NUMB BUMS was the second community band formed by BUMS. Established in 2013, and the group made its debut festival performance at SPRUKE that year. In case you’re wondering, the name stands for Northside Ukulele Musicians Branch of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society Inc. BUMS Inc members who are interested in joining a community band are welcome to come and ‘test the water’ at the group’s weekly sessions on Monday evenings at the Zillmere Community Hall on Murphy Road. Band members arrive at 6:30 pm to set up for a 6:45 pm start. If you want to know more, please email the Gigmeister (email@example.com). One of the band’s lead singers, Peter Grace, tells us about the bands activities for 2018.
For me, it’s been another entertaining year as a member of NUMB BUMS. We are the BUMS community band based on the Northside of Brisbane.
As with other groups, the membership of the band varies due to a range of factors including work, travel, health and family. This year, there have been 13 ‘regulars’ who have formed the core for our practices and performances. We lost some of our female singers during the year, and were delighted to welcome two newcomers just in time for Christmas.
We have a very talented team. Several of our members branched out and complemented our performances with instrumentals on other instruments.
Over the year, we have performed at 13 functions including BUMS jams, retirement and aged care facilities, for Christmas functions and charitable groups. Also, ten NUMB BUMS members were part of the BUMS Festival Group (BFG) that performed at the Newkulele Festival in Newcastle in October.
Developing our skills and confidence is a key aim of NUMB BUMS. Being in an enthusiastic group of players means all sorts of opportunities come up to perform at jams, opens mics and in other groups. When I glance down the list of our members, I note that all of us have performed publicly in other settings this year. Ahh – the ukulele can take you anywhere. Peter Grace