The Band wishes to develop an integrated Music Drama with video elements, exploring the nature of the modern hero and their rise in response to the depredations of the modern age. Inflected with humour after Aristophanes, the production will attempt to reveal the modern hero – stripping away the popular conceit of heroism and illuminating the truly heroic, which may be found in perhaps the least predictable places. The work will draw on elements from modern history, popular culture, drama, art music, interactive entertainment, and literature to create a picture of the heroes the world has and those it requires. The production will last between one and two hours, and will incorporate musical influences including Elliot Carter, Phillip Sparke, Jeremy Soule, Harry Gregson-Williams, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Koji Kondo, Joe Hisaishi, Jan Van Der Roost, John Mackey, Morten Lauridsen, and Eric Whitacre.

As part of the organisation's ongoing masterclass series Spectrum Big Band recently welcomed renowned Australian musician, composer and band leader James Mustafa to lead a masterclass in big band technique. James introduced the members to an exciting new approach to jazz orchestra performance, and took them through a number of his own works. These pieces, at the forefront of Australian jazz, are exciting and challenging. A number of them have since found their way into the band's repertoire. 

We look forward to inviting James back, and continuing the organisation's masterclass programme.

Earlier this month CCB welcomed a strong year 12 cohort to our inaugural open rehearsal evening for school leavers. Part of the organisation's commitment to providing pathways through music for people of every age and capability, this programme aims at building links with music education institutions. Year 12s from the Instrumental Music Program of the ACT (IMPACT), other public music programs, and a number of private schools  were in attendance, playing with the two senior concert bands. This provided them with the opportunity to experience playing with an A grade champion concert band for the first time. 

Positive feedback was received from all involved and we plan to run this event as a regular fixture in coming years.



The Band organisation came together in spectacular fashion, in mid-September. In partnership with Floriade, the band put together a day long spectacular concert on Stage 88. The day began bright and early with the organisations two newest concert bands: the Canberra City Juniors and Canberra City Youth Band. These young ensembles feature some excellent players, many appearing for the first time in public.

Following the kids was one of CCB's flagship chamber ensembles, the Hoffman Winds, who played with fine style. They were succeeded by a spectacular, Spanish flavoured, performance from the City Band.

Fresh from their success at the New South Wales State Championships, the Hoffman Brass put their best foot forward, and were followed up by the sizzling excitement of Spectrum Big Band and its small Jazz Ensemble. To round out the day, the John Agnew Band wowed the crowd with a selection of challenging popular favourites under the baton of guest conductor, Mister Peter Shaw. 


Postcards: A Musical Journey


Come and enjoy all of the ensembles of Canberra City Band Inc in performances under the title Postcards: A musical journey from around the world.

If you love latin, classical, swing or pop then you will not be disappointed.

‘Postcards’ will comprise two concerts:

  • The first from 4.00pm – 6.00pm will comprise the wind ensemble, concert bands and ensembles of the Canberra City Band.
  • The second from 7.30pm - 10.00pm you can eat drink and dance the night away with the 20 piece ‘Spectrum’ Canberra City Big Band.

Music will also be provided by small jazz and classical groups of the Canberra City Band between 6.00pm and 7.30pm for those that want an earlier dinner.

To book, visit:

Cost is $15 per adult and $10 per child or concession (ticket covers all music on the day). 

Diner and Show tickets include your choice of a Rump Steak, Chicken Schnitzel or Battered Fish served with chips, salad and gravy. from Knuckles Restaurant   

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.

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