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.
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.