Invitation to 'Jazz in the Hills'
An afternoon of swing, latin classic jazz performed by an 18 piece big band, with special guests the Sinatra Experience band.
See DR Big Band page.
Invitation to a Performance and Exhibition
The Youth Music Awards for 2018 have been announced. The respective prize winners are:
Bill Borthwick Young Musicians Encouragement Prize 2018
- 1st Prize ($300) to Eve Ferrie (Alto Saxophone)
- 2nd Prize ($200) to Elaine Li (Violin)
Mark McAlister Brass Award 2018
- Prize ($150) to Aaron Denny (Trumpet)
The Ann and Chris Krans Music Award 2018
- 1st Prize ($300) to Gilda Ferrie (Violin)
- Equal 2nd Prize: Timothy Kan $200 (Piano)
Emily Wu ($200) (Piano)
Applications for 2019 close: Friday 26th October 2018.
Adjudication is scheduled for Sunday 11th November 2018.
The DRMC hosted the AusNet presentation of 'Energising Your Community’ equipment grants on Tuesday 25 July at 6pm. Thirteen Yarra Ranges community groups have received a total of $20,000 in grants from AusNet Services as part of a program to support projects delivering positive long-term benefits for the region.
Recipients were presented with their cheques by Gary Hocking, AusNet Services’ Customer and Support Team Manager. The DRMC will spend their grant on music equipment.
See the AusNet Services' Media Release...
Wednesday, 3 May, 2017
UPWEY HIGH SCHOOL UPGRADE INCLUDED IN STATE BUDGET
The DRMC will have a new home as part of a $10m upgrade to Upwey High School.
The project is part of a $685 million investment announced in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state as well as creating local jobs.
DRMC Board member Ray Yates said ‘In this day and age, it is inspiring to find that ambitions and aspirations are the guiding light for our local member, the Honourable James Merlino. This new facility for DRMC will be a boost for our musical community and a beacon for the development and promotion of music and arts in the core curriculum'.
Read the full Media Release.
'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:
You can read an article about the original 'Spirit of the Mountain' project here.