Welcome Project

The Welcome Project

We’re launching the 2019 Welcome Project on February 18th for you.

8:00 pm to 9:15 pm Monday nights in Oakleigh Hall, Drummond Street, Oakleigh.

The Welcome Project is a special place to pick up an instrument for the first time, (or the first time, in a long time).

Playing in a brass band offers the chance to meet new people and then to make new friends. But it can be daunting to be the only beginner, especially when there is lots to learn.

In the capable hands of Oakleigh Brass, our innovative approach to adult learning aims to help every member of the group improve their playing skills, ultimately becoming ready to take their place with new friends in the main band.

We will be running 2 groups – one for people who have some experience and one for beginners – which one are you?

The sessions will include time to socialise and share experiences – not just bashing out some notes.

There will be homework, so you will need to practice at home, and can help you get the most of this too. As with any new skill, we can’t turn you into an expert overnight, it will take time, however, the journey is very much the reward.

Cost – the very first 10 weeks are free, instruments are also available free of charge to get you started.

Places are available for adults wishing to become  brass players or percussionists.

To help get started please email these details to: jointheband@oakleighband.org.au

  • Your Name
  • Which instrument would you like to play?
  • Do you already have an instrument?
  • Do you have any prior band experience?

Welcome Project 2018

Our graduates performed with the band for the first time October 2018 – what an achievement.

And their feedback?

“Complete beginner or rusty musician- supportive and fun environment to get you playing with the band”

Follow the link for more feedback.

Daniel McIlvride – Principal Tutor

Dan’s success as a brass teacher is well known, encouraging all of his students to perform at their best.

Dan’s view of instruments is “I really like trombone”, fortunately, he is very versatile and teach skills across the range.

Dan currently holds the position of Jazz Trombonist with the Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne. As a current serving military musician Dan has performed nationally with the likes of Katie NoonanEmma PaskDavid Helfgott and the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra.

As a freelance commercial player Dan has played with many well known Melbourne-based groups such as The Quarter St. Orquesta (2013 Clave Contra Clave winners), the Melbourne Ska Orchestra (as seen on Channel Ten), Soul Safari and Andrew Nolte and His Orchestra. Dan was a member of the pit orchestra for the premier of the Australian musical Strange Bedfellows, was a part of the backing track for the Channel Ten feature Love Your Sister, and has arranged for the popular TV show Dancing With the Stars. Dan also maintains an active role with many community groups in the Melbourne region, including Oakleigh City BandNicholas Chamber Orchestra and Box Hill City Band.

You can hear Dan as a featured soloist on recent Royal Australian Navy Band albums such as Compositions (2015), the Box Hill City Band album 125 Years (2014), and the Nicholas Chamber Orchestra album Peter and the Wolf (2012).

Dan is proud to be a performing artist on King instruments.