BUMS has four community bands, three based on Brisbane southside and one on the northside. They are open to all financial members. You don’t have to audition to join. You just have to be a member of BUMS and be keen and willing to learn and contribute.

• Out On Bail started up earlier this year at Rocklea.
• NUMB BUMS has been operating at Zillmere since 2014.
• The Sublime Ukelectics started up earlier this year at Corinda State School.
• A group using the James Hill learning method started earlier this year at Corinda State School

Here’s an update on what the bands have been doing.

Out On Bail

This band is an initiative of Darrell Reeve and meets at his private studio in Rocklea. The current focus is developing a set list of Australian rock classics. They are currently working on 10 songs from artists like Daddy Cool, Brian Cadd, Skyhooks and the Radiators.

They’ve had an awesome start with 18 people getting involved in the band with an average of 10 to 12 turning up each week. Anyone who misses a rehearsal can catch up with what went on via the band’s YouTube channel. The channel has songs from rehearsals as well as tricks and tips to help with individual’s own practice.

Out On Bail in practice

Darrell’s private studio has capacity for 20 people at current COVID guidelines. This makes it a bit tight at the moment and if more members join, they made need to find a larger practice space. Anyone wanting to join “Out On Bail” can contact Darrell at "> or phone on 0408 632 930.


The last year has been especially challenging for the band because traditionally they got their greatest pleasure from public performances. In 2019, for instance, they had 18 gigs. These were for community groups, charities, child-care centres and virtually anywhere we were invited. Over the last few years, they performed at City Sounds, QPAC Green Jam, SPRUKE— Brisbane’s Ukulele Festival 2015, 2017, 2019, Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival, Newkulele 2019, SunPAC 2020, and various local community festivals from Caboolture to Redland Bay.

Not having upcoming performances has meant the band has lost the anticipation, excitement and focus that a gig provides. In addition, they meet on a Monday night at the Zillmere community hall and a number of practices were cancelled at short notice due to COVID restrictions.

NUMB BUMS workshopping

The band has had to revise the way it operates. They are re-jigging their set lists and introducing new songs. The regular agenda now includes short skill improvement sessions and regular open mic opportunities for individuals or small groups to ‘strut their stuff’.

Practising regularly with the same group encourages friendships and musical collaborations. Many members of NUMB BUMS get together as small groups outside of the normal practice sessions. The smaller groups have developed their own song lists and played at jams and open mics. Smaller groups are not impacted to the same extent by COVID restrictions as are larger groups playing in public facilities.

For more information contact NUMB BUMS coordinator John Low on ">

The Sublime Ukelectics

The band is an initiative of Becky Lochel. In case you wondered, the name means Southside Ukulele Band Living In Musical Ecstasy! Thanks to Scott for the fantastic logo!

The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month (excluding school holidays) from 2-4pm at Corinda State School. It’s had four rehearsals so far this year, with about 20 attendees each time, who have enjoyed working on a variety of songs from Old Dan Tucker to Mother Nature’s Son and more.

Our arrangements combine various strumming techniques as well as melody and harmony singing parts.

Sublime in practice

Grace and William have started a tradition of an open mic performance after the mid-session break, which is exciting. This will hopefully help members with their confidence and mic skills.

Here’s what one of the band members had to say about The Sublime Ukelectics. “Joining the BUMS group has improved my playing heaps. I love the music choice and being introduced to new songs.” – Gail

The band is excited by an upcoming performance for the Montessori Teachers conference in June. It will be great to have a performance to work towards.

For more information on The Sublime Ukelectics contact Becky on ">

James Hill Group

This group is an initiative of Ian Phillips. It meets once a month at Corinda State School. So far, they have met twice with about 25 to 30 people attending.

The band’s aim to is learn music through the traditional methods of music theory for note reading, plucking, scales, arranging and improvising and two-part singing. They also will develop skills on the ukulele itself, for example, hammering, slides, combining strumming and plucking together and moving further down the fretboard.

The band has a private Facebook page where players can post their achievements and others can learn and be inspired from what is posted. Meeting once a month means regular practice at home is essential.

Has it been an easy ride so far? Not at all, but members are enjoying the challenges and the reports of “Wow I have just achieved this” is what makes this group exciting to be in.

Initially, the group is theory based but as the skills improve the group will turn into being creativity based. This is what we are on about, having the skills to be creative in music making. For more information about the group, contact Ian on ">


New BUMS Performing Groups for 2021

2020 saw the closure of The CAGE. As this door shut another has opened that may well suit you.
Becky Lochel and Ian Phillips, who led The CAGE, will continue in 2021 at a southside venue (to be confirmed) but the format has now changed.

A new band will operate under the tutelage of Becky Lochel on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.

The James Hill method of learning will operate under the tutelage of Ian Phillips. This will be on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

First meetings

The start dates for each group will be announced when we have a confirmed venue.

Both groups will run independently (but in reality, you can commit to both as if it was The CAGE still operating). Both groups will be performing groups but will run with a different focus. Becky’s group will be run similar to The CAGE with a focus on singing and playing together and hopefully a greater focus on performing (obviously COVID-dependent). Ian’s group will have a major focus on musicality (plucking, note reading from the traditional music staff, music theory, arrangements as well as strumming and singing) with a lesser focus on performing.

We need commitment

We do ask that if you join, that your commitment to either group is strong. That means, practising will be expected and the ability to not commit to anything else on those Sundays. If you cannot commit majorly to that, we believe this is not for you as we believe the groups can only be strong as the weakest link.

Hopefully, we can answer some of your questions.

Frequently asked questions

  • Do I have to go to both groups? No
  • Can I commit to both groups? Yes. There is an understanding that you will attend most scheduled sessions and practise tasks at home between the sessions.
  • Do I have to be at a certain level of proficiency to join? No. The groups are open to anyone at any standard of playing ability.
  • Is there a cost to this? No. We do ask for a gold coin donation each week which will go towards afternoon teas (when COVID times begin to end) and resources.
  • Do I have to be a BUMS member to come along? Yes. BUMS have allocated funds for hall hire and public liability insurance. If you have not renewed your membership now is the time to do so. It is $25 from now to June 2021.
  • When will this begin? We are not sure yet but please express your interest and we will keep you informed.
  • What do I need to do now? If either group or both groups interest you, please email an expression of interest to Becky and/or Ian.

We look forward to your responses. New Year! New Start! New Ventures!

Expressions of interest

All band members must be financial BUMS Inc members. To express interest in joining one or both or the bands please email:
• Becky () if you are interested in joining the community band.
• Ian () if you are interested in joining the James Hill group.
If you want to belong to both groups, please email Becky and Ian separately.
Please include the information we need to maintain our contact tracing records.
First name, last name, phone number, email address, postal or street address

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.