The 51st Darlington Arts Festival was a great success.
The whole oval was a mass of marquees, displays and entertainment with people milling around enjoying the cool spring weather.
The Hills Big Band played on the Main Stage on Sunday 2 November, to an enthusiastic audience.
The set included jazz favourites such as "Tuxedo Junction" and "Night and Day".
Much to the band's relief, there was no interruption from rain, windstorm or flies.
The first weekend in November sees the Darlington Arts Festival spring into action. This fun-packed festival offers lots of different activities such as workshops, art exhibitions and live entertainment.
Looking for a great activity for Sunday October 5th? Come and "Walk the Zig Zag" at Gooseberry Hill, near Kalamunda. The 3km scenic route winds its way down the hill, with live entertainment including the Hills Big Band, plus food stalls, camel rides and other family activities along the way. This event is free!
The Northbridge Piazza Live, on 27 April 2014, started well.
Café Jazz opened the concert with a sizzling set.
Gary introduced the Hills Big Band and expressed a desire for a continuation of the sunny weather, to match the fine music about to be performed.
The Hills Big Band launched into their opening tune “Splanky” (composed by Neal Hefti, arranged by Sammy Nestico) featuring solos from Arthur (Alto Saxophone) (standing with his back to the camera, far left),
Steve (Trombone) (out of camera view, but that's his trombone slide on the right)
and Jes (Tenor Saxophone).
A few raindrops falling here and there - perhaps this would be just a very quick light shower, hardly noticeable. That would be ok, wouldn't it? Perhaps not.
It soon became apparent that the weather gods had other ideas for this concert - the sky darkening, heavy raindrops becoming more constant. Oh dear.
The front of the stage quickly became a mess of puddles as the rain increased. Quick-thinking sound technicians cut the power to prevent damaging electrical equipment, or worse, electrocuting musicians. Can't have that.
Simultaneously, members of the Hills Big Band suddenly noticed Kieran (Musical Director) adding a novel instruction to his conducting skillset - abandon stage! Everyone grabbing what they could, retreating to the shelter at the rear of the stage, and nearby greenroom, to dry off and assess damage.
In a typical ironic twist, the rain disappeared after five minutes, returning the day to its former beautiful sunshine with occasional patches of cloud. But the show could not go on, because the PA speakers and all the rest of the sound equipment at the front of stage were sodden beyond safety limits.
March 1st turned out to be an overly warm Saturday afternoon for the concert in Northam's Bernard Park. Nevertheless, an enthusiastic crowd gathered with eskies and camping chairs to enjoy the riverside shade and Hills Big Band.
The next performance of the Hills Big Band will be part of Northam's "Summer Concerts in the Park". An evening of free outdoor entertainment in Bernard Park, Northam, on Saturday 1st March sees the Hills Big Band kicking off at 6pm, followed by Proof Big Band at 7pm. Sure to be a Big Band Bonanza! For more info, and to see what else is on offer, check out the Avon Advocate or Shire of Northam website.
The Hills Big Band will play one of their biggest gigs of the year when they hit the stage at The Ellington Jazz Club this weekend!
GLEN Forrest Primary School has raised nearly $30,000 to help improve school facilities.
In April we played our first gig of the year for the Canning City Council in its Canning Music Series in support of the “Act, Belong, Commit” health campaign.
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.