In 1984 four musicians got together at the Hall Village primary school to play some brass music. From those humble beginnings came the Hall Village Brass Band.
Over the years the band grew both in numbers and stature within the national brass band community, winning the National Band Championships B Grade Brass category in 2002. The band and its successors have become an important part of the cultural community of the ACT and regularly provide music support for a wide variety of functions and occasions.
In 2012 the organisation changed its name to Canberra Brass Inc., which now comprises three brass bands, Canberra Brass, which is highly competitive at the national B grade level; Victoria Street Brass, which provides playing opportunities for musicians with a wide range of skills and experience; and the newly formed and very dynamic Canberra Youth Brass.
Another part of the musical family is the very active Canberra Brass Quintet. These ensembles are available for community and private event performances, and play a wide range of music from many different styles and eras.
Albert Hall 2012
Eastern Australia Brass at the Menin Gate, 2014
Canberra Brass Inc. also comprises a touring band, Eastern Australia Brass, which draws on Canberra Brass members and invited musicians from many other musical organisations both local and interstate. Eastern Australia Brass made highly successful tours of France in 2005 and France and Belgium in 2014. There is a very close relationship with the Orchestre de Cuivres d'Amiens (the Brass Band of Amiens).