The Arafura Wind Ensemble (AWE) Inc. is the only community concert band in the Top End.
AWE was established in March
1993, as a result of a community survey conducted by John Young, a musician,
teacher & resident of Palmerston (Northern Territory, Australia).
AWE's development comes from founding conductors, who include Christine Williamson, Brian Cramp and Geoff Carter. Stephen Pevely is AWE's current Artistic Director and Conductor, with regular support from guest conductor, Michael Loughlin.
Since its foundation, AWE has performed at many and varied venues and functions in the ‘Top End’, ranging from Government House, World Solar Car Challenge, ANZAC Day & Australia Day functions as well as Civic, school and community concerts. In February 2022, AWE showcased the 80th commemoration of the Bombing of Darwin with a musical tribute over two days. AWE then performed the Bombing of the Top End at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre in Katherine.
The Arafura Wind Ensemble comprises approximately thirty-five musicians who come together from all walks of
life to enjoy community music making. AWE provides an avenue for
all musicians in the Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield communities, to
play a wide range of music - from the classics
to Broadway, popular and traditional, jazz to marches.
The Arafura Wind Ensemble Inc. performs for the community,
corporate events and also in collaboration with other arts groups such as the
Darwin City Brass Band, the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and the
Australian Army Band Darwin.
Photograph: Julia Short