We Need A Home For John's Cats

We are looking for a permanent home for two lovely cats. John Collins, the previous conductor of the Dandenong Ranges Orchestra, has become very unwell and won't be coming home from hospital. We would love to be help him out by finding his cats a nice home. Please spread the word.

If you are interested please call 9754 6566 or email:

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John's other cat

Ranges Music Festival 2017

We are delighted to announce Yarra Ranges Council will support this event in 2017.

Date: Thursday 16 November and Friday 17 November 2017
Venue: Monbulk Township

Music workshops and performance opportunities. Any groups, bands, choirs across the Yarra Ranges interested in participating please email

More information when plans are finalised.

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The Dandenong Ranges Music Council Incorporated is an arts organisation serving the Shire of Yarra Ranges and beyond. The office is located in Upwey in the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne. The DRMC has been funding, facilitating and teaching community music for over thirty years. The Dandenong Ranges Music Council Inc. is assisted by Yarra Ranges Council.

We believe community music is for everyone, beginner to professional. It enriches our lives and gives us opportunities locally to sing, play, perform, jam, create and listen.

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Revisiting Spirit of the Mountain

'Spirit of the Mountain' was a bushfire recovery project for Ferny Creek Primary School and community after the 1997 fires.  The song ‘Island In The Sky’ was written by Suzie Davies Splitter and Phil Splitter using the children’s words.  It will be the 20 year anniversary in January 2017.  

The DRMC have a collection of songs relating to bushfire education and recovery.  These can be used to educate the community about being prepared as well as remembering past fires and those who lost everything.   If you are interested in being involved in a fire awareness week project in 2017 please contact

Listen to ‘Island In The Sky’ now, the song features The Ferny Creek Primary School Choir of 1997:

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2016 Community Heritage Grant

The DRMC has been successful in its application for 2016 Community Heritage Grant for a Preservation Needs Assessment for the DRMC Music Collection. This will include CDs, DVDs, Videos, Sheet Music, Books, Programs and Photos.

The outcome of the project will be recommendations for the methodology and priorities to plan for the conservation activities and collection management.

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