Swing through time with two of Canberra’s finest big bands

Glynis Quinlan 11 June 2019

The Blamey Street Big Band rehearsing for their ‘Swingin’ Through Time’ performance on June 29. Photos: Supplied.

The Canberra Big Band Collective will hold the second in their series of ‘Around the World’ public events for 2019 on June 29, with two of the city’s finest bands taking people on a journey through the decades from early swing to the best of the modern era.

TraXion and Blamey Street Big Band will be supported by the Canberra Swing Katz Dance Club at the ‘Swingin’ Through Time’ event to be held at the Canberra Big Band Collective’s new home – the Harmonie German Club.

“These evening shows are a great opportunity for us to challenge ourselves to master interesting pieces and showcase the range of music that big bands play,” said the Musical Director of TraXion, Jim McMullen.

“It’s given us the chance to improve as musicians and share that with the audience and our friends and families.

“Joining with the broader Canberra community as part of the Big Band Collective has been really rewarding for us. The audience is in for a great night,” he said.

TraXion performing, with Dom Wheeler on keys.

Brendan Clarke, Musical Director of Blamey Street Big Band, added that his ensemble “has been a feature of the Canberra music scene since 2002”.

“We play a wide range of big band music from different eras. This event will provide a great opportunity for people to come down and experience the music of the great big bands, including those of Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton and Gordon Goodwin,” Mr Clarke said.

The ‘Swingin’ Through Time’ event will be held on Saturday, June 29 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm) at the Harmonie German Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah. Food (meals and/or snacks) and drinks will be available for purchase on the evening.

You can book online to attend by clicking here or going to: https://www.eventbrite.com.au. Tickets costs are: Adults $25; child under 13/concession $10; family $55 (includes 2 adults and up to 3 children); CBBC member and guest $25; dinner and show $60; table (up to 6) $125.

At the door sales will be available at slightly higher prices.

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