Canberra Brass

Canberra Brass (formerly the Hall Village Brass Band) is a long-established part of Canberra’s quality music scene. It presents highly entertaining music drawing on the flexibility in style and repertoire available to a leading contemporary brass band.


Formed in 1984 in Hall and now based at the Canberra City Band Hall at Watson  it performs at many events and concerts in Canberra and surrounding districts. Over the last decade it has won contests at the State and national level.


It owes much of its success to the early musical leadership of Tom Russell, Les Alley, Stan Galloway, Les Smith and Peter Robertson, and more recently, musical directors Thomas Burge, Aaron Madden and Colin Fischer MBE. Its current musical director is Viv Martin.


For more information about joining or hiring the band, please see the Contact Us page.


Listen to the band: Mack the Knife   Paganini Variations – Philip Wilby    Moorside Suite – Gustav Holst

On Sunday 11 November 2018,  the centenary of the Armistice which ended the First World War,

Canberra  Brass performed at the National Carillon accompanied by carillonist Thomas Laue.  The band was set up in the carillon deck with sound electronically mixed and projected with the bells- something special for a special occasion

A contingent of Canberra Brass performing Sean O'Boyles River Symphony  with Canberra Capital Orchestra 

(photos courtesy of Peter Hislop)

Canberra Brass in national band contest mode

Canberra Brass on stage with vocalist Pippa Murphy