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Through the Darkest Night (Finally!)

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 you, as always, to our amazing supporters and sponsors at Thorne Harbour Health, and the City of Stonnington, as well as Maddocks Lawyers who provided sponsorship for this concert.

Through the Darkest Night was such a wonderful afternoon spent with all of our supporters, we’re already looking forward to when we can be out and playing for you all again soon!

Midsumma Pride 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 quiet affair, we were warmly welcomed by a raucous (COVID safe) crowd, who were just as excited as we were to be back out in St Kilda.

We were so excited to finally play to a crowd, and debut our amazing new uniforms! Thank you to our uniform committee for wrangling the design and logistics, we couldn’t be happier with our new look.

Fingers crossed for another successful Pride in 2022!

Through the Darkest Night – 11 July 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 with a program inspired by Lord of the Rings, a noir detective story, darkened theatres and much more.

Sunday, July 11th @ 2:30pm

St Kilda Town Hall
99A Carlisle St

St Kilda, VIC 3182

Early bird pricing till the end of May!

$25 full, $20 concession (+ booking fee)

Tickets via Trybooking!!

Emerging from Chrysalis

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 Anniversary Concert in 2020, Jared McCunnie’s Emerging from Chrysalis has become one of these fantastic memories following a long year of anticipation. Due to COVID, our anniversary concert was sadly cancelled, and we were unable to perform this piece as planned. As a result, Emerging from Chrysalis has taken on an entirely new meaning, enabling each band and audience member to take away something completely different.

Originally broadcast live on 21 April 2021, our world premiere video is now available to view , featuring both the performance and a chance to meet some of our band members and gain an insight into how they view the piece.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

We’re Back!

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 both during lockdown and our return.

Here is an update and a sneak peak on what we have coming up in 2021 as we settle in to this weird, but bearable, new normal.

1. Emerging from Chrysalis

Those who were following along last year may remember that 2020 marked the 25th Anniversary of MRB, which we were unfortunately not able to celebrate in person.

Do not fret!

We have a lovely treat coming your way in time for Midsumma’s online festival – the premiere of Emerging from Chrysalis! Amazing young composer Jared McCunnie has worked tirelessly to create a stunning piece of work that we cannot wait to share with you. We will be premiering the piece at our next rehearsal, 22 April 2021, and are looking forward to sharing our hard work with everyone.

2. PRIDE!

The wonderful team at Midsumma have created a COVID Safe plan for the 2021 Pride March!

You can find us marching enthusiastically on 23 May 2021, however, things will be very different compared to previous marches.

Midsumma are working hard to keep us updated on the ever changing restrictions. What we know so far is that there will be only two ways to watch the march this year: either watching at home through the Facebook live-stream or booking a venue on Fitzroy Street.

Make sure you plan ahead!

3. June Winter Concert

Get your calendars out and flip forward to 20th June – lock us in!

We’re pulling together a fantastic selection of pieces to perform for everyone and we’re very excited to see you all in person again.

Stay tuned!

Open Rehearsal

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 membership@mrb.org.au

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

Picnic at Forest Glade – 26th January 2020

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

Forest Glade (4)

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.

Forest Glade (2)

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

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 then team up with over 50 musicians on stage for a huge big band experience. This concert will feature the world premiere of a brand new concert band arrangement, ” The Road Returning” by celebrated composer Matt Klohs.

OUTintheOPEN is Shepparton’s annual festival celebrating LGBTI+ pride and community diversity.

This concert is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Entry is by gold coin donation to Goulburn Valley Pride and it’s nominated charities.

DateSaturday, 9th November
Time7:00pm
VenueWestside Performing Arts Centre
141-179 Echuca Rd, Mooroopna VIC 3629
CostGold coin donation to GV Pride

Open Rehearsal – Thursday 22 August 2019


The Melbourne Rainbow Band is holding an open rehearsal!

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.

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 endeavors 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 22 August 2019.

For more information email membership@mrb.org.au

Date/Time: Thursday 22 August 2019 – 7:30pm
Venue: Prahran RSL Memorial Hall
301 High Street, Prahran

Picnic at Forest Glade – 26 January 2019

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

Forest Glade (4)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 10am to 4pm on Saturday 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.

Date/Time: Saturday 26 January 2019 – 10am to 4pmForest Glade (2)
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.

Map to Forest Glade

View Larger Map