Goals of the band

  • to collectively promote the enjoyment and appreciation of brass band music within the community
  • to foster a positive and friendly culture for members and supporters of the Band
  • to promote the musical development of our players

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.

Executive / Committee Members 2023-2024

  • President: Vanessa Evans
  • Vice President: Bernard Gittins
  • Secretary: Ian Elliott
  • Treasurer: Merian Richardson
  • Assistant Secretary: Megan Hodsdon
  • Assistant Treasurer: Nadine Wilcher
  • Ordinary Committee Members: Greg Tracey, Derek Johns, David Sutherland
  • Librarian – Natasha Deasey
  • Property Officer: Building and grounds – David Sutherland
  • Property Officer: Instruments – Dean Channell
  • Property Officer: Uniforms – Dean Channell
  • Media Coordinator – Vacant
  • Fundraising Coordinator: Meredie Wright
  • Safety Officer: Derek Johns
  • Child Safety Office: Meredie Wright
  • Public Officer: Bernard Gittins
  • Junior Band Representative: Vacant
  • Patron: Jeff Markham
  • NSW Band Association Delegates: Phil Rees, Derek Johns

Senior Band Conductor: Phil Rees OAM

Deputy Bandmaster (Senior Band): Dean Channell

Intermediate Band Conductor: Megan Hodsdon

Beginner Band Conductor: Sarah Donoghue


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 by member from band for $20