The Melbourne chapter of the Riff Raff Radical Marching Band has a strong and proud history dating all the way back to 2013. Just like our big sister in Sydney, we dress up in red and black, and we make gloriously loud noises that sound awesome.

“When We All Throw Abbott Out”

March in March, 15th of March 2014

It’s super easy to get involved, all you need to do is sign up to our mailing list here, and come along to our rehearsals. We rehearse fortnightly, Monday nights at 6-8 PM in the 5th Northcote Scout Hall at 5 Ethel St, Thornbury. Just pick up an instrument, and come down! If you want to play a instrument, but don’t own one, contact us via Facebook or email, and we’ll arrange a drum for you and teach you how to use it!

Please ‘like’ our Facebook page here, and please sign up to our mailing list here

Our email address is


These are some of the pieces we play down in Melbourne:

  • Bella Ciao (D minor)
  • A Message to You Tony (Bb Major)
  • When The Saints Go Marching In (Bb Major)
  • Solidarity Forever (Bb Major)
  • Down By the Riverside (C Major)
  • Ain’t Nobody by Chaka Khan
  • Let My People Go
  • Killing in the Name
  • Beds Are Burning
  • Breuges Tanz
  • Can’t Frack This
  • I Feel Like Funkin it up (F Major)

You can find the sheet music for some of these pieces at the bottom of this page

Sheet music

Bella Ciao (D minor)

A Message to You Tony (Bb Major)

Ain’t Nobody

I Feel Like Funkin it up (F Major)

Last updated 21 January 2018

8 Responses to Melbourne

  1. Finlay Batts says:

    Hey. I used to be pretty handy with a trombone and looking for a band. Still play occasionally so not horrible. Saw you guys on Sunday at the rally and emerge fest and keen as to get involved. Any chance I can come along and have a play? I also work at Melbourne Uni at the gym so only a short walk to union house on a Thursday. Look forward to hearing from you.

    • Jeanette says:

      Hey Finlay, did anyone ever reply to you?

      We’ve been on a bit of a break but our first rehearsal for 2014 is this Sunday 2 March at 11am in Brunswick West.

      Send me a text if you want the address! 0422 222 880. 🙂

    • Naima says:

      Hi Finlay! I know this is very belated but Riff Raff are currently rehearsing on Thursday nights at M.U. union house 6-8, preparing for the big Climate Change Rally on the 27th of November. We’d love you to come and play – give Sully a call on the above number for more info. P.s. We rarely check this webpage, obviously! Sorry about that!


  2. Peter Hinton says:

    Hi play the trombone a little and my daughter and a friend can do some percussion was wondering if it’s ok to just turn up and join in ?
    What are the tunes you guys have chosen ?


    • Miranda says:

      Hi Peter!

      I’m so sorry this has taken so long. We don’t seem to get notifications from this website…

      We’d love to have you along! We’re setting up more regular rehearsals this year, so if you are still keen, please join our facebook group, or email us at and we’ll add you into our information list!



  3. Shazza says:

    Hi, How do we join up?

  4. Tatiana Bystrin says:

    I have a marching drum for sale cheap if anyone is interested. It has a harness and a mallet.
    I’ve just put it on ebay for $60

  5. Josie says:

    Just wondering if you’d be able to perform at our local event coming up.
    We would need from you is a 2-3 minute performance which includes choreography, instruments and outfits.

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