Band bound for world stage
A band playing the 50th Montrose Jazz Festival in Switzerland later this year, features during this Sunday’s Sounds of Summer in the Esplanade.
Neon Fusion, a Feilding High School jazz band is making its SOS debut.
The eight multiinstrumentalists will give any genre a go – pop, funk, swing, ballads, rock from Glenn Miller to Bruno Mars – as long as there’s an arrangement for the horn section.
The core of the band has been playing together for two years with its two newest members joining last year. School music teacher and band director Danielle Philipsen says Neon Fusion are preparing for performances at concerts at Montrose and in Germany in July.
Another Sounds of Summer newbie is Daniel Webster. the R&B and alternative rock guitar player and singer is a graduate of UCOL’s contemporary music programme.
Stanley Pedigree (James Pikari)) has been part of the Manawatu music scene for years. His experimental hip hop flavoured sound will be augmented by collaborator Dirty Hairy, aka Stomach co-ordinator Matt Davies.
Finishing off is a set from class clowns and serial Sounds of Summer-ners, the Bing Turkby Ensemble, the only outfit in the 2016 line-up to have played every SOS show
SOS is in the Esplanade, Sunday from 2pm to 5pm.
Montrose bound, seven members of Feilding High School’s jazz octet Neon Fusion, from left, Tipuna Rakatairi, Ainslee Smithers, Sophie Coleman, Sarah Hercock, Sam Shore, Lachlan Bush, and Bailey Jewell, play Sounds of Summer this Sunday.