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Morgan Collens

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again…wow!

Check out how many people joined us for Open Rehearsal! We honestly can’t believe how amazing it felt to have a nearly full band hall once again.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the night, and we’re even very excited to report that we have new members who will be picking up their instruments once more and joining us on a regular basis! What better way to celebrate making it through what has been an incredibly difficult few years.

We can’t wait for our new members to join us at their very first concert later this year, stay tuned for details! (And, as always, thank you to the lovely Luke David Photography for the perfect group shot).

Open Rehearsal 2022!

February 5, 2022

Wow, what an absolute whirlwind of a summer season!

Thank you to everyone who came and supported not only our band, but also our community during Midsumma 2022. Now…we have a few important questions for you…

Do you play a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument?

Do you love playing in an open, accepting environment?

Do you want to play in a big 40+ member concert band?

Come along to the Melbourne Rainbow Band’s open rehearsal and try the band on for a night!

While new members are welcome at any time, the open rehearsal provides a great opportunity for players of woodwind, brass or percussion instruments who may be interested in becoming a member of the Melbourne Rainbow Band to sit in on rehearsal and meet the band.

Membership of the band is open to people of almost any musical skill level, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Band endeavours to cater to a wide variety of musical abilities and its members range in skill, from a basic ability to read music to professional musicians and educators. A scholarship is awarded annually within the band to encourage members who are developing their music skills.

We hope we see you there!

2022 Summer Season!

January 16, 2022

Summer Season 2022! We’re back! And boy do we have a busy line up planned for the summer of 2022. You can catch us at the following events over January and February as part of Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival: Midsumma Carnival Main Stage – 12:50 PM January 23 2020 (and find us throughout the day manning […]

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Carols by Queerlight 2021!

December 18, 2021

We made it!! What a way to celebrate the end of 2021, although it felt more like two years worth of celebrating wrapped up into one huge amazing night. Thank you to everyone who came and joined us for our sold out, yes SOLD OUT, show on Saturday the 11th. Your singing was amazing, and […]

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Carols by Queerlight 2021

November 11, 2021

Carol season is here and officially queer! Back by popular demand, Carols by Queerlight makes its triumphant return for 2021. Join the Melbourne Rainbow Band and our special guests Rachel Dunham, Trudi Camilleri and Justin Clausen as we kick off the silly season in style. Also returning is our seasonal choir – the CbQ Singers […]

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Through the Darkest Night (Finally!)

August 11, 2021

Well, we finally made it, and again just sneaking in before another pesky series of lockdowns. How amazing to finally be back in front of an audience – thank you to everyone who donned their masks and joined us as we journeyed through some mysterious pieces, through to the light on the other side. Thank […]

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Midsumma Pride 2021

June 3, 2021

Who knew we would be sneaking in another year of Midsumma Pride just before another lockdown! After a year of Zoom rehearsals and playing quietly to ourselves, the Melbourne Rainbow Band came back stronger than ever, and marched proudly down Fitzroy Street on the 23rd of May. Despite our concerns that it would be a […]

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Through the Darkest Night – 11 July 2021

May 11, 2021

Rug up and join the Melbourne Rainbow Band on winter solstice eve for our first live concert in over a year and a half! Hosted by community darling and all-round busy homosexual Dean Acuri and conducted by Tracy Videon, join us as we delve into the darkest night and then back out into the light […]

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Emerging from Chrysalis

May 10, 2021

We know you’ve heard it all before, but 2020 was one heck of a year. Here at Melbourne Rainbow Band, we are lucky enough to be part of a strong and resilient community and were able to stick together and continue to create some truly amazing memories despite the challenges. Originally commissioned for our 25th […]

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We’re Back!

April 20, 2021

Melbourne Rainbow Band is back and ready to perform! We are very excited to announce that we have weathered the storm of online rehearsals and have now fully returned to in person rehearsals at the Prahran RSL. Thank you to everyone who supported us during 2020, and to all our members for their constant enthusiasm […]

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