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We Make Great Music

We are a Brass Band, Community Focused, Based in Southern Sydney

Southern Brass, a fully owned affillate of Sutherland Shire Brass, is a non-profit, community brass band dedicated to providing opportunities for musicians to perform for the entertainment of others. We are based in Sutherland Shire in the southern suburbs of Sydney, Australia.

If you are visiting our site because you want to hire one of the best brass bands in Australia, then you have made a good choice. We are available for concerts, charity balls, weddings, marches or services - just about any event when exciting bold music is a requirement.

If you play a brass instrument or percussion and are interested in joining a band that is not old fashioned or boring, then you have made the right choice. Our standards and expectations are high, but we know you wouldn't have it any other way.

Sutherland Shire Brass is currently undergoing a major re-launch.

With the rich history and accomplishments of Sutherland Shire Brass, it was seen as fitting that it not wither and die, but be renewed, invigorated and re-launched. As such, if you play a brass instrument or percussion and are interested in joining a band that is no longer old fashioned or boring, then you are on the way to making a great choice.

Join us! Rehearsals are OPEN, INCLUSIVE, FRIENDLY, FUN, CHALLENGING. If you can walk, sit and breathe and have a desire to play with like minded, enthusiasic players, want to sharpen your skills, maybe learn new skills or just enjoy a group of people making magic happen, then come along. Rehearsals are held at our Hall at 77 Eton Street, Sutherland (near Park St).

Brief History

Southern Brass has its origins as St George District Band and for many years occupied a Hall at Hurstville that was demolished during construction of the Westfield Shopping Centre. The constitution defined the term 'District' as meaning the district of St George, embracing the Municipalities of Hurstville, Kogarah, Rockdale, Bexley and the Shire of Sutherland. At the Annual General Meeting held on 20th February 1953 at Electricity House, Hurstville the band became known as St George Sutherland Shire Band.

In 1961 Sutherland Shire Council granted land for a hall in Eton Street and the band continued to be known as The St. George Sutherland Shire Band until July 1973 when the name was changed to Sutherland Shire Silver Band. With incorporation in 2001 the name was changed to Sutherland Shire Brass. 

In 2000 Mr. Mark Brown, B. Mus.Hons., was appointed as the Musical Director and the senior ensemble competed in B Grade competitions. In the same year Mr Paul Rasmussen was appointed as Musical Director of the junior ensemble and the training band.

In 2001 the senior band achieved 2nd place in the State B Grade Championships. In June 2002 they gained 1st place in the A & B Grade Championship section of the East Coast Band Challenge held in Newcastle and were placed 2nd in the Open A & B Grade Entertainment Section. In addition, the Youth Band took 1st place in the Open C and D grade championship section and 3rd place in the Entertainment section.

Also in 2002 Sutherland Shire Brass won the Metropolitan Heat of the Battle of the Bands competition and later achieved first place in the final of that competition. In September 2002 the senior band won the NSW B Grade Championship held at Port Hacking and the Youth Band took 2nd place in the Junior A Grade competition.

In 2003 the junior and senior bands competed in the National Championships held at Newcastle . The seniors gained 1st place in the B Grade Marching competition under the direction of Mr.Rex Hoare, Drum Major and 2nd place in the on-stage section. The Youth Band also competed in the National Championships and achieved 3rd place in the Junior A Grade competition.

In the 2003 NSW State Championships the seniors achieved 3rd place in the B Grade competition and the juniors competed in the Open C Grade competition.

Note. This history is a work in progress. We seem to have lost so much. We seek anyone that can add to our knowledge of the band regarding it's history, achievements and past events. If you have photographs, score cards or just an anecdote to share, please contact us either by telephone or via email.

“Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.”

Sir Thomas Beecham

We Offer

Sutherland Shire Brass is a non-profit, community brass band dedicated to providing opportunities for musicians to perform for the entertainment of others. The Band provides a friendly environment and encourages the musical development of its players. Its two-tiered structure caters for players of different ages and abilities.

If you have an engagement or event that you feel would be enhanced by a band playing good music, then contact the Band Secretary via telephone or email.

Senior Band

Senior Band is the premiere ensemble of Sutherland Shire Brass and comprises all players over 19 years and Youth Band members of sufficient standard, under the direction of Andy Yule.

Junior Band

The Youth Band is for any player under 19 years of age who may play in a school band or other organisation but look to further develop their competencies as young musicians. This band is currently on schedule to start rehearsals and traiing in 2018, under the direction of Joel Nicolia.

“There won't come a time when you won't have to practice anymore.”

J. J. Johnson

Our Musical Directors

Andy Yule

Senior Band

Andy started to learn to play the Euphonium at the age of 8. He studied at the Birmingham School of Music (UK) and later became an Associate of the Royal College of Music London. Andy has won solo competitions in both the UK and Australia. He has led bands to wins at State, National and Area championships. Andy now leads ensembles throughout the Sydney and Sutherland Shire regions.

Joel Nicolai

Junior Band

Joel began learning trumpet in his primary school band at the age of 8, and soon after that he joined the ranks of the Sutherland Shire Brass Junior band. He has remained an active member of Sutherland Shire Brass since 2005. In 2012 Joel was accepted to study a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and graduated in March of this year. Over the years Joel has, and continues to, perform in a wide range of ensembles including Big Bands, Orchestras, and a German Oktoberfest quintet.

“When taking a shower, take a shower.
When playing trombone, play trombone.”

Old Zen Saying 

Memories of Gigs Gone Past

Some of our recent gigs

Sutherland Shire Brass performs at many events and occassions through-out Sutherland Shire and St George Municipality, including Anzac Day and Rememberance Day services, religious marches, Christmas Carols, concerts and playouts. In addition, Sutherland Shire Brass was active in the contest circuit, attending many contests and activities around Australia. This is a facet of the band that is being revitalised and re-started.

When ever there is an opportunity to gather together, play good music and have a good time, then Sutherland Shire Brass is always up to the task and you will find the members in great spirits and good cheer. Below are a selection of just some of the most recent and memorable events attended by Sutherland Shire Brass or the members

Anzac Day

On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. These became known as Anzacs and the pride they took in that name continues to this day.
Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing in Gallipoli – across the nation. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet to take part in marches through the major cities and in many smaller centres. 

Remembrance Day

At 11 am on 11 November 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. Today Remembrance Day commemorates and remembers all those who have died or suffered for Australia's cause in all wars and armed conflicts. The day is marked with services and a one minute silence is observed as a mark of respect.

Band Workshop

Musicianship takes development and practice. Workshops and rehearsals are run throughout the year to train, hone and polish the skills that lead to great performances. This was a typical Monday night rehearsal on the run up to a concert.

Dawn Service

Attending an Anzac day dawn service. A 4.30am start may sound adventurous, but the sun still has not risen, it can be bitterly cold and occassionally, damp. Stepping off on the march with the band in full swing on Colonel Bogey stirs the blood, and the spirits of the marchers and the spectators lift in time. Truely a unique Australian and New Zealand tradition to be appreciated by the whole family.

“Brass bands are all very well in their place - outdoors and several miles away.”

Sir Thomas Beecham