Darebin City Brass

Darebin City Brass is a community-based group of approximately 100 musicians who strive to produce quality music and serve the people of Darebin in Melbourne’s Northern suburbs.  The three brass 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.


The newest band in our organisation, the Darebin City Jazz Orchestra, is made up of professional and semi-professional musicians who wish to participate in a larger jazz ensemble, with a focus on performing original compositions.


Darebin City Brass is proudly supported by:

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Preston Band Preston Band, formed in 1934, are one of Australia’s most distinguished A Grade bands.  They have been awarded the Champion Victorian State A-Grade Brass Band title on four occasions in recent years (2013-16).  The band has also featured in the placings at the Australian National Band Championships for three of the past five years.  In 2015, Preston Band performed with the New Zealand […]


Darebin City Brass – Preston Band have released 2 CDs. 2016 – “Ding Dong Darebin on High” Christmas CD.   Track Listing: Coventry Christmas, Christmas Song, Deck the Halls, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Little Drummer Boy, Midnight Sleighride, Carol of the Bells, O Holy Night, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, White Christmas, Gaudete and O Come All Ye Faithful.     2017 – “Darebin Strikes […]

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

2013, 2014, 2017 Australian National Bands Championships
A Grade – 3rd Place

2013-16 Victorian State Champions
A Grade

Northern Brass

2017 La Trobe Valley Eisteddfod B Grade Champions

2009, 2014-15 Australian National Champions
C Grade

2007 Australian National Champions
D Grade

Latest News

DCB Annual Cabaret: Last Night of the Proms

DCB Annual Cabaret: Last Night of the Proms

Purchase your tickets now for the 2017 DCB Annual Cabaret. Saturday 21st October, from 7pm at the Preston City Hall. Book your tickets via Trybooking Invite friends to this event via our Facebook Event page The theme for this year’s Cabaret is “Last Night of the Proms”. Featuring classics such as Pomp and Circumstance, Nimrod, Jerusalem, Fantasia on British Sea Songs and Rule Britannia. This event […]

Port Fairy Spring Festival

Port Fairy Spring Festival

On Saturday 14th October, Darebin City Brass – Preston Band will be performing for the first time at the prestigious Port Fairy Spring Festival. This year’s Festival theme is ‘Migrations’.  With several British immigrants featuring in the current line up of the band, not least MD Andrew Snell (pictured below), it seems fitting that Darebin will focus on the British brass band influence on Australian […]

Grand Final Parade 2017

Grand Final Parade 2017

Darebin City Brass were delighted to be invited to perform in this year’s AFL Grand Final Parade. The march started at the Old Treasury Building in Spring Street and finished at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. In front of a crowd of an enormous 140,000 people, the band led the Adelaide Crows players out and belted out their theme song to their passionate fans. Darebin perform regularly […]


Latest Events

Date/Time Event Description
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Darebin City Brass Annual Cabaret
Preston Town Hall, Preston VIC

Join Darebin City Brass for their major fundraiser concert, the Annual Cabaret. The theme for this year is “Last Night of the Proms”. See our news page for more information and to purchase tickets.

8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Darebin City Brass Annual General Meeting
Darebin City Brass Band, Preston Victoria

Darebin City Brass will host their Annual General Meeting at the Bandroom (Cnr. Mary & Cramer St, Preston). Life Memebers, current players and VIPs are welcome to attend.

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
2017 Christmas Concert
Preston Town Hall, Preston VIC

A fundraising concert, with all proceeds assisting members of Darebin City Brass: Preston Band to attend the 2018 New Zealand Band Championships in Blenheim. The night will also feature Darebin’s newest band, the Darebin City Jazz Orchestra.