The Band

Canberra City Band was established in 1925 and has a long standing history as the band of Canberra. We are the official band of the Territory and are Australia's longest continuous concert banding organisation. Our ensembles boast a sparkling reputation for quality and community, and have an outstanding history in competition and performance.

Regardless of your level, we want to hear from you. We are always keen to take on new players, and make every effort to provide a friendly atmosphere. We play for a variety of community events throughout the year: if you can't come and play, have a listen!

The Vision

Canberra City Band Inc. aims to provide pathways through music to everyone, regardless of age, capability, or musical preference. We offer a range of ensembles catering to people from eight to eighty; providing musical development, community, and performance opportunities to the freshest beginner and the seasoned professional alike. We have become part of musical landscape in the ACT. and would hope to be part of shaping it for the future of community music.

Due to the range of ensembles offered by CCB Inc, we are able to cater for those musicians wanting to pursue the highest standards of performance to those just wanting to come along and have a go!

The People

CCB is an inclusive organisation. We embrace people of all ages, outlooks, and from all walks of life. Our membership is diverse, representing the best the ACT has to offer, united by the desire to make music. If you have an interest in making music in a supportive, community setting be sure to drop us a line!

The Band is staffed entirely by volunteers. Our artistic staff are amazing musicians and music educators, committed to giving back to the community.

The Organisation


CCB is committed to developing the Australian artistic landscape, and offering pathways for artistic development to all citizens of the Territory. We offer a diverse range of programmes to supplement our core performance activities.


The Band has been operating since 1925, and has racked up a few memories in that time. We've published a book of our history and offer a selection of highlights here online. We also maintain an archive at our premises.


CCB is dedicated to our community. We give back at every opportunity - performing regularly for charity and community events and offering free public concerts. We also invest in the development of the arts landscape.

Artistic Staff

Richard Mason - Canberra City Band MD

Canberra City Band is very excited to have appointed Richard as our new MD for 2017. He will offer a wealth of experience to the band both as a renowned performer and conductor. He is an accomplished and versatile artist who has performed extensively in Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom. His professional experience encompasses orchestral and chamber music; music theatre; broadcasts for radio; recording film scores; and performances in festivals including the Melbourne International Festival. Richard is also highly active as a chamber musician, and has premiered numerous new works by leading Australian composers.Richard’s qualifications include a Master’s Degree in clarinet and bass clarinet performance from The Victorian College of the Arts, a PhD from the University of Melbourne and study in Amsterdam with the renowned bass clarinet virtuoso Harry Sparnaay. Richard’s current research interests include 20th century wind music, instrumental teaching pedagogy and performance practice. Richard was formerly a sessional lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Now living in Canberra, Richard is looking forward to his involvement with the Canberra City Band.

Steve Davison - Canberra City Big Band MD

Steve, originally from Toowoomba, is a professional trombonist and arranger, now living in Canberra. As Musical Director for Canberra City Big Band, Steve aims to promote and encourage the big band scene in Canberra. Outside of Canberra CIty Band, you will find Steve dancing around on stage with Big Boss Groove, Baker Boys Band and heading up the trombone section at RMC, playing lead with the Big Band. He also directs and runs CBR Big Band and Back Deck Entertainment, producing live entertainment for corporate events. Before moving to Canberra, Steve was bobbing around in the ocean for 6 years, as Musical Director and commercial sideman with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Fun fact – he’s travelled to 76 countries!
Sarah Nielsen

Sarah is a professional flautist and music educator. She assumed the directorship of JAB in 2013 and has driven a substantial increase in membership and improvement in quality through her tenure.

Sarah Nielsen

John Agnew Band Director



Consisting of seven elected members of the organisation, the Committee is reponsible for the day to day operations of the Band


CCB's Patrons act as ambassadors and advocates for the band in the community. The current Patron is Ms Margaret Reid.

CCB is one of Australia's oldest and most highly decorated concert bands. Canberra City Band was established in 1925 and has a long standing history as the band of Canberra. Regardless of your level, we want to hear from you! We play for a variety of community events throughout the year and if you don't want to play, feel free to come have a listen.

49 Phillip Avenue, Watson, ACT, 2604

+61 4 51070990