History of the Band

The band was formed in 1959 under the guidance and direction of Reg Bishop OAM and was known as the Chatswood District Band.
In 1961 Councilor R. Dougherty secured funding for the band through Willoughby Council and the Band changed its name to the Willoughby Municipal Band. In 1971 Peter Walmsley OAM took over as musical director of Willoughby Municipal Band.

Willoughby City Band was the leading Senior and Junior A Grade combination in NSW for over 25 years. In the NSW contesting field, the Senior Band has won the Championship 19 times and been second on four occasions, and the Juniors have been victors at 23 contests and runners up thrice. At a national level, the Senior Band has won four titles with numerous second places, while the Juniors have won 22 times.

As well as attending every major competition in Australia, the band has competed with distinctionin New Zealand on three occasions, being runnersup in 1990, and in 2001, the Junior Band won New Zealand’s Open C Grade Championship.
In 1992 Willoughby City Band travelled to Tokyo, Japan, on a highly successful concert tour as part of the Willoughby Council ‘Sister City’ cultural exchange.
Since 1973, the Willoughby Band has had a successful concert series, and performs regularly at civic functions and corporate events. The band has also recorded on numerous occasions and has been featured often on ABC radio.

Willoughby Band prides itself on its musical excellence. A feature of the band’s history has been the success of its players in solo competitions and the very high rate of players who now perform in professional orchestras in Australia and overseas.

Next Concert Sunday November 5 2017:
Spring into Summer
July 17, 2017 by No Comments
Past Event:
Carols in Willoughby Park
December 2, 2014 by No Comments
Past Concert: Willoughby Remembers September 5, 2014 by No Comments
Bunnings BBQ Funraiser May 4, 2014 by No Comments
Previous Concert: Brass on Broadway October 9, 2013 by No Comments
NSW State Solo Competition June 30, 2013 by No Comments
Past Event: Youth Workshop May 6, 2013 by No Comments
Past Concert: Across the Pacific May 2, 2013 by No Comments
Past Concert: Premiers in Brass March 1, 2013 by No Comments

About the band

Willoughby Band is an A-grade brass band including both an open age and a youth band. The band draws on players from throughout the Willoughby community and beyond.