Hitchhiker's Guide to Victorian brass bands

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Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Since arriving in Melbourne, I have been eager to do some playing with local brass bands. I have been fortunate enough to attend rehearsals with three bands (Oakleigh, Boorondara and City of Port Phillip) during the last couple of weeks. Thanks to David Watson, the following information may also be useful to visiting musicians:

Tramways Brass Band (A Grade)
Hawthorn RSL, on the cnr of Manningtree and Glenferrie Rd's, Hawthorn.
Mondays 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Oakleigh City Band
Oakleigh Hall, 142-144 Drummond St, Oakleigh.
Mondays 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Stonnington City Brass (D Grade)
Stonnington Band Hall near Malvern Town Hall, cnr Glenferrie Rd and Malvern Rd.
Tuesdays

Booroondara Brass (B Grade)
Hawthorn Band Room, opposite Glenferrie oval just off Glenferrie Rd.
Wednesdays 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Moorabbin Brass Band (B Grade)
Wednesdays 8:00pm - 10:00pm

City of Port Phillip Brass Band
St Kilda Surf Life Saving Club, 46-47 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda.
Alternate Thursdays 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Today I spent the afternoon visiting the Crown complex on the Yarra River for the all-you-can-eat International Buffet at the Sante restaurant. Alex and I ate like kings for a day instead of travellers, and definitely got our $13 worth. After a suitable break, sitting at a riverside cafe, it was time to take advantage of discount Tuesday cinema. We watched the new film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (for $5.75 each).

I enjoyed it. I'm in no doubt that many other Douglas Adams fans will enjoy it too. And many fans will probably criticise it also. Maybe even the same fans. Not all of the movie comes directly from the radio shows / books so there are a few surprises in there too. They changed the shape of Marvin, but it was nice to see the original robot make a cameo appearance.

Tomorrow I leave Victoria and travel south (via a 10 hour overnight ferry) to Davenport in Tasmania. I'll be touring around the island with Jorgen (from Denmark), Dominik (from Germany) and Sheila (Jorgen's car). As it is low season now (only one overnight crossing per day) the ferry costs $108 per passenger (one way) and $10 for the vehicle. It costs as little as $59 inclusive to fly to Tasmania from Melbourne airport, but we'd rather do this road trip together from the start. Tasmania will be my forth Australian state / territory, only four left to visit!
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