Live on the northside? Thinking of joining a community band this year?

Community bands are a great way to network with other musicians, learn new skills, extend your repertoire of songs, and develop performance skills.

Don’t delay … join NUMB BUMS today … all BUMS Inc financial members are eligible to join.

NUMB BUMS is BUMS Inc’s northside community band. Band rehearsals start Monday 13 January, and continue each Monday (except public holidays). Come along to Monday band rehearsal at the Zillmere Community Hall, 52 Murphy Road, Zillmere. Arrive 6:30 for a 6:45 pm start.

Rehearsals and performances are relaxed and focus on having fun.

For more information, please contact John Low on 0421 080 914.

I’m a BUM!

Financial BUMS save big on workshop and concert tickets!

Financial BUMS save big on workshop and concert tickets!

It’s great to be a member of Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc. Check out all the benefits of membership.

  • Free entry to all of our large monthly jams — Coorparoo, Westside, Ferny Grove, Northside
  • Discounts at BUMS workshops and concerts
  • Discounts at supporting retail outlets on presentation of membership card.
  • Eligibility to join one of our community bands.
  • The right to vote at general meetings
  • The right to nominate positions on the society’s committees

Membership is $50 for the financial year. If you come to just 12 jams at either Coorparoo, Westside (Sinnamon Park), Ferny Grove or Northside (Wavell Heights) through the year you’ll save $10. If you go to every jam through the year (that’s 47 jams) you’ll save $185! Now add in what you $ave on workshop and concert tickets … Ka-ching!

Our hardworking committee plan a schedule of workshops and performances for all level of players, and members receive a discount.

The CAGE our largest Community Band

All of our members also have the opportunity to develop their playing and performance skills by joining one of our four community bands — Flukey, NUMB BUMS, The CAGE and Free Range chUKES.

Read more about our bands here.

BUMS Inc now offers associate membership to ukulele players under 18 years of age (i.e. primary and secondary school students). Find how your young uke star can become a little BUM.

Membership fees help us to maintain our performance and audio visual equipment, hire venues for jams, offer concerts and workshops, and run our biennial ukulele festival, SPRUKE.

It’s easy to join online, OR come see us at Coorparoo Jam, Westside Jam , Ferny Grove Jam and Northside Jam. Check the News & Events page to find out when the next jam is on near you.



The Westside Daytime jam is now firmly established at Rosemount Community Centre in Sinnamon Park. After a change in venue in late in 2019, the Christmas jam and the first jam for 2020, confirm the popularity of the new location with around 50 players in the crowd.

Sue and Peter Sercombe kicked off a daytime, midweek jam in the western suburbs in 2014.  The BUMS Inc Management Committee had received several requests for a regular jam on that side of the city. After a short stint at Indooroopilly and several years at Toowong, the future of the Westside Jam is at Rosemount in Sinnamon Park.

Peter Sercombe on uBass.

Sue Sercombe leading the jam.








As residents of the Rosemount Retirement Community, Sue and Peter can take advantage of their Community Centre to continue jamming with their established followers. Already, the jam is attracting new players from the surrounding western suburbs.

The Community Centre is on the first floor and has air conditioning, a café for drinks and food, and access by stairs or a lift. Jam goers are welcome to come a bit early or stay on later to sample the offerings from the café.

The jam runs from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on the second Wednesday of the month. Music is projected onto a screen as at other jams. It’s a family affair with their daughter Michelle running the computer. Sue and Peter rotate the songs on their set lists and focus on music for the ‘more mature’ player. Sue also takes requests for new songs to be added to their repertoire.

Open mic spots are available, and Lesley Allan, Noel Bowers, Salli Chmura, Chan Hoo, Angela McGrath and Peter Ransom are just some of the regulars who have taken the opportunity.

The Westside Daytime jam is at the Rosemount Community Centre, 620 Seventeen Mile Rocks Road, Sinnamon Park, Queensland 4073. Feel welcome to use the drop-off area in front of the Community Centre, but please park along Seventeen Mile Rocks Road. The jam is free to BUMS Inc members, and costs $5 for visitors.

For more info, please contact Sue and Peter on 07 3378 5938.

Thank you to Loraine and Russell Wallace, newcomers to BUMS, who agreed to provide information for this article. Loraine said everyone was very welcoming, the venue was great, the music was fun, and the Belgian chocolate slice was delicious.


Pluck Upz is a relatively new community ukulele group from the Moreton Bay Region. The mostly Polynesian group currently practises fortnightly on Tuesdays at Murrumba Downs McDonalds from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

The group leader, Hine, had been a ukulele student of Vic Kena. Soon she began receiving a number of enquiries from other people keen to learn to play. So Hine asked Vic how to go about starting up ukulele a group. And he said … you have the skills, just do it.

With Hine in charge, Pluck Upz got off to a flying start … and in September Vic featured the band as special guests during his Sunday morning segment on 4EB 98.1Fm.

John and Keryn visited the group in November. “Pluck Upz were very friendly, helpful, welcoming, and happy to share their music. The group has a wonderful focus on fun and a lively upbeat vibe.

Pluck Upz welcomes people of ages 10 to 65+ from any cultural backgroup and skill level. Although Pluck Upz generally practises fortnightly, occassionally there are extra practices thrown in leading up to gigs.

It’s lots of fun to play along with The Pluck Upz. If you live in the Moreton Bay Region pluck up the courage to go. Hine provides excellent support for beginners. And you never know … you might learn a new language as well.

Try before you buy — first visit is free, and to join is $10 annual membership. It would be handy to take a music stand and display folder, and arrive early to tune up and have a chat before practice starts at 6:00 pm.

Visit the Pluck Upz Facebook site for updates about practice dates and venues, and the gigs they’re playing, or contact Hine by calling 0420 647 531 or emailing .

Tickets in the BUMS Big Christmas Raffle will be on sale at Coorparoo, Toowong, Ferny Grove and Northside jams, through November.

Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

You can win:

First Prize in the BUMS Big Christmas Raffle is sponsored by Tocco Italiano1ST PRIZE: Dinner for two at Tocco Italiano Teneriffe (Set Menu with Wines).  Value $250 many thanks to our sponsor Arturo Buonocore and Tocco Italiano

Tocco Italiano Teneriffe is located just outside Brisbane City. It’s a modern industrial style restaurant that evokes elegance with rustic elements of polished concrete, warm wood, copper back dropped bar and European furniture.

Tocco Teneriffe has an open kitchen and domed wood fired oven so you can watch the action from the bar and dining areas. Enjoy superb Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner and a bar area for aperitif and dreaming of Italy.



2ND PRIZE: Ukulele Instructional book and DVD packs. Each include a copy of  “Ukulele Musicality” (Trevor’s latest book) and “Hey! Want To Be A better Ukulele Player” books and DVD’s  “Percussive Strumming” and  “Hey! Your Ukulele Has More Than 3 Frets”. Value $80 many thanks to our sponsor Trevor Gollagher Music

Trevor Gollagher teaches private lessons, workshops and classes,  in Brisbane, Australia and also at many ukulele festivals around the country. As well as an author, and professional musician Trevor also owns Little Room Recording Studio.

The BUMS Big Christmas Raffle will be drawn at Jingle BUMS on Wednesday 4 December 2019. Good Luck!

CHUS Way Out West Concert 2019

Get along to a Country Music Afternoon with CHUMS (Compton’s Happy Ukulele Musical Seniors) for their 2019 Way out West Concert.

Led by Donna and Derek Farrell the CHUMS perform with all ticket sales going to aid Dementia Research. After the concert enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea..worth the price of admission alone!

Venue: Auditorium Compton Gardens Retirement Community
97 Albany Creek Rd, Aspley QLD 4034
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Date & Time: Sunday 10 November 2019
Concert starts at 2:00 pm. Afternoon tea afterwards.

Entry: Tickets $5, with all proceeds to Dementia Research.

Management Committee Nominations for 2019-2020

On Wednesday 30 October, the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society held it’s Annual General Meeting at the Coorparoo Bowls Club. The inaugural AGM Jam Sandwich was a well-attended lively event.

Congratulations to the newly elected members of the BUMS Inc Management Committee.

President: David Pedler
Vice President: Angela McGrath
Treasurer: Colin Grant
Assistant Treasurer: Sylvia Hunt
Secretary: Judy Matthews
Assistant Secretary: Peter Grace
Gigmeister: Chris Slater
IT Manager: John Henderson
Media Manager: Jo Kunde
Festival Director: Dave McGrath
Events Manager: Liz Crunkhorn
Properties Manager: Andrew Hunt

Presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc on 30 October 2019 at the Coorparoo Bowls Club

2018-2019 has been an exciting year for the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc (BUMS). It has been my privilege this year to lead an enthusiastic committee comprising the following members:

  • President:                                        Max Borchardt
  • Vice President:                                Amanda Allwood
  • Treasurer:                                        Colin Grant
  • Assistant Treasurer:                      Keryn Henderson
  • Secretary:                                        Judy Matthews
  • Media Manager:                             Joann Kunde
  • IT Officer:                                        Rob Carlyle
  • Properties Manager:                     Blair Marks
  • Assistant Properties Manager:   Andrew Hunt
  • Gigmeister:                                     John Henderson
  • Events Manager:                           Geoff Dancer
  • Festival Director:                          Dave Charles

It has been another busy year for the BUMS management, with a large number of activities, and a growing membership (from 275 to almost 300). The club could not function without its volunteers, and the BUMS Management Committee are a dedicated group of contributors who have made this past year the success it is. A special thanks must go to all members of the committee, with a special mention of Secretary, Judy Matthews, Media Manager, Jo Kunde, and Properties Manager, Blair Marks, who have been stalwart contributors, keeping the club rolling along.


With Jo Kunde as Media Manager, and Geoff Dancer in the position of Events Manager, BUMS offered a very full year of activities. One of the highlights of the year 2018 was the BUMS Cabaret which featured popular performers Ukulele Russ (Russel Copeland); Manitoba Hal (Hal Brolund); and Tyrone and Lesley (David Megarrity and Samuel Vincent); cameo performances from Totally Insane (Donna and Derek Farrell); Elvis (Mick Angeles) and Girt by C (Peter Ransom) made for an exciting evening that enjoyed much acclaim. The cabaret model set the scene for the SPRUKE opening night and is proving very popular.

The other event of significance was a troupe of BUMS band players, the BUMS Festival Group (BFG), who under the aegis of Peter Grace and John Henderson, travelled to Newcastle to perform at Newkulele. Peter Grace had prepared a narrative to link popular cover songs, which was presented as a ‘ukulele opera’. It was very well received.

2019 was the year of the fourth SPRUKE. The lead up to SPRUKE from January 2019 onwards was very busy with preparation and planning. Under the directorship of Dave Charles, and the support leadership of Jo Kunde, SPRUKE came together. This year SPRUKE was held at a different venue. The last few years of SPRUKE, the festival had been held at the Southbank Institute of TAFE. This has been a great learning experience, but the event needed a more professional environment with a greater range of facilities, better parking and more accessible catering facilities. It was decided we should try the Sunnybank Performing Arts Centre (SunPAC). The venue was most popular with sponsors, and the adjacent club facility provided adult catering. That said, for the first time SPRUKE had schools’ involvement, for which we must acknowledge Megan Thomson’s tireless efforts in bringing a number of schools to the event. SPRUKE offered an exciting program with international, national and local talent. Cynthia Lin, The Loveys, Ukulele Death Squad, Mama Juju & the Jam Tarts, the Thin White Ukes, Vic Kena, and Gypsy Rumble as headline performers made for a most enjoyable festival. Although with the new venue there was much teething involved, SPRUKE 2019 like its predecessors was a most successful event.

Many of the year’s other activities are detailed in the Media Manager’s report.


BUMS jams have continued throughout the year:

The Big BUMS Jam — 1st Wednesday of the month — held at the Coorparoo Bowls Club was coordinated during the year by the President. An exciting array of presenters prepared and hosted fun evenings with a wide selection of songs, providing entertainment and enjoyment for all who attended. Attendance numbers ranged between 80 and 220.

WE BUMS Jam — 2nd Friday of the month — held at the Hope Street Café, Boundary Road, West End, had been led by a number of different jam leaders. By June, Cath McCourt had stepped up to run the “second Friday of each month” event on a regular basis. The evening always proves popular.

BUMS Daytime Jam — 2nd Wednesday of the month — at the Toowong Bowls Club was run by Sue and Peter Sercombe with a regular attendance of between 30 and 40 each month.

The Scratch Jam — 3rd Sunday of the month — was run by Blair Marks at The Scratch Bar, 8/1 Park Road, Milton is regularly supported by 15 – 20 strummers.

Tutus — 3rd Tuesday of the month — West Toowong Bowls Club, Bywong Street, Toowong, was run by Max Borchardt is attended by around ten members each month.

Ferny Grove Beginners Jam —3rd Wednesday of the month — Ferny Grove Bowls Club, run by Linda Gough and Paul Morris is regularly attended by 50 or more strummers.

Northside Jam — 4th Tuesday of the month — held at the Northern Suburbs Bowls Club at Wavell Heights. We said goodbye to Tony Richardson who had run this event since its inception. From January, Peter Grace and Andrew Hunt volunteered to organise the jam. Attendance has varied, but generally strong, with numbers exceeding 30 on most occasions.

The Samual Grays Jam — 1st Sunday of the month — at 735 Albany Creek Road, Albany Creek, and led by Andrew Hunt and Blair Marks. It is currently undergoing a name change but the times and location will remain the same. Attendance numbers were over 40 for each of the last three events.


In addition, there have been several community bands open to BUMS members, that operate under aegis of BUMS. These are:

  • The CAGE                    Led by Ian Phillips & Becky Lochel
  • Free Range chUKES  Led by Megan Thomson
  • Flukey                          Led by Charmaine Matthews
  • NUMB BUMS            Led by Zoe Watson & John Low

A special thanks to all these jam set leaders and band coordinators.


The financial management of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc has been under the control of Treasurer, Mr Colin Grant, and Assistant Treasurer, Keryn Henderson. Full details of the financial status will be found in the Treasurer’s report.

Membership continues to grow, ensuring a reasonable cash flow. At the end of 2018–2019 BUMS had over 300 financial members.

The finances of the club remain strong. With our commitment to maintaining a not-for-profit (NFP) status, we have endeavored to keep costs of activities and events to a minimum, using club funds to subsidise member participation.


The IT portfolio has been administered by Rob Carlyle who has overseen some maintenance issues, ensured the equipment has been operational, and has recommended, replaced and purchased some new equipment as needed.


Blair Marks has continued to serve as Properties Manager, ably assisted by Andrew Hunt, ensuring the equipment is used properly, maintained appropriately, and guaranteeing the sound equipment for performances functions at its optimum. The Coorparoo Bowls Club has agreed that BUMS can install alternative storage in the upstairs storage room, to bring more order to the storage we already have. BUMS is indebted to Blair and the team of supporters who ensure that jams are well sounded.


John Henderson continued in his role as Gigmeister this year past, making sure that requests for  BUMS Bands were satisfied.


Finally a special thanks to Amanda Allwood, the Club Vice President, who has been stalwart in her support of the President, giving guidance and advice, stepping up to handle special projects, providing backing when needed, as well as a much appreciated friendship.


Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc is in good financial shape as the Treasurer’s books will attest. The Management Committee will hand over a strong club to the incoming committee. The year has been an exciting one, thanks to many of our volunteers, and their families. A special thanks to my family who put up with at least one BUMS activity a week for the last two years.  Next year looks to be another exciting twelve months.

I hereby present the annual report for the year 2018–2019 of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc.

Max Borchardt
President BUMS 2018-2019
30 October 2019

Bookings are now open for Ukulele Hawaii 2020.


  • Attend the 50th Year Ukulele Festival
  • Roy Sakuma Ukulele Studios group lesson
  • Visit famous Waikiki Beach
  • Koaloha Ukulele Factory Tour
  • North Shore “Full Circle tour”, and visit to Pearl Harbor
  • Authentic small group luau in a lush tropical jungle
  • Honolulu Zoo for the Wildest Show In Town Concert
  • Fundraising gala dinner at Sheraton Waikiki
  • Shopping at Ala Moana Centre
  • Visit Diamond Head on a breathtaking walk
  • Snorkel, swim or sunbathe at famous Hanauma Bay
  • Sunset catamaran on Waikiki beach for drinks and music
  • Centrally-located quality accommodation

Contact Travel Focus Group on 1300 733 323 or 02 4234 1175 or to request a booking form and the complete Terms and Conditions. Pay a $300 per person deposit to secure your place. Balance due 17 May 2020.

Tom Harding, Coorparoo, Oct 2019.

Did you know that George Michael’s Faith was based on a 12th century manuscript? And that it rocks  to a Bo Didley beat?  Tom (the Pom) Harding provided these facts — and more — while he wooed his willing workshop audience at Friday night’s two-part Disco Funk Workshop at the Coorparoo Bowls Club.

Tom’s a master strummer. To achieve perfection like his, it’s extremely important that you position your uke correctly (on your pie shelf), use your arm like a crankshaft  (not a piston) and make hand movements like “a pinch of salt”.  Tom exuberantly took us through On the Road with different parts, wittily calling out the “postcodes” for chords.  He followed up with a rousing rendition of Video Killed the Radio Star, ….. Something by Beautiful Sharks, brilliantly illustrating his mastery of rhythm and melodic voice.

In the 2nd part of the workshop, Tom shared his motto, “subdivision gives funk”. He gave examples of different rhythms in Fast Car, Material Girl, and Coming Out.  Counting is King!  Simple 4/4 beat counting is transformed by placing emphasis on 3rds, 5ths, 8ths – and – grooving to a 16 beat Bo Didley rhythm (while chanting I – like – fish – and chips). The promised funkenado evolved,  swelling into a rousing finale.

Tom’s a high-octane rhythm master who can keep a group toe-tapping for two hours, with plenty of humour.  So-oo glad we went, thanks Tom!

By  The Spectator.