Community Banding is alive and well in the City of Darebin!


5 May, 2019

Community banding is alive and well in the City of Darebin!


Over 60 brass musicians representing Darebin City Brass have returned from a successful campaign at the Yamaha Australian National Band Championship held in Brisbane over Easter.

Both senior bands performed magnificently with Preston Band (Open A Grade Brass) led by Musical Director Andrew Snell winning the ‘Own Choice’  with a stunning performance of Oliver Waespi's Hypercube to place fourth overall. Preston Band was the highest placed Victorian band in the Championships. Northern Brass (Open B Grade Brass), under the newly appointed Musical Director  Marc Nethercot, handled themselves admirably placing twelfth in a hotly contested field of sixteen.

Success also followed individual members of Darebin City Brass.

Jarrod McCunnie, an up and coming composer, had a number of his arrangements and compositions performed over the weekend. The highlight was his original work ‘Vengence’ being commissioned as the D-Grade test piece.

Darebin City Brass currently has a monopoly over outstanding Baritone Horn players. Jessica Crabbe is the reigning Open National Baritone Champion and Will Leslie won the Junior Baritone section. Llewelyn Morris was narrowly pipped by 1 point for the Open Tenor Horn title.

Darebin City Brass Youth program has undergone some changes, with a restructured beginner program and a newly established Youth Band. The revamped programs are under the musical direction of Hannah Trewartha and Andrew McAdam. All budding young musicians are very welcome!

For further information about your local community brass band and all media enquiries contact:

Andrew Rollason


Darebin City Brass