Warringah Brass is still based where it was founded in Terrey Hills on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. The band was established by the original Musical Director, Jack Saunders, in 1979 as the Terrey Hills Primary School Band. As players aged out of the primary school band it was obvious the next step was to introduce a senior band. In 1986 the bands were re-named Warringah Concert Brass. Through the years both senior and junior bands have missed very few national and NSW band championship since 1991. Both bands progressed through all grades to be regularly competitors in their respective A grades, both enjoying State Championship wins through the years. The bands regularly perform local concerts and have an important role in community commemorations and celebrations such as ANZAC Day and Australia Day.
In 2011 the junior band emerged from the junior grades to be a standalone senior C Grade Band which provided the opportunity for many players aging out of juniors to be retained within the Warringah fold. Hence the Warringah Community Brass was formed.
Jack Saunders is legendary within the local community as a teacher of brass instruments and band leader. Jack has been the recipient of local council and rotary community awards for his devotion to the teaching of music across the community.
Jack eventually passed the baton to his son John Saunders who has been associated with the band since its inception. John now directs both the Concert Brass, since 1999 and Community Brass since 2011. John’s wealth of experience as a championship Euphonium player and professional musical director (currently Director of Music of the NSW Police Band) ensures that that the bands will maintain their high standard and provide exemplary brass tutorage to many more players in the future.