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

Marc Nethercot’s musical career began when he started to play the recorder at the age of six – it got him out of the cold and rain at lunchtime while at school in Leicester, UK. About a year later a trombone was pressed in to his hand and Marc was soon sucked in to a brass band; a lifetime obsession. Marc made his way through […]

Preston Band

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

2013-16, 2018 Victorian State Champions
A Grade

Northern Brass

2017-18 La Trobe Valley Eisteddfod B Grade Champions

2009, 2014-15 Australian National Champions
C Grade

2007 Australian National Champions
D Grade

Latest News

2018 AFL Grand Final Parade

2018 AFL Grand Final Parade

Darebin players featured in the 2018 AFL Grand Final Parade. A combined band made up of players from Preston and Northern led the West Coast Eagles from Parliament House down to the MCG. Despite the rain, it was a great day. Everyone involved had a great time playing for such a large crowd. There were plenty of cheers from West Coast fans in the crowd […]

Darebin City Brass Annual Cabaret Concert

Darebin City Brass Annual Cabaret Concert

Our annual cabaret concert will be held on the 10th of November at the Preston Town Hall. This year’s event will feature performances from all three of our bands, including the Jack’s Juniors in their first performance with new director, Hannah Trewartha. This year, the Cabaret will celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions made to the brass banding movement by four legends of our […]

Upcoming public performances for Preston and Northern

Upcoming public performances for Preston and Northern

We have a busy month ahead for both bands, with two opportunities to see players from Preston and Northern performing at upcoming public events. This Friday, the 28th of September, a combined band featuring both Preston and Northern players will march through the city at the AFL Grand Final Parade. The band will be leading the West Coast Eagles from the corner of Collins Street […]


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