History

Toronto and District Brass Band was formed in 1962 by Doug Treloar, with funds from the Toronto RSL sub-branch. In the mid 1970’s the band acquired instruments from West Wallsend Band. Subsequent conductors included Dennis Babbage, Ian Wilson, Michael Bell, Richard Anderson and Timothy O’Hearn.

In 1994, with help from Denis O’Hearn, the band acquired the Westlakes Music Centre as a regular rehearsal venue. This venue is now home to three local community groups; Western Lake Macquarie Concert Band, Stilling Street Choir, and Toronto Brass.

Toronto Brass has a strong contesting history and has had great success at regional, state and national level, taking out the Open B Grade Championship title on several occasions. Many individual solo titles have also been held by band members.

In 2017, Trish O’Hearn and Bronwynne Anderson, both Toronto Brass members and graduates of the Newcastle Conservatorium, worked towards the re-establishment of a junior training band. Catalina Brass commenced rehearsals in October 2017 and currently have 14 members. The committee are working on growing this group, both in numbers and capability.

The band actively contributes to the wider community, participating in ANZAC Day services at Speers Point Park, Teralba and Toronto, holding regular carols throughout December, and organising Bunnings BBQs and trivia nights. Toronto Brass regularly present an annual concert series at halls and clubs around the Hunter region.