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MRB Winter Rehearsals 2017


Great music making, new members joining, hot chocolate and cake each week, coming concerts and plans for the spring and summer seasons.

There’s a lot going on for the Melbourne Rainbow Band and being a part of it, is coming to winter rehearsals.

Rehearsals are open to concert band musicians of varied skill level, with a current special need for oboe, bassoon, trombone, clarinet and percussion, there’s a space and place for everyone.

Newbies can try out the band for four rehearsals and are welcome to join. Membership is based on commitment and involvement, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Just come and have fun making music together.

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The Band caters 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.  We award a scholarship annually to a within band to encourage them keep develop their music skills.


Rehearsals are held weekly in Windsor at the Will Sampson Centre, 102 Henry Street on Thursdays.

For more information email or MRB facebook


7:30pm – Thursday’s
Will Sampson Hall
102 Henry Street, Windsor

Parking on Union Street – Public transport via Windsor Station or Chapel/High St Trams

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AGM: Thursday 27 August 2009

The Melbourne Rainbow Band will be holding its Annual General Meeting at the Will Sampson Hall on Thursday, 27 August 2009, following a shortened rehearsal and a brief supper (a ‘bring a plate’ affair). Download the agenda here.

Please Note:

  1. You must be a paid-up member to vote at the AGM. (See Andrew if you need to pay for 2009/10)
  2. If you are a paid up member and are unable to attend, PLEASE email your apology to the administrator at BEFORE the meeting.  If you would like to have your vote counted, make sure you also complete the proxy form (attached) and:
    1. Complete the form and pass it on to the administrator BEFORE the meeting to nominate another member of the band; or
    2. Email it to another member and have them forward it to the administrator at (this is in lieu of the two signatures).
  3. Any financial member of the band may nominate to be on the committee!  Nominations need to be signed by yourself and two other members (or follow the email directions above sending the email to two paid up members, then the administrator) and must be received by the administrator at least SEVEN DAYS before the AGM (ie. At rehearsal on the 20th).

You may nominate for more than one position, and for any positions that receive more than one nomination a secret ballot will be held.  If no one has nominated for a particular position by the AGM, nominations will be accepted from the floor on the night.

  1. Bring a plate of something yummy to share.
  2. Get involved.

Joining the Committee – Your band needs you!!

There are ten positions on the committee, however only 9 are voted on at the AGM.  The tenth position is that of Musical Director.  The other positions are:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Administrator
  • Treasurer
  • 5 x General Committee Positions.  Members in these positions may elect to take on a specific portfolio, such as Public Relations, Membership or Librarian/custodian.

The band has seen a huge amount of growth over the past twelve months.  A new Musical Director, an increase in membership, our first sell-out concert….. and these things don’t happen by themselves.  The next twelve months will see our first ever concert series, the Gay Games in Cologne, Midsumma, Pride, ChillOut.  Be involved!  Those who participated in the workshops last month will remember a quote that Dominic used about silence and consent.  But when I typed it out… it could probably be taken the wrong way.  Thankfully, Google came to the rescue.

~ We can try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision. ~ Gary Collins

Or, a little less subtle…

~ I’m tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn’t work. Of course it doesn’t work. We are supposed to work it ~Alexander Woollcott

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Ben on 0412 509 828, pop him an email or text, or see him at rehearsal.

Subs are due!

money!Did you know in we’ve spent over $2,000 in the last year? How about the fact we spend over $1,000 on insuring our instruments, assets and public liability? We also subside uniforms, and pay our musical director per rehearsal.

Membership fees are crucial to the running of the MRB, and once again they’re due.

Membership expires on 31 July, therefore subs need to be paid BEFORE that date.  Long-service badges are calculated on paid up membership, and you also need to be a paid-up member to be able to vote at the AGM.

Full Year Half-Year
Standard rate $90 $45
Concession rate $60 $30