Goals of the band

  • To promote the enjoyment and knowledge of band music within the city of Orange and district
  • To foster good fellowship amongst members of the band
  • To teach and foster the enjoyment and participation of band music especially amongst young people

The Committee

The City of Orange Brass Band (COBB) is an incorporated community organisation.

Management of the operations and business of the band occurs through a committee which meets monthly and is elected annually at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM is held in August each year. Reports from the previous year are presented and elections are held for office and the committee.

Members, associates members, parents and guardians of junior members are encouraged to attend. All financial members of the band are entitled to vote. Parents or guardians of junior members of the band are also entitled to vote.

Current Committee 2021-2022

  • President: Vanessa Evans
  • Vice President: Derek Johns
  • Secretary: Ian Elliott
  • Treasurer: Merian Richardson
  • Assistant Secretary: Megan Hodsdon
  • Assistant Treasurer: Diana Smith
  • Band Representatives: Ian Barnes, Bernard Gittens, John Moss, Greg Tracey, Colin Young
  • Citizen Representatives: Meredie Wright

Non Committee Roles 2021-2022

  • Property Officer: Building and grounds – David Wright
  • Property Office: Instruments – Ian Barnes
  • Property Office: Uniforms – Dean Channell
  • Librarian – Natasha Deasey
  • Publicity Officer: Print – Diana Smith
  • Publicity Officer: Digital – Diana Smith
  • Safety Officer: Derek Johns
  • Membership Officer: Megan Hodsdon
  • Fundraising Coordinator: Meredie Wright
  • Events Coordinator: Ian Elliott
  • Public Officer: Greg Tracey

Senior Band Conductor: Phil Rees OAM

Deputy Bandmaster (Senior Band): Dean Channell

Intermediate Band Conductor: Megan Hodsdon


Senior band

The Senior Band rehearses at the band hall on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Please ensure you are seated, warmed up and ready to commence rehearsal promptly at 7.30pm.

If you are unable to attend a rehearsal, please inform the bandmaster.

If you will be unavailable for a future rehearsal, there is a clipboard behind the bandmaster where you may note this.

Beginner and Intermediate band

The beginner and intermediate bands rehearse on Wednesday from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.

There are two groups; one catering to those who have never played and the other to musicians approximately Grade 1 – Grade 3.

All ages including adult beginners are welcome. Please contact the Training Band conductor, Megan Hodsdon for more information. or 0447 663 808.


Members of the City of Orange Brass Band wear their uniforms proudly. We have two uniforms:


Gold and navy polo shirt To be purchased by member from band for $30
Navy blue skirt or dress trousers Member to provide
Black or navy socks or stockings Member to provide
Black covered school-style shoes Member to provide
White hat with blue band To be purchased from band for $20

Formal – ANZAC Day and other formal occasions

Navy blue Jacket Loaned by the band ($30 refundable dry cleaning deposit)
Gold tie Loaned by the band
Navy blue skirt or dress trousers Member to provide
White collared dress shirt Member to provide
Black or navy socks or stockings Member to provide
White hat with blue band To be purchased be member from band for $20