10th May, 2020

As you may know, the Mudgeeraba Music Centre is graced by a large treble clef on the exterior of the building, being a bit of a local feature. President Alby managed to find time to give the treble clef a facelift, with a fresh coat of paint and some re-invigoration. HCB Life Member 92-yo Noel was also able to be there to help – maintaining their social distance of course!!

It’s a great improvement – helps to draw attention to our venue.
Thanks to both!

Take a gander at what these gents got up to on our Picture Gallery Page.

1st May, 2020

The following is an extract from the Gold Coast Bulletin regarding ANZAC Day. This is certainly a good news story and one which is welcome in this current climate of isolation and negativity. Good on you Gary!


We need to report and, as a local community, continue what are the best of the new things to emerge during the coronavirus. It’s not so difficult to find the very best of us out there on show. I received a call from legendary rugby league commentator George Doniger before ANZAC Day, explaining how he was trying to track down a trumpet player for a local ceremony.

George has a huge contact list in his phone through sport and surf. He and Mick ‘Farmer’ Veivers were the best television sports commentators when the Brisbane Rugby League in the 1970s was arguably the greatest game of all. So he eventually found Gary Spriggs and offered to pay him, but the Hinterland Community Concert Band member would not accept any money to play The Last Post.

An audience of more than 200 had turned out, some on their balconies with Aussie flags draped over and candles on the railings. Best sunrise ever at Bilinga, just south of the surf club. A resident asked George: “Will you do it next year?” Yes he would, even bigger. Plans are under way for a sausage sizzle. Some new traditions are worth keeping.

29th April, 2020

It’s always great to tell the good news!  And our Association – the Hinterland Community Band Mudgeeraba Inc – has some more good news to announce: 

Our revised Constitution has been approved and registered by the Office of Fair Trading.

This is the official document which governs the operation of our Association. Thanks are due to all members who contributed to the review and to those who attended the AGM where it was accepted unanimously.

25th April, 2020

ANZAC Day 2020 – Lighting Up the Dawn

With the closing down of the usual ANZAC Day 2020 ceremonies due to COVID-19, we commend our musicians who participated in supporting the ANZAC Spirit by playing in the street to ‘Light Up The Dawn’. Several, not only the trumpet players, learnt and performed The Last Post on their instruments, whilst others stood in their suburb to recognize this important day.

See photos on the Picture Gallery Page.

5th March, 2020

At the AGM of the Hinterland Community Bands this year, two new life members of the organisation were inducted. George O’Brien and Noel Underwood were both recognised for their long-standing support and involvement in the HCB’s history. Both gentlemen are outstanding members of the local community and in addition to being active players with the concert band, they also both regularly assist with other band activities (ie. fundraising, maintenance, events, setup, etc).

Congratulations to George and Noel on their life membership of the HCB. Very well deserved!

If you would like to read the citations for these inductions at the 2020 AGM, please use the link to the document below:

Life Membership – George O’Brien and Noel Underwood 2020

15th January, 2020

Welcome back to everyone for a very busy year ahead.

3 new experienced members – flute, trumpet and trombone – have joined the Concert Band. Rehearsals have commenced for the Australia Day events, with the morning at the Hinterland Heritage Museum celebrations and the afternoon at the Lions Club Australia Day Citizenship ceremony.

22nd December, 2019

The Concert Band recently performed at Robina Town Centre on the Promenade, as part of their Christmas Series for 2019. By all reports, the band played very well and received the following feedback from the Town Centre Management:

“Thank you so very much! The team who were here on-site yesterday said you guys were great and really lifted the atmosphere down on the Promenade. We would absolutely love to have you back in the New Year as I’m sure we’ll have loads of opportunities arise.”

This concert concludes the HCB’s activities for the year. We would like to wish all our musicians, their families, our supporters and all those who have been involved with us over the past twelve months all the best for Christmas and a cracking start to 2020! See you then!!

16th November, 2019

Our Concert and Swing Band Members are very busy just now with their performances. Thanks go to those members who were able to arrange their commitments to attend and play at the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in Mudgeeraba last Monday –  we were well represented and greatly appreciated. Also to Michael Smith for his rendition at Pac. Fair that day.

The next performance is by the Hint of Swing Big Band  playing at Twin Towns on Fri 22nd Nov from 2 – 3 pm (Qld time – free entry).

The dates and venues for Christmas Carols by the Concert Band have now been confirmed. The Band is NOT playing at the Firth Park Mudgeeraba Carols this year but doing 2 other events; Sunday 15th Dec, 12 noon at Robina Town Centre on The Promenade (a 1 hour performance for general publicthen the following week, on Sunday 22nd at 12 noon, they take their performance to the Robina Hospital.

Following these events there will be a well earned break for the holiday period in readiness for what appears to be a busy year ahead.

10th November, 2019

On Saturday 12th October, the Concert Band performed well at the Robina Auditorium as part of ‘Linking You Locally’ – an event organized by the Library. We were proud to have our new young members, Jean-Luc Auffret (drums) and Griffin Light-Law (trumpet) joining us, as well as Richard Williams on timpani, returning member John Stennett on trumpet and several of our Hint of Swing Big Band members sitting in. The event was very successful and gave us many contacts for the future involvement of our bands in the local community.

While mentioning the Hint of Swing Big Band – October has been busy with concerts at Earle Haven Retirement, Rhode Island Resort, South Tweed Bowls Club and preparation for Twin Towns on 22nd November.


19th October, 2019

The Hinterland’s Michael Smith performed at the Young Conservatorium Concerto Concert on the 19th of October, on Brisbane’s South Bank. Michael played the Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major by Johann Hummel and by all accounts, did a fantastic job of this piece. Well done Michael!!

22nd September, 2019

On Sunday morning 22nd September, we had a very successful Working Bee. The 4 gazebos were assembled. Installation of the racking in the garage and library has been completed. Noel began to update the signage on the trailer.

Thanks to the planning and organization by MMC Manager David Gibson and HCB President Alby, we achieved what was proposed. Concert Band DoM Dave managed to survive the morning after a stint of shift work. While we didn’t have many volunteers we really appreciated the time and work given by the 12 who attended – thanks for the support you gave to our Association.

15th September, 2019

We are purchasing racking for our library and garage areas to help with flood mitigation. The required items have been ordered with final delivery expected in a fortnight. When the materials arrive to be installed, we invite members and friends to assist us when a date is set to construct the shelving. Many hands make light work and with the support of our internal community, we are sure that this will be a quick task.

17th August, 2019

It is with great pleasure that we welcome our next President, Alby Chamberlain, to lead us through the busy times ahead.

There was strong emphasis on the recommendation that a musician accept the role and it was achieved. Alby has been a continuing member of the Association since February 2005 and is the only musician who regularly plays with both the Concert and Swing Bands. His main aim is to rebuild the Concert Band with musicians who are about to leave local high schools, in addition to those musicians who are practicing or returning to their instrument. We wish Alby all the best in the administration and leadership of this organisation moving forward.

22nd July, 2019

Over the weekend, the ASPIRE Youth Music Festival was held on the Gold Coast. This event involved musicians from local schools and ensembles in a celebration of high-level music and what our young people can achieve. Our own Jessica Wood performed on alto saxophone with the All Saints Anglican School’s jazz band and came out on top as division winners. Congratulations Jess and the musicians of your ensemble!!

21st July, 2019

It is with sadness that the HCB combined bands and committee report the resignation of Bill Stinchcombe as president. Bill has served a number of years as president and in this role, has presided over the operations of all three bands. His leadership and presence in the local community has been a gift to the organisation and he will be missed. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors and look forward to seeing you again down the track.

9th June, 2019

The Hinterland Rookies Band is the newest ensemble to operate under the combined Hinterland Community Bands, being brought into being early this year. The ensemble consists of a concert band format and encourages musicians of early stages in their development to participate in the band environment as a stage before the Concert or Swing Bands. Musicians wishing to participate in this ensemble are recommended to be able to read to at least two octaves of music for their given instrument and have some basic instrument proficiency. All else that is needed is a love of music and a willingness to share it with other members of the local community.

Below is an image from the local news advertising this new band and three of its members. Welcome to the Hinterland Community Bands and play on!

26th January, 2019

The Hinterland Concert Band performed at two events on Australia Day this year, being a concert at the Hinterland Heritage Museum and at the Mudgeeraba Citizenship Ceremony. Both performances were well-received by those in attendance, as is evidenced by the letter below.

hcb australia day thankyou letter 2019

9th December, 2018

As the year of 2018 comes to a close, the Hinterland Bands and administration would like to sincerely thank everyone who has been involved in their operation. The band exists to make music and to provide opportunities to its members, which eventually culminates in a product which is enjoyed by people in the community.

In rounding out the year, the bands would like to invite members, families and supporters to a combined Christmas celebration on the evening of Thursday the 13th of December. This night will commence at 6:30pm and consist of merry-making, music and memories. The Dalseno String Ensemble will also be in attendance, as will experts on the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) for those interested in its function.

For those who cannot make it to our Christmas event, we would like to wish you all the best for the Christmas period and look forward to seeing you in the new year for more music!

7th November, 2018

Noel Underwood received a feature in the Gold Coast Sun newspaper today, regarding his role as a volunteer in the Gold Coast community. We have been very fortunate to have had the friendship and musicianship of Noel over the many years he has been a part of our bands. May there be many more years to come!

31st October, 2018

The Rookies Band Toot, Learn, Laugh & Play Day – 24 Nov 2018

Calling novice and rusty musicians of all ages who play woodwind, percussion, brass or electric bass. This band was made for YOU!

The Hinterland Community Band was created in 1995 by Ex RAN Navy Band director, Vic Knowles in 1995 to provide a low cost and supportive opportunity to learn and play in a concert band. Since then the HCB has performed in hundreds of community events. Recently Vic retired, handing over the baton to David Underwood who has been playing in and leading community and brass bands for over 30 years.

Recognising the lack of entry-level banding opportunities on the Gold Coast the HCB is excited to announce the start of a band for inexperienced players, those who have been learning for a year or so, those that played in the past or those learning a second instrument. The Rookies band launch is Nov 24 and music reading musicians of all ages are invited.

The Rookies band launch is an inclusive and easy entry into the fun of playing in concert band for woodwind, brass and percussion instruments (sorry, no strings – except bass guitar). The one day program at Mudgeeraba Music Centre (MMC), Firth Park, offers a meet and greet, morning and afternoon tea, a tasty lunch provided by volunteers from Mudgeeraba Lions Club, fun, instructional workshops for each instrument type and the experience of sitting in and playing with a concert band.

The event culminates with a family and friends concert at the Mudgeeraba Foundation Centre, 7 School St 6 pm, where Rookies get to sit in with the senior band and perform several pieces for their fans before enjoying a 40 min concert by the senior band of music you know and love. Entry for guests is by donation. The full-day program costs $25 for students of all ages, adults $55, family $60. This is a wonderful opportunity for young musicians, school leavers or rusty players of all ages who are looking for a friendly and fun, no pressure banding experience.

Seats are limited so book your place ASAP on and enter ROOKIES in the Buy Tickets search box at our use this link:  Rookies band bookings

Enquiries by email to or message us on Facebook at Hinterland Community Band.

This is going to be a fun day with lots of opportunities to learn and laugh. Bookings Essential.

29th October, 2018

The Hinterland Bands have just taken ownership of a defibrillator unit, which is a lifesaving device capable of delivering a calculated electric shock to the heart in the event that it is no longer beating. This expensive device was kindly donated by the Gold Coast City Council from their available pool from the Commonwealth Games earlier this year. While we hope never to have to use it, the availability of a defibrillator is a valuable addition to band operation and will enable the Mudgeeraba Music Centre to enjoy enhanced health and safety for its users.

21tst October, 2018

The residents at Rhode Island Resort kicked up a storm on Sunday 21st of October whilst being entertained by the HCB Swing Band. The program, whilst mainly jazz/swing standards such as ‘One O’Clock Jump’, ‘Moonglow’, ‘Stardust’ (this one featuring Allan Murray on trumpet), was well received. The band volume increased somewhat as the storm noise intruded. Thus the band competed with up-tempo numbers, such as a thumping version of ‘Watermelon Man” featuring John Pieri on guitar solo.

Sharon Rowntree turned up the volume on her new PA equipment after her jazz bracket and let it rip singing her versions of ‘Rockin Robin’, ‘River Deep Mountain High’. The weather then eased off so Band Leader Roger Munsie finished with the usual end of night wrap-up, with the quieter ‘’Moonlight Serenade’ which was apt as the sky cleared.

29th August, 2018

For those history buffs among you, the article in the following link may interest you.

Mudgeeraba Music Centre

This gives a brief outline of the Gold Coast City Council works which resulted in the Mudgeeraba Music Centre as it stands today. Mentioned are the design features of the building and its previous occupation as dressing sheds for the nearby sporting fields. There are also a number of images in this article, a few of the better ones included below as a teaser from the past.

16th August, 2018

The Hinterland bands would like to welcome three new members to their ranks:

John Wheatley (Trumpet – Swing Band)

Linda Rohrs (Bassoon – Concert Band)

Lindsay Duff (Trumpet – Concert Band)

Welcome guys and enjoy the music!

14th August, 2018

We have received some very positive feedback from the community after the most recent performance of the Hinterland Swing Band. Below is a copy of the feedback received:

Message of thanks to Band Leader, Roger Munsie and Vocalist, Sharon Rowntree, for the Hinterland Swing Band gig on Sat 10th August.
“I just want to extend a huge thank you for your wonderful, and extremely professional, performances at our ‘Big Band & Paella Night’ last Saturday. 
The positive comments from the audience have been exceptional! 
Could you please pass on our gratitude to your band members.
Let’s hope that we can ‘play it again Sam’ . . .”

25th July, 2018

The Swing Band again performed for the Residents last Sunday in the Community Centre at Aveo Banora Point. This was the third time the band has played and once again there were about 40 residents present who were very receptive to the entertainment. It was a varied program featuring some of the band members. There was a very nice afternoon tea provided where the band met many of the happy residents.

We have been invited back  on 4th November.

10th June, 2018

The AGM of the Hinterland Community Bands was well attended at the Mudgeeraba Music Centre on Thursday 7th June.


  • A new Management Committee was elected
  • Certificates recognizing Long Service (20+ years) were presented to: Mike Randle, Carol McGavin, Noel Underwood, George O’Brien, Vic Knowles
  • A farewell presentation was made to retiring Concert Band Director, Vic Knowles and Eliza.

The President’s Annual Report is available below:

HCB President’s Report 2018

23rd May, 2018

Please be advised that the AGM for the Hinterland Community Band will be held on Thursday the 7th of June, commencing at 6:30pm. All are invited to attend and to have their say on the HCB’s future leaders and events.

25th April , 2018

It is with sadness that the HCB reports the retirement of long-term director and founder, Vic Knowles, from directorship of the Hinterland Community Band. Vic’s association with music on the Gold Coast and in particular the Mudgeeraba area, is steeped in history and he has been at the forefront of community music since his retirement from the Royal Australian Navy (where he served as music director for the Australian Navy Band). Vic announced his decision to retire from active directorship of the HCB shortly prior to ANZAC Day this year and his transfer became official immediately after this day of national commemoration.

All at the HCB and the Hinterland Swing Band wish Vic all the best in retirement and hope that he will lend his clarinet skills and advice well into the future.

What do we think of Vic…

He’s alright!!

23rd July, 2017

Here’s one from the archives! Please use the link below to access an article written about the Hinterland Swing Band following their performance at the Tweed Valley Jazz Club in 2016.

Tweed Valley Jazz Club (Swing Band) 2016

16 July, 2017

This is a bit of a late notice but the Mudgeeraba Music Centre is back open for business as a centre of arts and community in the Mudgeeraba area. The venue has been laid with new carpet, the electrics have been tested for faults and the interior has been made fresh since the damage from Cyclone Debbie. For everyone who has been involved in this process, the community and users of the centre thank you for your work in restoring this important part of the local landscape.

The Hinterland Band and Hinterland Swing Bands are both now using their home venue for rehearsals and meetings. If you are interested in joining either of these bands or were keen to pick up musical interests of days past, please come along to a rehearsal or drop us a line via this website.

1 April, 2017

Many thanks to all those who turned up and assisted the clean-up of the HCB music centre in Mudgeeraba following the storms from Cyclone Debbie. This was a massive undertaking and was only possible with the strong community support enjoyed on the day. The centre is badly damaged in regards to electricals, carpet, equipment, the van and other stored assets. It is our hope that we will be able to re-build from here and still remain operational in the Mudgeeraba area as a community-based music ensemble.

For the short-term, we will be practicing at the Church of Latter-Day Saints on Mudgeeraba Road.

26 January, 2016

Happy Australia Day to all!! Today is the day when we can show our national pride and most importantly, welcome in new Aussies from around the world. We are a nation of acceptance, equality, mateship and giving everyone a fair go. As such, the HCB will be involved in welcoming in our new locals at the Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall at 1:30pm.

If you would be keen for some earlier morning music, come by the Mudgeeraba Heritage Museum at 10am for some great tunes, an Aussie BBQ and a good yarn. We look forward to seeing you there mates!

Aussie Aussie Aussie!!

11 January, 2016

The HCB would like to wish every one of its members, followers, well-wishers and listeners a very positive start to the new year. As always, the band and its director, Vic Knowles, is looking forward to bringing you an enjoyable range of performances throughout 2016. The usual Village Green evenings/afternoons will still be held (weather permitting) and there will be a number of other concerts during important yearly dates, such as the upcoming celebrations of Australia Day. The band is looking forward to seeing you at one or several of these events throughout the year.

As a community organisation, the band welcomes members from the local and wider area to come and play with us. All concert band instruments are welcome, as are big band instruments for the Hinterland Big Band. Any level of proficiency is welcome as we work on a ‘you try us out’ basis with no auditions or preconceptions. Not a musician…no worries!! You can still be a part of the band in a supporting role, which really makes operations that much easier throughout the year.

Stay tuned for more updates, pictures, stories and ramblings as 2016 progresses. Be safe and always remember…a day without music is a day wasted!!