Last Saturday, SUMBA and friends were privileged to join the ‘Pride in Protest’ contingent to march in the 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

Dressed in red and black, SUMBA might not have been the most flamboyantly dressed of all the parade-goers, but we had our instruments (and Musical Director Gus’s fabulous costume) to level the playing field. After many hours of waiting, strategically timed entry into the parade waiting area, and a few band members going on a sneaky ice-cream break, at 10pm it was finally time for SUMBA’s marching to begin.

Marching down Oxford street with confetti everywhere and cheering observers on either side, we played some well-known SUMBA tunes such as YMCA and Oye Como Va, and also had a few less-played songs to spice things up, including Old Town Road and the Final Countdown. In what was a Mardi Gras miracle, the set list lined up pretty exactly with the length of the parade, a new-found phenomenon we are to call ‘mardigrasification’. Of course, SUMBA wasn’t the only highlight of the night; the sheer diversity and passion of all the other parade members, either in floats or on the ground, was really awesome.

But all too soon the parade was over, but what a fun, exciting, and memorable night it was. We would like to thank the USYD ‘Pride in Protest’ contingent that invited SUMBA to join the parade, and of course thanks to everyone who came to play with SUMBA. A special mention should be given to Musical Director Gus, who may not have had an instrument, but instead managed to dance, twirl, and shout down the whole of Oxford street; what a legend! Finally, commendation should definitely be given to our three last-minute percussion joiners who not only willingly aided SUMBA in the march, but were also so fabulously dressed!

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Update on COVID-19

Hi everyone,

As you are possibly aware, Sydney University sent out recommendations in the last few hours indicating that the University highly recommends all gatherings and events be cancelled or postponed due to the threat of the novel Corona Virus (COVID-19). The World Health Organisation has declared COVID-19 is a global pandemic, and as a result heightened preventative methods are stressed.

Therefore, as a results the SUMBA exec are figuring out what events and rehearsals we may have to cancel this semester. In our discussions, we are taking into account the recommendations of the Uni and the Australian government, and are factoring in actions of other organisations (e.g. the Sydney Royal Easter Show unfortunately deciding to cancel the show this year).

For those who haven't read my other really long post in the 'SUMBA Plays at the Rugby' event, we are no longer playing at the rugby tomorrow (Sat 14th), and will make sure everyone gets their instruments back who needs them...

We will keep you all updated about what decisions are being made, especially about rehearsal next Thursday (right now we are just waiting on more information from the Uni and USU). We're really sorry that new members are not getting the ultimate SUMBA experience, and hope you won't hate us all too much wooo  :(

If you have any questions or comments etc. etc. DO NOT HESITATE IN CONTACTING US to discuss things!