Media release for our recent 10th Anniversary Concert
An article by Lee Tate, Senior Journalist
They’ve been making a big noise in the Hills for years and now the Hills Big Band is about to hit their highest note as they notch up 10 fabulous foot-tapping years.
Using its formal title, the Perth Hills Jazz Orchestra is about to reveal a secret – the formation of a second Hills community band. The 10-year milestone - significant by any standard in the world of music - will be marked by a boomer concert in the Midland Town Hall on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm, led by Music Director, Geoff Collins.
Normally, not one to blow his own trumpet about the band, Musical Director Geoff Collins said: “The band has reached a very exciting stage of development. “The standard is exceptional and membership has grown to a degree that a second band under the Perth Hills Jazz Orchestra banner has become a real likelihood.”
The Hills Big Band has really kept the Hills alive with the sounds of music. The musicians have performed at more than 70 events from community gatherings and fund-raisers to jazz festivals, formal balls, concerts, agriculture shows, a jazz club and private functions.
Band members, from the Hills and Perth suburbs include professional musicians, teachers, ex-soldiers, university students, business people and retirees. Founding President, Music Director and Life Member, Dr Murray Swain, will feature at the event with talented vocalists and guest musicians.The band has attracted sponsors including Shire of Swan, Shire of Mundaring, Mundaring Community Bank® branch Bendigo Bank, Lotterywest, Commonwealth Government and supportive retailers.
Band President Peter Tate said renowned musician Steve Richter of Tetrafide Percussion fame will be among featured artists for the music extravaganza. Steve is an Eastern Hills High School old boy.
“The program will include a selection from our extensive repertoire - over a century of great music in styles as varied as Swing, Funk, Latin and Jazz. “The long life of the Band is due to the fact that musicians in the Hills will always need a place to play - somewhere with a positive, friendly group environment, music leadership, sound administration, community demand and, of course, quality music,” he said.