DRMC presents Community Music for all ages and abilities
Through Music Arts our mission is to create and strengthen community bonds and wellbeing
We believe music is a core human need and that group music making has a binding effect on people and community.
We engage with professional artists locally and internationally
The Dandenong Ranges Music Council Incorporated is an arts organisation serving the Shire of Yarra Ranges and beyond. The office is located in Upwey in the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne. The DRMC has been funding, facilitating and teaching community music for over thirty years. The Dandenong Ranges Music Council Inc. is assisted by Yarra Ranges Council.
We believe community music is for everyone, beginner to professional. It enriches our lives and gives us opportunities locally to sing, play, perform, jam, create and listen.
'Spirit of the Mountain' was a bushfire recovery project for Ferny Creek Primary School and community after the 1997 fires. The song ‘Island In The Sky’ was written by Suzie Davies Splitter and Phil Splitter using the children’s words. It will be the 20 year anniversary in January 2017.
The DRMC have a collection of songs relating to bushfire education and recovery. These can be used to educate the community about being prepared as well as remembering past fires and those who lost everything. If you are interested in being involved in a fire awareness week project in 2017 please contact
Listen to ‘Island In The Sky’ now, the song features The Ferny Creek Primary School Choir of 1997:
The DRMC has been successful in its application for 2016 Community Heritage Grant for a Preservation Needs Assessment for the DRMC Music Collection. This will include CDs, DVDs, Videos, Sheet Music, Books, Programs and Photos.
The outcome of the project will be recommendations for the methodology and priorities to plan for the conservation activities and collection management.
The photo at right shows Jude Fraser undertaking the Preservation Needs Assessment on the DRMC Music Collection.