Artistic Staff

We currently have six core ensembles within the Canberra City Band group:
• Canberra City Band – our multi award winning senior wind symphony
• John Agnew Band – our award winning leisure band, aimed at players returning to music or who play primarily for recreation
• Canberra City Juniors – a band for players aged 5 – 15, to develop ensemble and leadership skills
• Canberra City Big Band – our award winning commercial big band
• The Hoffman Brass – a flexible, professional standard chamber brass ensemble
• The Hoffman Winds – a flexible, professional standard chamber wind ensemble
Greg Stenning

Greg has taken over the reigns for the Canberra City Band is currently preparing the band for the National Band Championships

Greg Stenning

Artistic Director

Steve Davison

Steve was born in Toowoomba, Australia and studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University in Brisbane, under the guidance of Mr. Thomas Coyle, Mr. Jason Redman, Mr. Ben Marks and Mr. Peter Luff. During his studies he achieved principle chairs in all ensembles he performed with, including Lead Trombone in the Conservatoire’s premier ensemble ‘The Con Artists’ under the direction of Mr. John Hoffman. In 2004 and 2005 Steven was given the opportunity to train with the Queensland Symphony through their Traineeship Program, providing excellent experience and exposure. Following his studies Steven moved to the United Kingdom and enjoyed a busy and diverse freelance career across the North, performing with Orchestra’s, Brass Bands, Chamber Jazz Ensembles and commercial engagements. Shortly after arriving in the UK, Steven was offered the opportunity to work as a sideman with Royal Caribbean International, on Celebrity Cruises and soon became a Musical Director with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line where he has spent the last five years. Throughout his busy and diverse career, Steven has worked with artists including James Morrison, Andy Bell (Erasure), Chita Rivera (West Side Story), Courtney Act (Australian Idol), Donald Cant (Australian Phantom of the Opera), Kate Cebrano, Rhonda Burchmore, John Morrison, Don Burrows, Kevin Hunt, Sharny Russell and John Hoffman. Commercial engagements have led to performance at Big Day Out (Australia’s premier alternative music festival), Durham International Brass Festival and tours across Australia. Steven is also an accomplished arranger, composer, copyist and transcriber. Primarily working in the cruise industry, he prepares charts for head-line entertainers and show band. He became the director of Spectrum at the start of 2017.

Steve Davison

Spectrum Director

Nielle Williams

Nielle Williams

Juniors Director

Simon Hukin

Simon Hukin

The Bone Project Director

Sarah Nielsen

Sarah Nielsen hails from the musically rich Northern Territory where she spent her formative years playing flute in youth orchestras, symphony orchestras and concert bands. A highlight during this period was performing with classical guitar luminary John Williams. In 1998 she won a Rotary scholarship to attend the Pan-Pacific Music Camp in Sydney, and in 2000 Sarah chose to attend the Canberra School of Music ahead of competing universities. Whilst at the School, Sarah completed four years of studies with Virginia Taylor (ACO, CSO) and Vernon Hill (LSO, MSO, CSO). Sarah wears many hats. She has just completed a degree in editing and publishing, and when she’s not at Greysen, she’s often out photographing musicians, bands and weddings! Her photos of Floriade have featured twice on ABC’s Stateline. Sarah is currently the manager of Canberra Music Tuition in Belconnen, and is also the newly appointed Music Director of Canberra City Band’s development band – the John Agnew Band.

Sarah Nielsen

John Agnew Band Director

Mike Butler

Mike Butler

Hoffman Brass Convenor

Sandra Cruikshank

Sandra Cruikshank

Sax in the City Convenor

Carly Brown

Carly has been a horn teacher and performer in the Canberra region since 1999, and am currently a Performance Teaching Fellow at ANU CSM, and Horn Teacher for several Canberra schools. She has several years experience in classroom music and incorporate musicianship and aural with my instrumental lessons. She has been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, The Gryffin Ensemble and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. I am currently a member of the Canberra Sypmhony Orchestra and RMC Band Duntroon, and also perform regularly for musical productions, orchestras, community bands and chamber music. She has recently pursued her passion for conducting, becoming the inaugural conductor of the Canberra City Young Band.

Carly Brown

Youth Band Director

Sue Bailey

Sue Bailey

Hoffman Winds Convenor

Mike Butler

Mike Butler

Masterclass Convenor

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

contact@canberracityband.com