Founded in 1905- Wellington Brass has grown as a respected cultural asset to the Wellington Region, serving the "coolest little capital in the world" for the past 110 years.
Wellington Brass Band is a metropolitan arts organisation performing in Wellington's vibrant arts scene regularly in many shapes and forms, we have a varied and innovative programme of concerts and outreach initiatives.
Founded in 1905 the original name of the band was the Wellington Corporation Tramways Band. A move to the band's current location in Ngaio in 1960 saw the band become the Onslow Brass Band. Then in 1998 to better reflect its standing as Wellington city’s premiere band the band became Wellington Brass.
Today, the organisation includes three active bands. Wellington Brass, the premiere band. Capital Brass, a social band, and Wellington Brass Youth Band. Wellington Brass is under the artistic leadership of current Musical Director David Bremner, the band continues to make its mark on the new century whilst maintaining its great traditions and continued quest for musical excellence. With over 110 years of proud history, the band has built a first class and formidable reputation for highly entertaining concerts, but more importantly the band has learnt to adapt to the times. In 2013 Wellington Brass organised the inaugural Oktoberfest: The Bavarian Showdown on Wellington’s waterfront which was attended by thousands of Wellingtonians. The band has a highly active involvement in music education and teaching in the community, performing at many primary schools each year to promote and encourage kids to get involved in music.
The band has many notable triumphs to its credit in the highly competitive contesting field, including six NZ National A Grade titles in 1969, 1981, 2013-2015, 2016 and 2018. In 2013 saw the completion of the band’s dramatic rise from the 'B Grade' in 2008, to National 'A Grade' Champions. This rise with back to back wins has firmly established Wellington Brass as the premier brass ensemble in the Wellington region and New Zealand. Currently the band are Australasian Champions holding the Australian title from contesting early 2018 in Melbourne.