‘Band on the Run’ Darwin Tour

Our recent Band Tour to Darwin was written up by staff at Charles Darwin University. Huge thanks to Trisha Mellow, Martin Jarvis and Leif Sundstrup for supporting our young musicians.

Here is a copy of the article.


 The 2011 ‘Band on the Run’ youth choir visited Darwin for a week. Dry season breeze, burning hot sun and cool evenings, the young musicians’ performed to admiring crowds. An orchestra of 26, with Students from grade 3 – 6 from Rosebud and Boneo Primary School, Melbourne Vic were joined by 2 musically talented Year 9 Students, and Volunteers. With a large ensemble of instruments they belt out 22 songs, mixing it up with tunes like Hogan’s Heroes March, Smoke on the Water and Rock Around the Clock.

The group has visited Doctor’s Gully for fish feeding and Litchfield Park to have a dip at Wangi and Tolmer Falls. Tuesday they participated in an intensive training & jamming session with the local Army Band. Wednesday the group performed to an appreciative crowd in Students Square, at Charles Darwin University. The famous Conductor & CDU Lecturer Martin Jarvis made a special appearance to meet these musical travellers, and CDU Artistic Director Leif Sundstrup took a quick break to enjoy their performance.


‘Band on the Run’ performed on Thursday at the Darwin Mindal Beach Markets, which is attended by hundreds of people each week, it has been named the Best Multicultural Markets in Australia by Chanel 9’s GETAWAY program, and on Friday welcomed in a cruise ship of Territory visitors, and restaurateurs at Stokes Hill Wharf.

The delightful visitors submerged themselves into experiencing as much of our city and people that time allowed during their tour, including using public transport. I was inspired by their sweet music and their friendly spirited souls.

Story by: Trisha Mellow, Secondary School Liaison, Community Engagements, Charles Darwin University NT


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One Response to ‘Band on the Run’ Darwin Tour

  1. murcha says:

    I have been to Darwin twice and each time visited the Mindil markets. I love the food there. One time it was New Years Eve and fireworks were legal in the Northern Territory. There were sparklers, rockets and other crackers going off everywhere on the beach front.
    How exciting that you were able to play there. Did you get a lot of people stop and listen to you? Were you busking and if so, did you get any funds to help you with your trip?

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