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Aberdeen University Concert Band

Aberdeen University Concert Band and Wind Band play a wide variety of music leading to our end of term concerts. Recently we have performed in both the Music Hall and the Beach Ballroom to large audiences. We perform a range of repertoire from classical music, to film scores and much more!


What's new with the society

Upcoming Concert

Join the Aberdeen University Wind Band and Concert Band for a celebration of British music. Featuring classics from Elgar and Walton, to the Beatles and film scores, look forward to an evening of well-known tunes from around the British Isles!
Tickets: Adult £10 / Concession £7 / Student £3
More information available on our Facebook Event Page

The Concert Band Fundraising Ceilidh was a fantastic night and thank you to everyone involved in organising it and thanks to everyone who came along! Overall it was a great success with a raffle, bake sale, live ceilidh music and even some magic. Hope to see everyone again next time!

Recent Ceilidh

An Overview of Last Year (2016/2017)

The last academic year was an eventful one for the band. Under the direction of Masters Conducting student Jack Christie, and 3rd year Music Education student, Ashley Edwards, the band performed two stunning concerts. The first concert was held in St Machar’s Cathedral. The Wind Band programme consisted of wind band classics, including Holst’s Suite in Eb, and Peter Graham's Cry of the Celts. The Concert Band played some more popular pieces, such as a Disney Suite, and the Big Country. In the second semester, the band had the pleasure of playing in the Beach Ballroom, drawing a large audience of over 400 people. The Wind Band played a set of orchestral classics, such as Jupiter and Mars from the Planets Suite, and the finale from Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony. The Concert Band set was made up of popular media favourites, including music from Mary Poppins, Phantom of the Opera, and How to Train Your Dragon. The Band is looking forward to another eventful year of playing two exciting concerts. Hope to see you all at the concerts!

George Stokes (Social Secretary/P.R.)

The Upcoming Year

We are currently in the middle of semester, working through rehearsals on Tuesday evenings in the Butchart building in the University of Aberdeen leading up to our final concert of the year on March 25th, 2018 in the Beach Ballroom, conducted by Ashley Edwards.

About Us

Want to join us?
If you missed the 'Come-and-Play' event during Fresher's week, feel free to contact us below and ask about joining for a fresh semester in September 2018!

Wind Band

Wind Band is an auditioning ensemble.
Rehearsals are on Tuesday nights in the Butchart Building from 6pm-7:30pm

Concert Band

Concert Band is a community band which is open to all players without audition.
Rehearsals are on Tuesday nights in the Butchart Building from 8pm-9:30pm


The team that keep things running

Ashley Edwards, Conductor

Ashley Edwards

Rebecca Smells

Rebecca McKinley

Liam Dyker, VP

Liam Dyker
Vice President

'I am the conductor of AUCB – Aberdeen University Concert Band and Wind Band. I am delighted to be back for my fourth year with the band and second year as conductor, it is a delight to work with such enthusiastic musicians. My aim is to make every rehearsal fun and rewarding whilst providing a keen sense of achievement. I am very much looking forward to the exciting year ahead. If you are interested in joining our AUCB family do not hesitate to get in touch.'

'This is my fourth year in the band and as a History student, it’s exciting to be President of such a large university music ensemble in my final year. The Concert Band is a great way for both music students, and non-music students alike, to have fun playing varied repertoire, alongside members of the wider Aberdeen community. An incredibly friendly group of people, the band has gone from strength to strength since I first joined, and we hope to continue that trend this year!'

'I have particularly enjoyed playing in the Aberdeen University Concert Band this year, as it gives experienced and inexperienced players a chance to play challenging, exciting and enjoyable music at the same time. Thus, I am rather looking forward to taking on the role of Vice-President, supporting Rebecca McKinley as President, and making this coming year a success all round. There are some great things planned this year, with concerts and potential workshops lined up, which should be good fun for the whole band. I may only be going into my second year at university, but as the band are so warm and welcoming, I feel as if I have fit right in. I know that this year will be as good, if not better, than last!'

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Committee Photo

The Committee 2017/18

President - Rebecca McKinley
Vice President - Liam Dyker
Secretary - Rebecca Gourlay
Treasurer - Sam MacDougall
Social Secretary - George Stokes
Librarian - Tammie Jack
Assistant Librarian - Joy Smith
Ordinary Member - Ian Christie
Ordinary Member - Kelsie Murphy

Contact Us!

Drop us a message, or email


Butchart Recreation Centre
Butchart Centre, University Rd, Aberdeen AB24 3UT


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Main Email:

Rebecca McKinley, President

Liam Dyker, Vice President

Rebecca Gourlay, Secretary