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DESTINATION MUSIC

Helen is a member of BMCB’s flute section (also percussion!) and has had a long association with the BMCB organisation. As BMCB Administrator she was responsible for planning some hugely popular concerts such as the 2017 “Best of the British” and 2018 “Out of This World” performances at the Springwood Hub. Helen shares her musical …

Destination Music

James has been a member of the BMCB trumpet section for almost ten years. Playing with the band is one part of his active and varied musical life: “I started learning the piano from age seven and only took up the trumpet after I left school, at about 19 or 20 years old. I am …

Destination Music

Pip – our flute-playing, auxiliary percussive member of the Blue Mountains Concert Band trumpet section – shares her experiences of playing music all her life: “I grew up with a lot of music around me from an early age since my mother was a music teacher who taught piano and violin at school. My first …

Destination Music

Meet some of our adult musicians! Listen to their thoughts and experiences of playing in a band: JILL – leader of our trombone section “I didn’t learn music as a child. I always wanted to, though, but coming from a family of seven children just after the War ended, money and time were pretty tight. …

Music for ANZAC Day 2021

A Commemoration Blue Mountains Concert Band and Mountains Youth Band have performed in public and private ANZAC Day Services for many, many years. This year, with the cancellation of Services in the Blue Mountains due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the bands have created two short videos of commemorative music in the spirit of ANZAC. …

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 …