.com ), has been a semi-professional flautist for 25 years.  She has performed in Michigan as a featured soloist and in ensembles, including professionally in the Dearborn Symphony, Ann Arbor Concert Band, Schoolcraft Wind Ensemble, Michigan Flute Orchestra, and with the Black Orchid Jazz Quartet.  While in Michigan, she performs with local harpists and many other area professional musicians doing concerts, weddings and corporate events. She is the former musical director of the New Horizons Band of Canton and recently retired after 30 years of teaching private flute lessons in her studio. 

 

Lauren has also been dedicated to the promotion of music appreciation among her local community of southeast Michigan through various fraternal and national organizations.  These include the National Flute Association, Farmington Musicale, Sigma Alpha Iota-Professional Women’s Music Fraternity, Tuesday Musicale of Detroit and SEMFA (Southeast Michigan Flute Association) of which she is a founding member.  She has served in committee chair capacities, as master of ceremonies and as performer of music throughout the Metro-Detroit area with all of these organizations.  She actively performs in her own church functions at Plymouth First United Methodist and has been a guest performer at many other churches in southeast Detroit. 

 

Lauren currently resides in Williamstown for the next couple of years with her husband.  She has two daughters, Kelly who attends the University of Toledo and Linda who attends the United States Military Academy in New York. 

Assistant Musical Director :

Anna Hibbins