The Rebel Orchestra

We are a group of 5 selected students aged 12 – 16 years old who attend The Beat Lab, a school in Wollongong for Drum Tuition. The original members Tom, Anshu and Aiden have been playing and performing in the group since 2012. Jess and Jonah joined the group in 2013 and we have recently given ourselves a formal band name, The Rebel Orchestra. We decided on this name for our group as we believe that we are quite experimental and push some boundaries of what you would expect of the usual band you might see or percussion section of an orchestra.

We compose all of our songs ourselves with the help of our teacher Sally Wiggins. Our songwriting and performance style is influenced by Bucket Street Buskers from london and Germany, The Beat Meisters (Wollongong), Stomp, and The Hot Scots Drum Line. Our individual influences range from Progressive Rock, Jazz, Dance and Popular music styles, so anything that is good really!

Our instrumentation in the band is all percussion and drums! We use Cajon, Djembe, Bongos, Drum Kit, Cowbell, Dun Dun and even sometimes buckets! We have performed at Spring Into Corrimal 2012/13; The Palm Court Hotel 2012; Ryans Hotel Thirroul 2012/13; City Diggers Wollongong 2013/14; a fundraising event at Russle Vale Community Hall 2014; The Grand Finals in the Thirroul Seaside Festival 2012/13; The Illawarra Folk Festival in 2015 and the Wollongong Eisteddfodd 2015 receiving a Highly Commended award and a mark of 89/100 for our first ever performance at this event and we have even been on WIN News in 2013!!

We believe that people would like to see us perform live because we are younger than most live bands, we are unique and experimental, we have some good drumming skills and we even add a little humour to some of our performances.

For information on booking performances with us please talk to our drum tutor Sally via her email: or phone The Beat Lab on (02) 42 431 351.

Here are some videos of some of our recent performances:

The Illawarra Folk Festival 2015:

City Diggers Wollongong 2013:

Rebel Orchestra at Folk Festival 2015

Rebel Orchestra at Folk Festival 2015

Rebel Orchestra at City Diggers 2014

At City Diggers 2014