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MRB Presents – GaYme On!

The Melbourne Rainbow Band is proud to present Gayme On!

Video games have risen to new levels, not only in graphics, but also in providing a musical repertoire that rivals the scores of some of the best Hollywood movies.

Prepare yourselves for exciting thrills and spills, with dragons, danger, mystery, and suspense guaranteed.

Video games not your thing? Don’t panic! You may be surprised to learn that some of your favourite board games also come with their very own tunes…anyone up for a game of chess?

Dust off your last Halloween costume, or start designing that cosplay, and get ready to join us for a wonderous afternoon full of laughter and nostalgia as we journey through the amazing music provided by the world of games.

Oh, and we should mention, there is of course a prize for the best dressed audience members!

Date: Saturday 28 May 2022
Time: 2:30 PM

Venue:
James Tatoulis Auditorium
207 Barkers Road
Kew

Cost:
$20.00 Early Bird until 1 May 2022 (online only)
$25.00 Full Price (online and at the door)
$20.00 Concession (at the door only)

Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/BYTDQ

More Info: mrb.org.au/mrb-presents-gayme-on/ or contact Rachael Bean – president@mrb.org.au

Open Rehearsal 2022…Wow!

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!

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!

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:

  1. Midsumma Carnival Main Stage – 12:50 PM January 23 2020 (and find us throughout the day manning our stall and looking for new members)
  2. Picnic at Forest Glade, Mount Macedon – 10:00 AM 26 January 2022
  3. Midsumma Pride March – 11:00 AM 6 February 2022 (don’t forget you can always join our colour guard as there are no density restrictions this year!)
  4. Melbourne Pride (TBC)

Stay tuned for more events throughout the year, its gearing up to be a fantastic return to performing.

Carols by Queerlight 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 your energy infectious. Thank you also to our ever perfect soloists, Rachel Dunham, Trudi Camilleri, and Justin Clausen, and our beautiful CBQ Singers!

As always, thank you also to our supporters and sponsors at Thorne Harbour Health, the City of Port Phillip, and the City of Stonnington.

Time for a well earned break, and we’ll see you all in time for Midsumma 2022!

Carols by Queerlight 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 – who will give voice to those Christmas hits.Gather your family and friends and get ready to sing along with what has been billed the “Campest thing since Christmas” and “A rainbow Christmas for everyone”.

There is nowhere like Carols by Queerlight, where being home with the LGBTIQ+ for Christmas puts the sparkle and glitter back into the festive season and brings together the Diverse Gender and Sexuality (DGS) community.

This year we are encouraging families of all ages to attend, with the new early start time of 7 pm and a visit from the Man in Red likely to occur in the first part of the program. But after the interval, we’ll see how the grown-ups celebrate once the kids go to bed!

Tickets for individual seats or whole tables, with special prices for concession and children 12 & under, as well as discounts for booking a whole table, it’s possible for everyone to be part of the festivities.

https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/823575

COVID Information

As required by DHHS rules, proof of COVID vaccination or exemption is required. Proof may be shown through Service Victoria App on a smartphone, or using a printed certificate/record from the Australian Immunization Register. Any applicable rules from the DHHS on the wearing of masks at the time of the event will be enforced.

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!