Ian Phillips became a BUMS Inc member in March 2013. An avid supporter of BUMS activities, Ian’s contributions began when he organised a group of students to swell the BUMS contingent for Brisbane on Parade.

In March 2015, Ian established the BUMS Inc community band, The CAGE, and prepared them to perform at SPRUKE 2015 in September. He also entered his fledgling school ukulele group in the KidsSPRUKE Uke’n Make Music Contest, and was awarded second place.

From November 2015, Ian injected his enthusiasm and love of music into two terms of office as President. During this time he established the junior BUMS Inc band, Free Range chUKES. This encouraged Associate Membership for primary and secondary school students. In an innovative approach to classroom music, Ian conceptualised and ran UkeFest 2016. The mini-fest for primary school students and music teachers demonstrated a new way of arranging music for ukulele assembles. As President, Ian also coordinated the Coorparoo Jam, and continued to assist in this capacity throughout 2018 and 2019.

Ian performs at community events and ukulele festivals with The CAGE and A Hint of Rosemary. Between 2016 and 2019, Ian ran workshops at the Bulimba Uke Fest, Ukes at the Winery and the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival. In his spare time, Ian volunteers at SPRUKE, coordinates festival billets, and leads sets at jams. He also provides valuable musical advice to BUMS members and bands, most notably the BUMS Festival Group that performed at Newkulele in 2019.

During the 2020 pandemic, Ian led the way for ‘ukulele in lock-down’ by uploading songs to Facebook almost every day. His songs were eagerly awaited by Ian’s music-loving audience so that they could sing and play along.

Ian has made a tremendous contribution to BUMS Inc, particularly the involvement of young people in BUMS activities. He is an inspiration to many of our members.