Back to ‘Normal’! ~ (Back to the Uni) …

… whatever ‘normal’ is for Northern Rivers NSW as we grapple with recovering from this year’s monster flood!

After a short stint at St Peter’s in Goonellabah (THANKyou to the Anglican Church there), we’re so very pleased to announce that we’re now back rehearsing in the performance space within Southern Cross Uni’s MUSIC DEPARTMENT [also known as ‘D’ Block].

Rehearsal times are still 6.15pm setup, so aim to be there for 6pm.

Stands & charts are provided if you don’t have your own.

QR sign-ins no longer apply; masking is optional.

Please contact our Band Leader/Musical Director, Ben van Kleef, if you have any queries re: instruments, or our Secretary, Letitia, if you have any special needs or concerns:

  • Ben ~ 0432 575 911
  • Letitia ~

Love to see you there!

Temporary rehearsal venue from 14/3/22

Our usual venue at Southern Cross University is unavailable as it is being used as a flood evacuation centre.

We have found a rehearsal venue in Goonellabah, which will be available until we are able to return to SCU rehearsals. 

Rehearsals will remain at the same time: arrive at 6ish, Monday evenings, for a 6:15 start. 

Venue: St Peter’s Anglican Church, 53 Deegan Dr, Goonellabah NSW 2480

Please bring instruments, music, music stand, drip cloth and a can-do attitude and we shall get through this difficult time together.

10/10 for 1st Rehearsal back! :-)

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On Monday 18th October we had 10 musicians at rehearsal ….

  • 3 saxaphones [tenor & alto]
  • 2 clarinets
  • apologies from 1 flute, 1 french horn, & 2 other clarinets 😦 [returning either next week or 1Dec]
  • 1 trumpet
  • 1 baritone
  • 1 trombone
  • 1 tuba
  • 1 conductor/musical director

…. Not bad for 1st night back amidst pandemic-induced vax rules & stormy weather …. And how gooood it felt to be playing together again!

After chit-chat, setup & quick catchup, from 6pm we played the following pieces, with the usual starts & stops + final proper play-through:

  • Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen
  • Little Brown Jug << Variations of
  • Coventry Carol
  • Deck the Halls with Old Composers

See you again NEXT week: Monday 25th October

5.45pm for 6pm start [see our last 16thOct blogpost for details re: current participation criteria, thanks]

STOP PRESS!!   Band rehearsals are ON again!! :-)

Post-lockdown restart of rehearsals means that we have to stick to the ‘Double-Vaxxed only’ rule from 18th Oct 2021 until 1st December 2021, after which no such restrictions will apply … What this is all means is that we still need to do QR checkins, sanitise hands, bring our own clean cloth for water emissions ... but ADDITIONALLY, the Uni wants to know how many of us to expect after-hours, so please text our dear band leader, Ben, on 0432 575 911, or email our secretary, Letitia, at, to let either of them know of your intention to arrive [so that they may in turn advise SCU of total numbers].  Thanks in advance for your understanding & cooperation, as we are obliged to follow the conditions outlined by our host, Southern Cross Uni, as well as current State regulations, + we want everyone to be well.  … EITHER WAY!  Get practising, ‘coz soon you can be making sweet harmonies with us regardless of your current vax-status or other health concerns. Can’t stop the music!  🙂

3rd Term Rehearsals: Week1 CANCELLED

Photo by Toni Begley


Please be advised that, amidst current uncertainty re: spread of the SARS-2 virus, Southern Cross Uni has tightened its policy re: gatherings on-campus, leaving us to make the hard decision to cancel tonight’s rehearsal … ~ … SINCERE APOLOGIES FOR SUCH SHORT NOTICE.

Please stay tuned for ongoing advice re: next week’s Band Practice as we continue to be guided by SCU policy, but don’t let that stop you from PRACTISING! 😉


Lismore City Concert Band Committee



How excited we are to not just be playing music again, & not just gigging, but playing with so many other musicians at Resonator Music‘s upcoming World MAKE MUSIC DAY celebrations outside its store @ Boeing Avenue [near the airport].

Image: Get ready for BATTLE OF THE BANDS!!! … Musical Directors/Conductors, Ben van Kleef [Lismore City Concert Band] & Laurie Green [Ballina Shire Concert Band] take a fighting stance 😉

LOCATION! :   26 Boeing Avenue, Ballina [outside RESONATOR MUSIC]

10am << Opening Act = TWEED COAST BAND

11.15am << Supporting Act


Rumour has it there’ll be a BBQ

MORE INFO:   See Resonator Music‘s FB page ~

Image: Some of the recent media coverage of this exciting event


It’s that time of year again!

But we’ve evolved from pizza in the corridor at the Con to dinner in the Conference Room at the Sherwood!

  • LOCATION! :   Conference Room @ The Sherwood Hotel [75 Molesworth St, Lismore]
  • START TIME:   7.30pm  [i.e. after Band practice finishes at 7pm, head over to the Sherwood]
  • DINNER:  Check out the Hotel’s menu to see if it caters to your dietary needs; it’s possible to PRE-ORDER your meal so that it’s ready soon after you arrive [We’re all usually pretty hungry after Band!]
  • HOTEL WEBSITE & MENU: [Below is a screenshot of the Menu; go to the actual website to view or download the PDF version.]