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2021 Already Sounds Good

Mountains Youth Band and Blue Mountains Concert Band returned to rehearsal last night with hopes running high for a better year in 2021. We were delighted to welcome back a number of members who had taken a break from banding due to the pandemic. We were also excited to add some new faces to our …

It Felt A Lot Like Christmas

Blue Mountains Concert Band and Mountains Youth Band ended this unexpected year each with an informal concert for invited family and friends. For many members, it was the first performance before an audience in twelve months and constituted a welcome opportunity to put the pistachio back on, at a time when, normally, we barely take …

Banding Together Again

Blue Mountains Concert Band are making music together again … and loving it. Our temporary rehearsal space at Blaxland High School allows us to distance appropriately and has some impressive acoustics. We are back working on the repertoire from The Concert That Never Was, brimming with Latin rhythms and Disney charm. Welcome back, folks! New …

Back In … Pistachio

Blue Mountains Concert Band and Mountains Youth Band are back in rehearsal for Term 4, 2020. With our CovidSafe plan in action, we are sanitized to the gills and relishing the chance to make music together again at last. Well done to all members for adapting to the challenges of 2020 and for ensuring that …

Drumming For Our Lives

Tonight we ended a long and quiet winter by drumming up some fantastic rhythms thanks to percussion tutor, Jacob Cook. Mountains Youth Band members started the evening with an hour of cross-rhythms using djembes, toms, tambourines and agogos. Then the unofficial “BMAD” gang took a turn – that is, the Blue Mountains Adult Drummers. We …

BMCB Skeleton Track Initiative

To keep our band united and engaged during lockdown, BMCB has developed a “Skeleton Track” initiative to replace group rehearsals. A skeleton track is an audio file which combines MIDI sound and live recording to produce a rehearsal guide which other instrumentalists can play along with. For example, our skeleton track for “Latin Gold!” (arranged …

ANZAC Driveway Dawn Service

At 6am this morning, members of Blue Mountains Concert Band commemorated ANZAC Day from their homes and driveways by performing the Last Post and Rouse on their own instruments. BMCB have played for the Blaxland-Glenbrook RSL Dawn and Morning Services for approximately 30 years; to have to stay away this year due to the COVID-19 …

A Tricky Start to the Year …

(but we band onwards) Our Christmas 2019 season finished with two delightful events, the Rotary “Young at Heart” luncheon concert at Leonay Golf Club and the Combined Churches “Carols in the Park” in Glenbrook … a beautiful outdoor evening of music despite smoke-filled skies from the slowly encroaching bushfires. 2020 started with big banding plans …

Concerts Galore

The final months of 2019 have been busy! On 8th September, BMCB performed a Concert of Solemn and Sacred Music at St Finbar’s Catholic Church, joined by our guests Stringy Bach Chamber Ensemble. The beautiful acoustics of this space were complemented by the visual splendour of St Finbar’s new Window. On 13th October we were …

ABODA NSW Conductor’s Award

We knew he was good but ABODA has just confirmed it by making our conductor Garry Clark the 2019 joint recipient of the ABODA NSW Conductor’s Award at the Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival this month. Congratulations, Garry!