Celebrating 140 Years in 2024

Waratah Brass – Newcastle is a community organisation and in 2024 we are celebrating 140 years of making music!

We are proud to be based in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area and while our name may have changed throughout our remarkable 140 year history, our organization, our passion and our music has endured.

We are actively engaged in our community, supporting local Anzac Day services, performing carols at Christmas, presenting a regular concert series at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, and participating in annual events such as the Bands in the Park series, Stroud Brick Throwing and the Music of the Guns concert in conjunction with the Australian Army Band Newcastle to name but a few.

We run two bands in our organization – Waratah Brass, a competetive A Grade brass band and Waratah Brass Academy Band, a competetive D Grade brass band.  We are also committed to laying the foundation for the future by running a weekly learners group to teach and foster our young musicians.

We are a member of both the Hunter Region Band Association and the Band Association of NSW.