Formed in 1905, the band's original name was the "Wellington Corporation Tramways Band".
For over 50 years the band retained close links with the tramways staff (many were playing members) and its practice rooms were a hall adjacent to the Newtown tram sheds.
The band moved to its present location at the west side of the Ngaio Railway Station, off Collingwood Street in 1964. At this stage it had recently changed its name to Onslow Brass Band. The Ngaio hall had been built by local Returned Services Association members and the band was eventually able to first, acquire the building and then, second, buy the land. After many years of fundraising a new band room was built and this was officially opened by the Mayor of Wellington, Ms Kerry Prendergast, on Saturday 5 April 2003.
The next major milestone was when the band accepted an offer of sponsorship from the "Evening Post", Wellington's premier newspaper. This was a very happy association for both parties. In 1981, in recognition of The Evening Post becoming the band's principal sponsor, the band adopted it as part of its name: The Evening Post Onslow Brass Band. In 1988, after consultation with The Evening Post, the band changed its name to The Evening Post Wellington Brass Band, to better reflect its position as the city's sole brass band, and the Wellington Region's only A-Grade band.
With the merging of the Evening Post and The Dominion newspapers in 2002, Wellington Brass began the search for a new principal sponsor. Early in 2004 the Band secured the support of the Pelorus Trust and immediately took the name Pelorus Trust Wellington Brass Band. In conjunction with the new sponsorship and other initiatives in place Pelorus Trust Wellington Brass is intent on firmly re-establishing itself as an Icon of Wellington, and the premier Brass Ensemble in the region.
The senior and youth bands have 65 playing musicians, consisting of both students and working professional ranging in age from 9 to 69. The majority of players are amateur musicians, although many undertake extensive musical training. As a band our objectives are to:
- Promote music in the community
- To perform brass and percussion music to an A-Grade standard
- The training of youth in musicianship
- The promotion of New Zealand music
- To proudly represent the City of Wellington, both home and abroad