The Heidelberg Wind Ensemble was established in 2007 with the
vision of giving opportunities for highly skilled musicians to play interesting
and challenging works for this instrumentation, especially those written from
the 20th and 21st Century. HWE
commissions original works from Australian and International
composers and presents numerous Australian Wind Band première performances each
The ensemble has
approximately 40-45 players only, with essentially one player per part, and all
positions are auditioned. This Wind Band requires high standard performers on
all instruments. Another aim of this ensemble is to perform frequently with
guest solo artists guest conductors, thus providing a platform for the many
talented young musicians in Melbourne to show their skills in performance and
gain invaluable experience. New members
are most welcome.
The Ukalypts are a
community band of ukulele players and singers who meet twice
a month to bash out some tunes and have a sing. On the first Saturday of every
month we meet for a rehearsal at Cross Street Music Hall. On the third Saturday
of each month we meet at the Charles Weston Hotel in Brunswick for an informal
jam. New players of any level are always welcome.
The Low Down Big Band is an 18-piece band playing a mix of Trad, Blues,
Funk, New Orleans, and Contemporary styles. Under the leadership of guitarist
Ben Delves, you can expect high-intensity, hard-swinging, funk-filled fun when
Low Down hits the stage.
Drawing inspirations from the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thad
Jones, Mel Lewis, Charlie Parker, and Maria Schneider, the band aims to
continue in the traditions of former greats, while also developing new
opportunities through unique repertoire and original material that explore the
possibilities of contemporary Big Band music.
A 10 piece Jazz/Swing band lead by saxophonist Jason Chalmers,
playing all the classics from the big band eras, from early 1930s swing to the
60’s classics from Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and everything in between
From Bourbon Street in New Orleans to Memphis and Jamaica via the bars of Brunswick, The Offtopics deliver infectious songs that will make you tap your feet and bring a smile to your face.
Fronted by funk dynamo Polash Larsen, these are some of Melbourne’s most talented musicians working their basses off to show you a good time. Start with the classic guitar, bass and drums, then add some keys and a few of the hardest-wailing horn players you’ve never heard – but who you damn well should.
They’re a little bit bluesy, a little bit funky, a little bit rock and roll. And before you know it, their witches’ brew of classic grooves will have you out of your seat and up on the dance floor.