City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band

Those magnificent folks in their almost-flying machine.

Now over 125 years old, and a popular fixture at Meredith since 2005. Starting with a march through the campsite, incorporating the Bugle Corp, then onto stage for a romp through old and new hits like Gonna Fly Now (Rocky theme), Bob The Builder, maybe something from Queen and a contemporary hit or two.

With a steady membership sitting strong around the 30 mark, the band took out first place in their grade at the 2013 Victorian Brass Band Championships.

Here is an update from 2022:

The Ballarat City Brass Band was affected by the covid lockdowns with the lack of rehearsals.  Like everyone we adapted and did online rehearsals and also put together a music video of the band playing a march. All recorded individually by members of the band. Fortunately for the band our membership has increased to a combined total 49 players during covid. 

We have recruited quite a few new members and have put on a concert this year in St Patrick’s Cathedral.  We did the annual Heritage festival in May for the Ballarat City Council. Bugler support as well as the Vietnam Veteran Service in August. On Saturday 19 November the band attended the Blue Lake Festival and marched in the Christmas Parade in Mt Gambier SA.  The band also competed in the Brass Band competition in the afternoon. We were very successful this year, winning D Grade, Stage March, Best Band in Christmas Parade and also Band of the Year. 

Our training band is going great guns. We now have six playing regularly in the senior band.

Our Music Director is Jason White. Be prepared for some antics again from him. You never know what he might do or say!!!!!! 

Chris Ducardus
Secretary, City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band

Here is some footage from 2008:

Here’s a couple of photos: