NUMBBUMS at SUNPAC 2020. Photographer: Stephen Henry.

Supporting performing members

BUMS supports and encourages community bands and affiliated performers and groups in a variety of ways.

These bands and groups all uphold and further the aims of BUMS – that is to have fun, develop our members ukulele playing skills and spread the ‘love’ of the ukulele through the community.

Our performing members and bands often lead sets at jams and perform in public at markets, aged care homes, Christmas events, charity functions, music festivals and more.

NUMBBUMS at SUNPAC 2020 Summerfest Concert. Photographer: Stephen Henry.

NUMB BUMS SUNPAC 2020 Summerfest Concert. Photographer: Stephen Henry

Community bands

BUMS inc community bands are open to all BUMS Inc associate (under 18) and financial members.

Currently NUMB BUMS rehearses on the northside, and three new bands are setting up in 2021 on the southside. The bands aim to provide a welcoming and supportive environment with opportunities for ukulele players of all levels of ability. They are great places to meet other players, practise regularly and improve your skills.

Many accomplished performers who you will see at BUMS events took their first performing steps in our community bands.

To find out about becoming a performing BUM, or joining a community band visit our Be A Performer web page.

BUMS Inc supports its community bands directly with practice room costs, loan of equipment, public liability insurance and a licence to play copyrighted songs in public.

Community bands must maintain COVID-safe practices such as social distancing and keeping an electronic register of members who attend practices for contact tracing purposes.

New community band for 2021 … soon to be named!

Affiliated performers and bands

Of course, BUMS members can perform solo, in ukulele ensembles or in collaboration with other ukulele players and musicians. These groups select their own members so are different to community bands.

Like community bands, these groups play for fun, to grow their skills and to spread the joy of ukulele to the wider community. They do not play to make money, though any fees from gigs might meet equipment or travel expenses.

Details of some of these performing members and groups can be found on the Book-A-BUM web page.

Arrangements can be made for affiliated performers playing at festivals to be included under the BUMS public liability insurance and for BUMS to collect any fees to be earned from the performance.

The Gigmeister

Max in full voice, West Toowong Bowls Club, Nov 2018

We often get requests for ukulele performances from the public, and these are managed by the Gigmeister.

Max Borchardt fills this role in 2021, and his job is to find the most suitable performers for the gig. The BUMS Inc community bands are given preference in this process.

If you are considering joining a band, contact the Gigmeister ().

If you’d like to hire a performer or a group for your event, visit the Book-A-BUM web page for more information.

Then complete the gig request form at the bottom of the page below the gallery of performers.

Greater Redlands Ukulele Band Society (GRUBS)

The Greater Redlands Ukulele Band Society (GRUBS) meets from 10.00-12.00 every Tuesday morning in the large hall at Cleveland Uniting Church. They now boast over 80 members and welcome new players of all levels of experience. GRUBS is associated with Redlands U3A and all players must be a U3A member.

Usually, 40-50 players attend the weekly jam where they play songs from the GRUBS Performance songbook and the Grey and Green Ukulele Club songbooks. Members can do open mics, either solo or in small groups.

From time to time, U3A runs a beginner’s class at the same venue on the same day. This usually goes for 4-5 weeks from 9:30-10:30 am so new players can attend the weekly jam.


GRUBS has performed publicly at many venues including age care homes, school fetes, RedPac, RSL clubs, and shopping centres as well as at SPRUKE festivals.

Two smaller groups have emerged from GRUBS. The Butterflies perform mainly at dementia rooms in aged care homes and Ladybirds focus on developing ukulele picking skills.

If you want to know more about GRUBS and their regular Tuesday sessions contact Redland U3A on 07 3821 3888.

A bit of history

After a beginner’s class with Garold Summers at Brisbane U3A Wynnum campus in 2012, Jan Buchanan and Lenore Flanagan decided to form a ukulele group at Tall Trees Retirement Village, Redland Bay. They started with six members and by the end of the year the group had grown to eleven players.

In January 2013, Jan, Lenore and Garold started a beginner’s class in the small hall at Cleveland Uniting Church. GRUBS grew quickly and in 2014 the Tuesday session was relocated from Tall Trees to the larger hall at Cleveland Uniting Church. Now GRUBS has over 80 members with 40-50 players at the weekly sessions led by Laurie Dyer, Bob Foster, Madge Little and Jan Frazer.

Bob Foster and Laurie Dyer took over as ukulele tutors in 2014 and continue in that role today.

GRUBS today

So, GRUBS came from a small beginning with two hard working women who just wanted to play the ukulele. Thanks to the tutors, performance leaders, U3A and its members who have all contributed to its growth. Over time, it has evolved a vibrant, happy and active Greater Redlands Ukulele Band Society.


Our LOUD & Proud Multi-Draw Raffle for February 2021 has lots of fabulous prizes to enhance your ukulele playing and show you are proud to be a BUM!

Tickets $2 each

Available at Coorparoo, Westside, Ferny Grove and Northside jams throughout February also Coorparoo and Westside jams in March.
Drawn at the Westside Jam Wed 10 March 2021.


1st Prize: Aroma Acoustic Amp; Kirlin Instrument Cable and Musical Print Pencil Case (total value $253.90)

The Aroma 15W Portable Acoustic Guitar Amp is a portable battery-powered rechargeable amp designed for practicing or outdoor playing. It is compact and easy to carry around to your band performance, outdoor gathering or just practicing at home (RRP $219) BUMS Inc sourced the amp from Binary Music Cleveland.

2nd Prize: CD Vo Dee O (Relatively Speaking);CD Australian Ukulele 2019 (Various Aus artists); Strings Worth – Concert 63″ (fluorocarbon)and SPRUKE Tshirt (total value $65)

3rd Prize: CD Mystical & Blue (Trevor Gollagher); DVD Your Ukulele has more than 3 Frets (Trevor Gollagher); Strings Ko’olau Concert (monofilament/nylon); SPRUKE Tshirt (total value $55)


Prizes courtesy of BUMS Inc & Trevor Gollagher Music. Cable and pencil case from Morris Brothers Music Store. Amp from Binary Music.

The Ukulele Rockers Masterclub

Feeling stuck creatively? Find yourself playing the same tunes every week?

Would you like more confidence, find new opportunities and possibilities to tap into your own creative expression? Would you like to be kept accountable and receive live feedback?

Ask Erin about the Ukulele Rockers Masterclub

A unique and transformational monthly Masterclass program facilitated by guest speakers at the top of their game in creative expression.

Learn and be inspired from the Professionals all the ways you can use your Ukulele as a gateway to musical freedom!

Book in a chat with Erin to find out more:

Want something a bit more?

Ask about our Unique VIP Program Commencing in Feb! *Limited Spots Left!*

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Kanile’a — Ukulele Innovators

It’s a fun, happy instrument that players know and treasure.

Can it be made happier and more fun???

Kanile’a ‘Ukulele think so.

Kanile’a Ohana

I was introduced to Kanile’a by chance, and discovered an Ohana of passionate Hawaiians continuously pushing the bar for better instruments.

Ohana means family, and is used to represent immediate family, extended family and often a larger collection of friends and their families that share common views and values.

In this context, it refers to the Souza family, numerous employees who are cousins, and the artist community around the world.

Souza family performance in Portugal

Family performance at Madeira in Portugal – Joe and Kristen Souza and their boys. Kanile’a ‘Ukulele was honored to represent Hawaiʻi in Madeira, Portugal at the Xarabanda Musical and Cultural Association’s Festival, honoring 140 years since the creation of the `ukulele based on the madeiran braguinha.

BUMS member Vic Kena is a member of the Kanile’a Ohana as an endorsed artist. His profile is found on their web pages.

But, before you read further, understand one essential thing. It is not how flashy the ukulele is, how sophisticated it might be, what strings it has, or who says it’s a fantastic uke … it is ONLY how it feels, plays and sounds to you!

My first

My first ukulele was a Kanile’a K1 Tenor. I loved the high gloss straight grained Koa finish, was impressed by its light weight and the gentle radius of the back. But I couldn’t play it!!

Sound board innovation

Since then, I’ve acquired Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome … and several other ukuleles.

One 70-year-old Mahogany Arthur Godfrey baritone has a 3.76mm top.

Why is this even of interest?

We know with certainty that the ability of the top to vibrate when excited by the strings is a major influence on the volume, sustain and tone of the ukulele. My K1 has a 1.75mm top – that is thin!!

I had a pickup fitted by Joe Souza, and learned it was an early model. But it has “TRU bracing”, where profiled braces touch the sound board (top) at only a few locations to allow free vibration of the top.

My Kanile’a baritone is slightly thicker — it’s bigger — at about 2mm.

Innovation in the DNA

So, what’s the big deal with Kanile’a? They continually innovate! It’s in their “DNA”!!

Visit the factory (post-COVID) , or check YouTube  or the Kanile’a website to see their state-of-the-art CNC machinery cutting components. These are hand assembled and fitted in Hawaii.

Kanile’a also passionately embraces the environment with its farm on Hawaii Island, and personally planting thousands of Koa trees for perpetuity.

 Continuing innovations

2021 – A year where Kanile’a is again blending tradition, music, science and lutherie skills, and pushing the bar for ukulele design where no one has gone before.

Kanile’a “Nene” in Koa forest showing wedge and rolled top armrest.

You might have seen ukuleles appearing with a bevel replacing the typical cut-out for the fretting hand — that’s a Kanile’a innovation. You’ve probably also seen the appearance of the rolled top edge providing an armrest — also an innovation by Kanile’a, first seen on Willie K’s custom Super Tenor.  Then there was the mid-year introduction of coloured stain, and intricate fret board inlays.

Kanile’a introduced beautiful ukulele incorporating endangered Hawaiian species on the fretboard.

The first (I‘iwi) was played by Willie K (RIL) for a year before being put to auction to raise funds for Reforest Hawaii. It HAS planted a forest!! Currently Kelly Boy De Lima, of Kapana, is playing the “Nene” ukulele before it is also offered for auction soon.

Innovation options

Kanile'a Tru Rest arm rest

Kanile’a 2021 Platinum Ukulele

Some of the 2021 innovation options are:

  • unique front and side sound ports,
  • repositioned “D” sound holes allowing the top to vibrate more freely,
  • Koa or sinker redwood tops, and
  • entirely new bracing.

Kanile’a 2021 platinum – showing the Koa Leaf sound ports.

The 2021 platinum features Koa leaf ports on top and side AND presents a curved wedge profile (“Tru-Relief”).

Kanile’a Tru-Relief contour

Kanile’a Tru-Relief contour

It’s a slim ukulele beneath the players forearm, which grows to slightly deeper than normal to provide sufficient volume inside. (Armrest not required).

Because the Koa leaf sound holes limit internal access there is an invisible magnetic access panel on the radiused back.

And finally, as top and bottom are curved and hence more rigid, the underside of the top is now milled to reduce the instrument mass and improve vibration response.

Kanile’a Platinum – the engine room!

See for yourself

You can search for more amazing innovations, and the variety of ukuleles on Kanile’a ‘Ukulele’s Facebook site. I recommend that you watch Ukulele Showcase 2021   for the details AND great performances and to meet the family (or catch up if you were at SPRUKE 2015).

Kanile’a have three basic product line with different price points.  At Kanile’a ‘Ukulele online check out the Islander by Kanile’a and the OHA series # of Kanile’a ukulele, and the variety of ukulele in the other Kanile’a series. But wait! Then there is the custom shop, where you can let your imagination flow freely!!!

Talk with Binary Music at Cleveland (07 3488 2230), Hawaii Music Supply in Hawaii, or direct to Kanile’a if you are excited.

Is there a cure for UAS??

Jim Bills
January 2021


  • OHA as well as the product range means affection or fondness (and to love)
  • I‘iwi and Nene are both endangered Hawaiian native birds. The I‘iwi (Eewee) is a 15cm scarlet honeycreeper with black wings and a hooked bill that has almost disappeared from the Hawaiian archipelago. It is Hawaii’s rarest bird and classed as a threatened species. The Nene (Neh-neh) is the Hawaiian state bird. It is a goose that has evolved with shorter wings and webbed feet for walking on the lava. With a population of barely 2,500 it is the world’s rarest goose and was almost extinct in the 1950s.
  • Willie K (William Kahaialihi) passed two years ago after diagnosis with cancer. He continued to perform until 2 weeks prior to passing. Multi-award winner, singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, actor, promoter, sponsor, benefactor, and known across the world, his passing saw personal tributes from Alice Cooper, Stephen Tyler, Mick Fleetwood and countless others in a 6 hour “private” on-line memorial concert. He is a greatly loved Hawaiian Son.
  • The term RIL is customary Hawaiian meaning Rest in Love.



In ‘normal’ years, the Ferny Grove jam and the Northside jam at Wavell Heights join together and put on a Christmas Extravaganza at Ferny Grove Sports Club. Usually this is one of BUMS’ biggest jams of the year with up to 120 people attending and enjoy finger food, Christmas songs, door prizes and a pop ukulele shop.

With social distancing, we could not fit 120 people in the space at Ferny Grove, so we ran two jams, a week apart.

Ferny Grove jam

The first jam on 9 December was at Ferny Grove and 59 jammers and volunteers sat 1.5m apart. Linda Gough and Paul Morris ran the first band third sets. Paul, Andrew Hunt and Peter Grace ran the middle set. We reckon Paul must have had sore hands after playing bass all night.

Linda Gough and Paul Morris (with his Rudolph headgear)

Pop up uke shop at Ferny Grove jam

Pam Brogan with her ukulele door prize and Jazz from Morris Brothers.

Lesley Allan with her Build It ukulele door prize

Jam at Wavell Heights

The second jam was at the Northern Suburbs Bowls Club on 15 December and 55 jammers and volunteers enjoyed the now familiar Reception Hall.

At both jams, we played the same songs, had door prizes including a ukulele donated by Morris Brothers and had a pop-up ukulele shop. Sadly, no food was allowed due to COVID restrictions.

Paul Ransom did an open mic and gave us a great interpretation of the sexy Eartha Kitt song ‘Santa Baby’.

Andrew, Paul and Pete rock the Reception Hall

Lucky Linda lands a new uke.

The membership team – Sylvia, Keryn and Lesley.

Next jams

The next Ferny Grove jam will be held on Wednesday January 13. The next Northside (Wavell Heights) jam will be on Australia Day, 26 January.

The same COVID-safe arrangements will apply for both jams, and you will need to book a ticket. There will be 50 seats available for each jam. Watch out for your email invitations.

What a joy to be back playing live again. It’s been seven months since the last Westside daytime jam and it was all smiles on 9 December 2020 to gather together again.

The café was busy before the jam started at the Rosemount Community Centre as jam goers fueled up for a feast of music. Sue and Peter did not disappoint with 23 songs from a wide range of genres.

COVID restrictions meant the jam was limited to 30 places (plus organisers) and half a dozen non-ukulele playing residents came to join the singalong.

Sue commented, ‘It really was terrific to see so many old friends again, and to meet some new uke players. I think everyone played and sang so well. It was amazing, especially how good the endings were. There might be some sore finger tips today.’

Next jam

The next Westside Jam will be held on Wednesday 13 January 2021. The same COVID-safe arrangements will apply, and you will need to book a ticket. There will be 30 seats again. Watch out for your email invitation.

For more information on the Westide daytime jam read on.

The end of the year is nearly here. Membership fees of $25 for January to June 2021 were due on 1 January 2021.

It’s a bargain!

Membership payment options are provided on the Membership web page. We’re currently accepting electronic transfers.

In January, fees can be paid in cash or by EFTPOS at the Coorparoo, Westside, Northside (Wavell Heights) or Ferny Grove jam.


Membership fees help us to maintain our equipment, hire jam venues, offer concerts and workshops, and run our biennial ukulele festival, SPRUKE.

Find out about how membership benefits you by visiting the Membership Benefits web page.


As incorporated body, our management committee has a legislated responsibility to keep accurate up-to-date membership records. Help us get it right.

If your contact details have changed please advise the Secretary by emailing your new details to when you forward your transaction record, or fill in a renewal form at the members’ membership desk if you renew at a Coorparoo, Ferny Grove, Westside or Wavell Heights jam.


New members and unique associate members must complete a Financial Membership Application form.

Please send your signed completed form to the Secretary () with your transaction record, or hand it in at a the membership desk at a BUMS jam.

It was on again on December 2.  Finally BUMS members were able to assemble, strum their hearts out, and sing till their voices were croaky.

By realigning the layout of the seating and following social distancing rules, we fitted 60 people (included 10 support crew and set leaders) into the upstairs room at the Bowls Club.


Ian Phillips started the night.  He led the crowd in a musical welcome to country using a tune he had written himself and words from another ceremony.

Duo Ver (aka Amanda Allwood and Adrian Board) opened the night with a fine selection of songs.  Then Salli Chmura led the Ukulele Orchestra of Greater Brisbane in some delightfully entertaining instrumental pieces.

Andrew Hunt contributed a set of excellent rock ‘n’ roll numbers.  The evening was brought to a close by Darrell Reeves, Stephen Sandilands, Coady Brûlé, and Max Borchardt. All the sets enjoyed the support of Cath McCourt on bass. Her versatility, stamina and enthusiasm was wonderful to behold.

Steve, Cath, Coady, Darrell and Max lead the last set.


Technical support was provided by Andrew Hunt, John Henderson and Stephen Sandilands. Thanks to Darrell Reeves, Geoff Dancer, Keryn Henderson and Karen Borchardt who helped with the setup and take down, staffed the table and helped make it a good night.

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Morris Brothers Music Store and Trevor Gollagher Music.  We had plenty of lucky door prizes to give away. The winners were grinners. Louie was stoked to be taking away the major prize of a Cordoba ukulele.

Festive BUMS prize winners (Photo: Kaye Dort)

Next jam

The next big BUMS jam at Cooparoo will be held on Wednesday January 6. The same COVID-safe arrangements will apply, and you will need to book a ticket. There will be 50 seats again. Watch out for your email invitation.