Everyone welcome! UTCMP band members range in age from 10 to 80+
It’s never too late
Ever wished you had taken up playing a musical instrument as a hobby? Well you are living in the right place. Launceston is one of the few community programs in the country where players can join a band without being able to play a single note. Beginners Band could be the start of your musical journey.
For young players
UTCMP will accept anyone over the age of 10. It provides a fun, educational environment in which to try out different musical instruments to see which suits you best.
Just come along, have fun and start practising!
Each player is required to pay an annual membership fee of $160 which contributes to the annual operating costs of the program. Please note that there is an additional $30 fee for Beginning Band to offset the cost of the extensive tutorial sessions. No books are required for purchase and there is no compulsory private tuition although it is recommended. A music folder will be provided to you so you can practise at home.
Our concerts provide the opportunity for members to show friends and family what they have achieved musically and to introduce classical music to younger members of the community. UTCMP holds approximately three concerts per year for all ensembles in the program. Our concerts are held in a professional venue at the university and we are fortunate to have a very strong musical team of professional conductors and tutors to ensure our players perform well.
Concerts are usually held at the Music Auditorium, University of Tasmania situated at Newnham Drive, Newnham. This venue enables all our players to experience performing live in a quality acoustic venue. The seating arrangement in the auditorium provides excellent viewing for the audience and there is easy access for disabled or elderly patrons.
Where: University of Tasmania Auditorium (Room A107) located in “A Block” situated at Newnham Drive, Newnham, Launceston. See grid reference BF22 in the map below.
Ample free parking.
For experienced players
Do you have a musical instrument gathering dust? Would you like to start playing again? Just moved into the area? Join UTCMP where you can further your musical training and rene performance skills with like-minded people in an enjoyable environment.
New experienced players who wish to be placed in advanced ensembles will be required to audition to enable placement within the program. Placement is at the discretion of the Conductor. Individuals are asked to prepare a short piece and be prepared to sight-read music. No accompanist is required.
What type of music will I be playing?
The program owns an extensive repertoire of musical arrangements. During rehearsal time ensembles will play music that ranges in style from hymns to contemporary movie scores. Our repertoire includes music by composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, George Gershwin, Vaclav Nelhybel, Brian Hogg and Percy Grainger to name just a few.
What will I learn?
Musical rhythm and notation will be taught as well as guidance in tuning, pitch and basic music theory.
When: Every week during school terms
Monday 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Wednesday 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Tuesday 5:30pm – 6:45pm
Tuesday 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Monday 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Duration: Varies between 1.5 hours and 2.5 hours, including a short break with time to chat and have a cuppa.
Members are expected to attend all rehearsals and concerts. Band members depend on each other for productive rehearsals and to perform successfully at concerts where each player’s full participation is required.