Musical Director

Gordon Coulson

Gordon was a professional musician in the UK, working in London as well as in bands touring various cities in the UK before moving to Australia in 1966.

In the late 1960s, Gordon moved to Sydney to join the ABC Training Orchestra before heading to the Elizabethan Theatre Trust Orchestra in the early 1970s. He also worked in RSL Clubs in and around Sydney.

Gordon returned to Adelaide in 1972, joining the Band of the South Australia Police. He left the band in the early 1980s to obtain his Bachelor of Music Degree and Graduate Diploma in Education at The University of Adelaide.

In 1982, Gordon won the position of Director of Music at Prince Alfred College, continuing his tenure there until 1996. He continued working for the Department for Education as a Mathematics TRT before retiring in 1998.

Outside of his duties as Musical Director for Payneham City Concert Band, Gordon continues to work as a musician in Adelaide and interstate.

Assistant Musical Director

Bridget Baker

Bridget began learning piano as a child, before taking up the flute as an adult. She also plays alto and tenor saxophones, as well as Bb and bass clarinets.

While Bridget has no formal training in conducting, her musical qualifications include an Associate in Music, Australia (AMusA) on flute and Grade 6 music theory from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).

In the late 1990s, Bridget ran a small junior band for the Monash Concert Band in Victoria, a community band previously known as the Waverley Concert Band. Taking the main band for rehearsals during the Musical Director's absences led to Bridget being awarded the Assistant Musical Director position in 2004. The band was also under her direction during the recruitment process after the Musical Director stepped down.

From 1996 to 2005, Bridget led the Victorian Flute Guild - Intermediate Group, a small ensemble of flautists who rehearsed once a month for performances in the Victorian Flute Guild Ensemble Competition as well as church Christmas concerts.

Bridget has been a valued member of the Payneham City Concert Band since 2009 within both the flute and saxophone sections, and was awarded the role of Assistant Musical Director in 2019. She also plays with the Adelaide City Concert Band and ARPA Orchestra, as well as with two small ensembles.
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