Some­thing quirky for Big Band

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

While swing num­bers might be stock in trade for Taupo¯’s Great Lake Big Band, band di­rec­tor Rowan Bol­ley also likes oc­ca­sion­ally to test au­di­ences and his mu­si­cians with some quirkier ar­range­ments.

A num­ber of these will be show­cased when the band’s 15 com­pe­tent mu­si­cians round out the mid­day con­cert se­ries for 2018 on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7 at St An­drew’s Angli­can Church.

Es­tab­lished for over20 years the Great Lake Big Band will play some old and new com­po­si­tions as well as a hand­ful of fresh ar­range­ments of Christ­mas songs.

Rowan thinks it’s never too early to run through a Christ­mas tune or two. He says the band’s Tom Ku­bisver­sions of old favourites like Deck the Halls and Jin­gle Bells, and the en­ter­tain­ing God Rest Ye Merry Trom­bones, are al­ways likely to be in­cluded. A multi-lay­ered ar­range­ment of The Bea­t­les’ Eleanor Rigby by Eric Richards, will also be one to lis­ten out for, as will the Gor­don Good­win Big Phat Band’s Count Bubba — whose 230 or so bars race by so quickly one band mem­ber has qui­etly dubbed it ‘Count You Lub­ber’.

Vo­cal­ist Jo Paull will again join the band for sev­eral favourites like Or­ange Coloured Sky and I’ve Got You Un­der My Skin.

The hour-long con­cert on De­cem­ber 7 starts at noon. En­try for adults is $5, and chil­dren/stu­dents $2.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come.

■ For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact or­gan­is­ers El­iz­a­beth Mar­shall on 378 9296 or Tracey Lid­ing­ton on 027 240 9228, or see the Face­book page Mid­day Con­cert for de­tails.

Great Lake Big Band

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