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Open Rehearsal

February 24, 2020

Thursday 12th of March.

We are once again holding an open rehearsal. Get your instrument out of the closet and give us a try.

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 a rehearsal and meet the band.

Melbourne Rainbow Band in rehearsal at the Prahran RSL Hall, Prahran Victoria. - musicians of a concert band in rehearsal

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.

The open rehearsal will be held in the Prahran RSL Memorial Hall, High Street on Thursday 12th of March 2020.

For more information email

Date/Time: Thursday 12 March 2020 – 7:00 pm, for a 7:30 pm start
Venue: Prahran RSL Memorial Hall
301 High Street, Prahran

Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful gardens at Forest Glade, Mount Macedon with other members of Melbourne’s gender and sexually diverse community.

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Pack a picnic rug and go all out with your most gourmet of picnic hampers and enjoy lunch in one of Australia’s finest private gardens, only an hour from Melbourne.

GLIBTQ car club, Motafrenz will be there with some cars on display. And the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and the Melbourne Rainbow Band will be adding a musical touch while you take leisurely strolls through the fourteen acres of magnificent landscaped gardens.

Located on Mount Macedon Road, gates will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, January 26. Entry is $10 for adults and kids are free. Proceeds go towards supporting the Chorus and the Band.

In order to keep these spectacular gardens looking just so, BBQs and pets are not permitted.

Sunscreen, good food, good company and a designated driver are highly recommended.

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Date/Time: Sunday 26 January 2020 – 10am to 4pm
Venue: Forest Glade Gardens
816 Mount Macedon Road, Mount Macedon
Cost: $10 Adult – Children under 16, Free

Getting there:
Driving from Melbourne, follow the Calder Freeway and take exit C322 to Mt Macedon. Once you are off the freeway follow Mt Macedon Road toward MOUNT Macedon (as opposed to Macedon). After driving through Mt Macedon, Forest Glade is on the right-hand side – look for the rainbow flags and be sure to park safely and clear of the white line on the side of the road.

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Open Connections

November 9, 2019

The Melbourne Rainbow Band, Shepparton Brass and Wind and the OUTintheOPEN festival invite you to to the City of Shepparton for a one night only gala concert, Open Connections! This show will connect City to Country, and stimulate pride and diversity through music. The two bands will perform a selection of their favourite music, and […]

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Great Ladies of Song – 21 September 2019

September 21, 2018

Who has never had a crush on a Leading Lady? The Melbourne Rainbow Band and guest artists celebrate these iconic dames of stage and screen through a program of music and song. In our first appearance at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, we are proud to feature the vocal talents of Sue Hingston and Vincent Hooper.  Join us […]

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Carols by Queerlight 2015 – St Kilda Town Hall

December 12, 2015

The Melbourne Rainbow Band and the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and Youth Chorus are bringing Christmas back! The Melbourne Rainbow Band and the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and Youth Chorus are bringing Christmas back! Saturday 6 November 2014 Saturday 6 November 2014 Queens College – Melbourne University Queens College – Melbourne University 156-292 […]

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Carols By Queerlight Live Streaming

December 6, 2014

If you can’t join us in person for Carols by Queerlight, why not join us online? Carols by queerlight will be live streaming to the world from 7.30 pm this Saturday the 12th of December.  Listen below or at The Melbourne Gay & Lesbian Chorus (MGLC) and the Melbourne Rainbow Band (MRB) proudly present […]

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MRB Trivia night 2014

September 13, 2014

It’s happening again! The Melbourne Rainbow Band Trivia Night is back for 2014. The famous Melbourne Rainbow Band trivia night returns for 2014.  Join us for a fun filled evening, as quiz master Laurie Lane puts you and your friends grey matter to the test. All proceeds go to supporting the Melbourne Rainbow Band. Saturday […]

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“Over the Hills and Far Away” – Gasworks

October 17, 2009

Once upon a time, in a land of ‘Technicolour’ trees and ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ skies, there was a kingdom known as OTHAFA, where good acronyms were in short supply… The 17th October 2009 saw an eager and excited audience follow the Melbourne Rainbow Band on a journey through the mystic lands of OTHAFA. The […]

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“Love & War” – Chapel Off Chapel

May 24, 2009

In May 2009, the MRB held a sold-out concert at Chapel Off Chapel, title d “Love & War”. Rather than a showcase concert of individual pieces of music, Love & War was a musical exploration of emotions associated with conflict. From classical to swing, from movie themes to folk song, the performance spanned all musical […]

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