In an exciting first for SUMBA, we teamed up with the Sydney University Wind Orchestra, North Shore Wind Symphony, North West Wind Ensemble and the NSW Railway Band to form a super-band on Saturday 5th August 2017! The performance at Carriageworks in Redfern celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the 1917 Great Strike, where thousands of railway workers walked off the job to protest a recent decision of the NSW Department of Railways and Tramways.

The super-band premiered a new composition by Andrew Byrne and Tom Nicholson. The open-ended work for massed brass (and wind) instruments uses fragments of workers songs from the time (“Solidarity Forever,” “Joe Hill,” etc.) but placed into a contemporary context. The sound of many instruments in the public space of Carriageworks playing sustained notes and fragments (all in E-flat major) sounded amazing. According to Andrew, the piece is more along the lines of a site-specific piece by John Luther Adams where players would play fragments at their own speed.

After the event, members from all bands spent time socialising and networking. It was agreed that another collaboration in the near future would be great fun!

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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!