2018 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 as well as a few boos from the Collingwood supporters!

We would like to thank all of our helpers for the day, particularly Joseph Yu for his arrangement of the West Coast song and Michael Mathers for leading the band as drum major.


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 organisation: Peter Caldwell, Robin Ford, the late Jack Kelly OAM and the late Fred Lenne.

Beer, wine and soft drink will be available from purchase from the bar, while tea and coffee will be provided free of charge. Please do not BYO drinks, however, feel free to bring along some food to eat during the night.

Tickets may be purchased from the trybooking website. Book a table before the 3rd of November using the promo code DCB2018 to receive 10% off the price.


Adult – $25

Concession – $20

Family – $80 (2 adults, 2 concessions)

Table – $220 (Up to 10 people)

Doors will open at 7pm on the night, with the concert beginning at 7:30pm.

For all updates on the cabaret, please follow the event on Facebook. Any queries about the event can be directed to the secretary: secretary@darebincitybrass.com

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 and Spring Street, down Wellington Parade to the MCG. For further event details, see the AFL website.

Both bands will also feature in the Victorian Bands League’s Bandstand Sunday concert. This annual event aims to promote banding to the general public through a free concert at Federation Square. Preston and Northern will join bands from across the state in what promises to be a fun day for all involved. Preston will be onstage from 12:35-1:05 and Northern will play from 2:15-2:45.

Northern defend title at Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod

or the second year in a row, Northern Brass has returned victorious from the Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod. The annual competition was held in Traralgon on the 16th of September.

Northern’s attendance this year marked the first performance with new musical director, Marc Nethercot. The band presented a rather traditional program, featuring old favourites “A Moorside Suite” and “Florentine March” alongside a much newer arrangement of Nicaea by the band’s own Jared McCunnie.

The band produced an enjoyable program to secure victory in the B Grade competition. The band is hoping to continue building upon their strong performances ahead of next year’s national championships.