Robert Cooke, Stephanie Bradshaw, Ann Duffett, Alison McGann, Garry Smallman and Alex DeBoo, 4.

MUSIC lovers across Sunraysia will be rolling out in numbers on Saturday to Chaffey Aged Care for to the official launch of the Merbein Village Band.
Offering a space for local people to learn, enjoy and play music together the band plans to meet regularly on Saturdays from 1pm and all budding musos and lovers of live music are welcome.
“This is a completely new community initiative for Merbein!” Merbein Village Band Director, Alison McGann said.
“The idea came up when I and a few other musicians were talking about the local opportunities for people to play music in groups that are currently available. What we realised was that Gol Gol has a band, Mildura has the brass band and orchestra, but there wasn’t anything in Merbein.
“Following six to nine months of asking around and getting feedback, we have created the Merbein Village Band, which is a space for students, adults or anyone who loves music to come along and play music!
“At first, we are planning for this to just be an opportunity for people to come together and have fun – we aren’t ruling out performing down the track, but at the end of the day, that will be a group decision if that happens.”
According to Alison, the band is open to all ages and even those who have never laid a hand on an instrument.
“No experience is needed! – all anyone needs is an instrument and a love of music!” she said,
“For example, if someone had a saxophone and didn’t know how to play or was at a beginner stage, all they need to do is bring it along and they will be taught! The age limit is open to everyone as well, from children to retirees – currently our youngest member, Alex who plays percussion, is just four years old!”
With 15 confirmed members already, the musicians of Merbein are in good hands. Alison is both an experienced and enthusiastic instrumental music teacher, is also band director of Gol Gol Community Band, the Mildura South Primary School Band, and had guest directed for the Mildura District Orchestra and the Mildura Musical Society.
Already experienced with teaching a variety of instruments to students of all ages and abilities, Alison said that the Merbein Village Band welcomes all instruments!
“We have no restrictions on instrument, bring along a tin whistle or a classical harp! It doesn’t matter, it’s all just about the love of music!”
For more information, please email the committee at merbeinvillageband@gmail.com, or contact Melissa Taylor on 0410 484 123.