City of Ballarat Council Comunnity Impact Grant Program 2017/2018 – Round Four

The City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band received a grant on the 12 June 2018 to purchase a Defibrillator for the Band Room from the City of Ballarat Council.

We wish to acknowledge the City of Ballarat Council for the grant and most importantly the opportunity to purchase an item that could and will save someone life.


Buninyong Avenue of Honour Centenary

On the 1st July, members from Ballarat, Ararat and Creswick and Beaufort marched together to celebrate the centenary of the Buninyong Avenue of Honour.

It was momentous occasion for the community, for which the Australian Army Chief- Lt. Gen. Angus Campbell was in attendance. The band was commended on their performance of Invercargill. A number of junior members of the Ballarat brass band even joined the march for their debut with band. march 2

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Heritage Weekend 2017

Heritage WeekendHeritage weekend this year was another successful play-out for Ballarat Brass. The band braved the lip-numbing temperatures to play to large crowds for another year. Thanks once again to players from Creswick for joining in the fun!


Band Appointments 2017

Band Appointments for 2017 are as follows:

Assistant Music Director- Bob Pattie
Drum Major- Lindsay Govan
Librarian- Bob Pattie
Property Officer- Andrew Mitchell
Media Manager- Jessica Hiatt
Assistant Media Manager- Chris Ducardus
Assistant Facebook Manager- Lindsay Govan

We look forward to an exciting year ahead. If you you have any suggestions, concerns or queries do not hesitate to chat to a friendly and hard-working member of the committee.

Meredith 2016

This year Ballarat Brass played at Meredith Music Festival for its 12th consecutive year. The Band created a wonderful full sound under the leadership of Troy Cheeseman.

Bass player/MC Jason White had the crowd energetic and ready to ‘Rock around the Clock’ at 10am. He even led them on a march around the hill whilst the band played HSB!

Meredith is always one of our favourite gigs and we cannot wait to (hopefully) return again with more surprises next year!meredith crowd-meredith crowd-meredith2

Sovereign Hill Shopping Night

On Friday the 2nd of December, Ballarat Brass enjoyed playing some Christmas tunes outside of the stables at Sovereign Hill. Many customers stopped to enjoy the sweet solos delivered by Troy, Bob and Tony throughout the night. They were even treated to a cheeky impromptu ‘Hokey Pokey’ during the interval.

Many thanks to players from Creswick and Memorial for coming along to help us out on the night. We appreciate the help and friendship you always offer!


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Ballarat City Brass Band to Play at Ballarat Show

Come and hear the band play at the Ballarat Annual Show this weekend on Sunday, 13th November 2016.  The band will be playing in the Rotunda near the main office from 10 am to 11.15 am.

NZ Artillery Band and Ballarat City Band Concert 6 Nov 16


The afternoon concert with the Kiwi’s went extremely well and everyone thoroughly enjoyed both bands.  The NZ Artillery Band were Excellent and their repertoire was both fun and full of great playing by individuals and the band as a whole.






NZ Artillery Band


Part of 200+ crowd

The Ballarat City Brass Band would like to acknowledge the support from Creswick and Ararat band members who help make it a very successful concert.  Also to Lynn Thorp for acting as our MC for the afternoon.


Tamara and Bob City Band playing Crazy as a Duet.


Lynn Thorp

The Royal Regiment of the New Zealand Artillery Band will be in Australia until the 13th November 2016.  They will be involved as the leading band in Melbourne on Remembrance day, replacing the Royal Australian Navy Band for this year.  We wish them all the best for the rest of their tour and thank them for allowing our band to be a part of their concert program.


ANZAC Spirit and Camaraderie Concert 6 Nov 2016

Come along and enjoy the combined bands of “The Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery and the Ballarat City Brass Band”.  The NZ Band are in Australia for 1 week and Ballarat is there first gig.  The highlight of their tour while in Australia will be Leading the Parade (in Lieu of the RAN Band) this year for the Remembrance Day Service in Melbourne on 11 November 2016.


October 2016

Well its been a while since anything was updated on the website, so I’ll give a brief update of the past few months.  Firstly our website manager Matthew Harris has departed Australia for a couple of years with his partner and are travelling to India to teach there.  We wish them well and may there journey be safe, healthy and full of exciting times.

My name is Chris and I am the Band Secretary and now the Web manager as well. My skills in this area are not as good as Matt’s but hopefully I will improve with time.  That’s one of the reasons for the long absence as I was to scared to add information to the page in case I stuffed up our web page.

Regrettably Mark Witham as our Music Director resigned in March this year.  He gave conducting away to concentrate on personal matters.  He is still a part of our band and  is enjoying life in a more relaxed manner with his new caravan and car.  We wish him all the best and thank him for his wonderful leadership whilst acting as the Band’s Music Director.  While under his directorship the band was improving rapidly and was looking at moving to C Grade.

With Mark’s departure as MD, the ever reliable Bob Pattie took over the MD duties until we were able to select a new MD.  We had a few applicants for the position and gave each applicant a night in front of the band to conduct three set pieces and any piece or pieces of their choice.  The end result was we welcomed Peter Gunn (ex Army musician and current member of the band) as the new MD.  Troy Cheesman, who only recently started coming to band rehearsals also applied for the job and was appointed as Peter’s Assistant MD.  Troy also was appointed the MD for the Training Band that he was keen to get up and running.

The Training Band is now going great guns with approximately 9 children coming along regularly on a Monday night.  So any budding musicians out there who are keen to learn a brass instrument are more than welcome to drop in on a Monday night.

In September Peter gave conducting away as he job prospects took him in another direction.  So in lieu of going through the process of advertising the MD position the committee offered the position to Troy.

Troy accepted the challenge and is quickly finding his feet as a Music Director as he has never done it before.  Bob Pattie is his assistant and is giving valuable advice and assistance while he gets settled in.

Troy has a wealth of practical experience and has been involved with a number of bands around Australia and in particular Victoria.  He has played with numerous A Grade Bands through to D Grade Bands.  His choice of instrument is the Flugel Horn but he is no slouch on the Bb/Soprano Cornet as well.

The band has stagnated somewhat with MD changes and players leaving the band over the year as well. Therefore the band elected not to compete in the Victorian State Championships this year.  The band also decided not to travel to Mt Gambier in November 2016. We won the C Grade  section last year in lieu of playing in D Grade.

Look forward to more info on the band in my next post.