Bondi Brass

Welcome to Bondi Brass....

My name is Paul Goodchild. I started in the band when I was 6 yrs old while my father, Cliff, at that time , Principal tuba of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra  was conducting the community Waverley Municipal Brass Band .  The band has transitioned from 1959 into 'Bondi Brass' to keep up with the times .
"This could be your first day of a very rewarding career in music or just for your own enjoyment.
Read on and enjoy"....

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Bondi Brass@ABC Classic with Russell Torrance    Age Span: 6-82 years     Photo: Stephan Tillman 14th June 2022 - see ABC video below 

8am Fri 24/6/22 ABC Classic " Celebrating Paul Goodchild", Waltzing Matilda ! It us with Russell Torrance!  Listen from here   OR see video

Vale Paul Goodchild 1960-2022

Yesterday we lost a great friend, and Australia lost one of its preeminent musicians, with the death of Paul Goodchild.

Paul was a prodigious talent, joining the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of 18 and remaining an active member for 42 years, ultimately being appointed Associate Principal Trumpet.

Paul’s talent was widely recognised by Australian composers, many of whom wrote pieces especially for him, including Carl Vine, Ross Edwards, Barry McKimm, David Stanhope, Matthew Hindson, and Paul Stanhope. One of Paul’s proudest achievements was premiering Alan Holley’s Dopplers Web with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

To celebrate his 40th anniversary with the Orchestra, Paul presented William Lovelock’s Trumpet Concerto, a piece composed for John Robertson, a former SSO Principal Trumpet. Paul’s commanding performance of this piece was inspirational, and a fitting tribute to a former great Australian musician.

Paul commenced his playing career as a member of Bondi Brass (formerly Waverley Bondi Beach Band), a community group of musicians formed by his father, Cliff. Paul always valued the musical grounding the brass band afforded him and would often guest with the band for community events and concerts. Paul eventually took over from Cliff as the Music Director and held that position until his diagnosis in 2019.

Paul was deeply committed to music education, both as a Music Director and as a private teacher. He was also a Board Director of the Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival, founded by Cliff in 1962 and now the largest event of its kind in Australia with more than 350 ensembles and 11,000 students participating annually. The Festival was last held in a physical capacity in 2019 and Paul attended every day, assisting young musicians back stage despite being in some obvious discomfort, his diagnosis not yet having been determined.

Paul had an unquenchable love of life. He was a great raconteur, a wine connoisseur, a fantastic cook, and he loved his South Sydney Rabbitohs.

We are the poorer for his passing, but Australia is a much richer place for Paul having been with us, albeit for too short a time.

Paul is survived by his wife, Yvette, children Morley and Alana, and sister, Louise.

Pat Devery 

0417 664 472

Founders:                Cliff Goodchild OAM (Tuba SSO) Music Director:             Megan Lipworth  (Cond/Perc) President:                         Tomislav Ćuk   (Trom)    
Secretary:                       Logan Birchall   (Tpt/FrHrn)
last updated:   2022-01-05


To the premier community band of Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

The band is always looking for new players and new performance opportunities. Take a moment to read about us and our activities and then get in contact.

Bondi Brass – Keeping Music Live

Want to join the band  or passing thru Sydney & would like to play?

Logan Birchall, Secretary
Roy Hill, Asst. Secretary

Megan Lipworth, Musical Director
Tomislav Ćuk, President


Directions to Rehearsals
Tuesdays 7.30pm  Chevalier College 1 Roma Ave Kensington


Our last Xmas concert at Mary Immaculate Church, Waverley Dec 15th 2021 1hr


Full Extravaganza Concert Dec 2021 video production  by Pani.Karamanos (tpt) Modest Orchestra

Ukraine National Anthem

We started this  tuesday rehearsal 2022-03-15  with Ukraine's National Anthem...


Waltzing Matilda 2022 Langford click here for full ABC version