State Organisations

For information about national organisations representing community music, click here.

Australian Band & Orchestra Directors Association, Victorian branch

State branch of a national network of band and orchestra directors. Ostensibly a resource for directors rather than for individuals seeking ensembles, but it does have a list of links to ensembles. Strangely, for orchestras, only professional ensembles are listed. More information:

Community Music Victoria

Age range for participants: All ages. Victoria is the only State in Australia that has an organisation dedicated to personally helping any Victorian who contacts them to find a group to make music with. Style of music: All styles. No matter what sort of music you may favour (singing for fun, formal choir, celtic session, drumming circle, brass band or symphony orchestra, to name just a few) CMV promises to do all it can to put you in contact with the group that's right for you. More information: Community Music Victoria Inc. Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel: 03 9662 1162 /  Fax: 03 9662 1197 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Dandenong Ranges Music Council Inc.

The Dandenong Ranges Music Council Inc (DRMC) provides opportunities for musicians of all ages, abilities and interests, to participate in making music. The DRMC mission is to "retain its position at the leading edge of community music develoment by continuing to create opportunities for people of all ages to listen to, to learn, to participate in, and to perform music in the Yarra Ranges and it's environs, in partnership with resident and visiting professional musicians and music educators'. Groups currently exisiting under the DRMC are: Dandenong Ranges Orchestra, Ranges Young Strings, Hilltop Singers, Dr Swing Big Band, Outer Eastern Country Music Club, Youth Music Connection, Music Jams and many more.

Tel: 03 9754 6566

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Pipe Bands Victoria

Represents pipe bands from around the state. The Association runs the Australian Pipe Band College, which comprise music syllabi and adjucator's rules. Tuition on the instruments is normally conducted within each band. More information:

Victorian Bands League

A good list of concert and brass bands. The VBL is currently developing websites for every one of their member bands. More information:

Individual Ensembles


Australian Youth Band

Formerly known as the McDonalds Melbourne Youth Band, the Australian Youth Band Southern Stars is one of Australia's premier youth marching-concert bands. Age range for participants: about 25 yrs and up

Style of music: marching band

Nature of program: playing regularly at popular regional festivals, major sporting events, marching band festivals, and corporate functions.

Led by: Musical Director - Peter Grant

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Hyde Street Youth Band

Formed in 1928, this band has been responsible for starting and encouraging many young brass/percussion players, some of whom have continued on to become top professionals or leaders in the field of music education. Based in Melbourne's inner western suburbs. A training band is also offered for new starters or players with little experience. Age range for participants: up to 18 years

Style of music: Brass band

Nature of program: Plays regularly at community festivals and functions incl. Western Bulldogs and Seddon Festival in the Park See

Led by: Musical Director John Collinson (RAAF band)

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