Darebin City Brass

Darebin City Brass is a community-based group of approximately 80 musicians who strive to produce quality music and serve the people of Darebin in Melbourne’s Northern suburbs.  The three bands of Darebin City Brass (Preston Band, Northern Brass and Jack’s Juniors) cater for all ability levels, from beginner, to developing player, to the upper echelon of banding in Australia.

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Preston Band Preston Band, formed in 1934, are one of the most recognised contesting bands in Australia.  They are the current 4-time Victorian State A-Grade Champion Brass Band (2013-16).  The band also often features in the placings at Australian National Band Championships.  In 2015, Preston Band performed with the New Zealand Dance Company at the Melbourne Arts Centre in the Contemporary Ballet ‘Rotunda’.  In 2016, […]

Preston MD

Andrew Snell was born in Taunton, Somerset,  and after a less than successful spell of piano lessons, started playing trombone at the age of 10. After playing with the local town bands and county youth bands and orchestras he moved to Manchester to study at University College, Salford. After gaining a BA (Hons) in Band Musicianship he moved across the Pennines to take up the […]

Northern MD

As a performer, Jamie has travelled the world and is regularly engaged as a soloist and ensemble player in both commercial and community engagements.  Professionally, Jamie was employed by the Royal Australian Navy as a Trumpet player travelling to many countries appearing as a soloist in not only concerts, but also on several recordings.  During this time Jamie also gained extensive experience in wind band, […]

Preston Band

2017 Australian Championships
A Grade – 3rd Place

2013-16 Victorian State Champions
A Grade

Northern Brass

2009, 2014-15 Australian Champions
C Grade

2007 Australian Champions
D Grade

Latest News

2017 Nationals Results

2017 Nationals Results

Congratulations Preston Band. Winners of the Own Choice and March! 3rd overall in the A Grade. Great consistency over recent years – 3 placings in the past 5 years. Well done to all the other bands in A Grade, in particular to Central Coast Brass our friends at Footscray-Yarraville City Band. Official results:  http://www.nationalbandchampionships.com.au/open-brass.html Check out our Facebook Page for more photos and news from the […]

Rotunda Gallery

Rotunda Gallery

Snaps from performing at Rotunda 2015.

Christmas CD

Christmas CD

Darebin has a new CD, just in time for Christmas.  Featuring contemporary arrangements of well known Christmas songs.  For $15 a copy (plus $4 postage), it could make an ideal Christmas gift for someone you know. To order your copy, email secretary@darebincitybrass.com Alternatively, we will also have our CD on sale at Bandstand Sunday, November 6th at Fed Square, the Darebin City Brass annual Cabaret, December 3rd at the […]


Latest Events

Date/Time Event Description
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Bright Autumn Festival
Bright, Bright VIC

Darebin City Brass – Preston Band (MD Andrew Snell) are delighted to be involved in this year’s Bright Autumn Festival.

To celebrate the end of the Gala Day, bring along some supper and listen to the current 4-time Victorian State Champion Brass Band, in a Cabaret-style evening. Featuring themes from famous movies, such as Forrest Gump, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Gladiator, Sister Act and the James Bond series.

Tickets are available via trybooking, at the Bright branch of the Bendigo Bank and at the door. Adults $15, Concession $10.

Drinks are available at bar prices, with tea and coffee provided.

If there was ever a time to break free of the CBD and get some country and autumn feels now’s the time!

17/06/17 - 18/06/17
All Day
CD Recording

Our CD we recorded last year (Ding Dong Darebin on High) was awesomely awesome, fantastic and popular so we’re at it again!

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Trivia Night
Preston Town Hall, Preston VIC

No instruments, no performances, just a good ol’ fashioned trivia night, a side of drinks n nibblies, and a main course of lots of fun!

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Melbourne Staff Band Combined Concert

Stayed tuned for details!

Band:  Preston Band

19/08/17 - 20/08/17
All Day
2017 Victorian State Championships
Ballarat, Ballarat VIC

Preston Band and Northern Brass will be competing at the State Championships.