Fa­mous big band in­spires musos

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Wine - Therese Col­man

Young mu­si­cians of the Mar­garet River Con­cert Band were given an “ac­cess-all-ar­eas” pass for the Glenn Miller Orches­tra last week­end.

The band trav­elled on Sun­day to watch the orches­tra at Bun­bury Re­gional En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.

MRCB di­rec­tor Tony Barugh said the per­for­mance by the Glenn Miller Orches­tra was where he wanted to take the band.

“We wanted an out­ing for our mem­bers, mainly so our younger play­ers can ex­pe­ri­ence en­ter­tain­ing live mu­sic,” he said.

“And then for our­selves as a band, we don’t want to just play mu­sic, we want to cre­ate en­ter­tain­ment.”

Caitlin Lu­cas, who plays flute, and Saf­fron Sgroi, who plays alto-sax, were given back­stage ac­cess to meet and greet per­form­ers after the show.

Lu­cas said she found the per­for­mance “amazing” and meet­ing the orches­tra was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The op­por­tu­nity has in­spired me in my play­ing with the Mar­garet River Con­cert Band as we seek to recre­ate the fun and bril­liance of the jazz era,” she said.

Sgroi said the pas­sion shown by the en­ter­tain­ers was in­spir­ing.

“I feel very hon­oured that I am able to play and per­form with ex­pe­ri­enced mu­si­cians in the Mar­garet River Con­cert Band,” she said.

“I will join other bands, and maybe go into teach­ing and per­form­ing with friends.”

The Mar­garet River Con­cert Band trav­elled to Bun­bury last week­end to watch the Glenn Miller Orches­tra.

Pic­tures: Sil­via Busetto

The band met the Glenn Miller Orches­tra at BREC.

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