"If you build it, they will come"
Not quite a Field of Dreams, but the loss of the first House of Hum in Randwick left the boys without a practice venue for the short term. Thank you Jono Seifmann who took over the mantle of our generous host from John Stanton and volunteered the room under his garage. And so, over a few sweaty weekends in January the lads set to work clearing out the storeroom, the insects and the dust. John procured the polished floorboards from an old bowling alley and some carpet, Mark supplied the circuclar saw and the underlay, Jono the water and DR and Richard the muscle. Greg did what Jewish men have done on building sites for generations - he stayed well away from any sharp objects! With swelling pride the boys put together a reasonably soundproofed, tidy and very functional rehearsal room and with the soundpads on Jono's drums allowing everyone to hear themselves for the first time in years, the band seemed ready to take on the world once again.
After a rocky start, a local party in Queens Park for a pre-wedding bash proved to be the Hummers first outing for 2016 and what a great night it was. Practice certainly made...better and the enthusiastic crowd of nursing staff and medicos from Prince of Wales Private Hospital grooved to the beat late into the warm autumn night. Next up another Friday at the Royal which saw a crowded room and a sparkling performance by The Hummers.
But it was to winter that all attention turned and the promise of a Saturday night spot at the Royal followed by the return invitation to the Clovelly Eagles annual function, this time at the larger Bronte SLSC. A hundred Bondi locals at the Royal, 200 Eagles parents at Bronte and both crowds went home exhausted from singing and dancing all night. So enthusiastic was the response that The Hummers were back in October for a party at their new favourite venue followed by another spot at their other favourite venue, the Royal.