Free concert by Big Band

21:32, Jun 12 2014

The newly renamed Invercargill City Big Band will unveil its new look with a free concert at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery on Sunday.

Known as the Crazy Rhythm Big Band since soon after its inception in 1978, the Invercargill City Big Band has recently gone through a changing of the guard, with longtime musical director Bruce Chilton handing over the reins to saxophonist Paul King. The 16- to 20-piece band is sporting a new look as well, with uniforms and banners bought with help from the Invercargill Licensing Trust.

The big band was originally formed by Southland schools music adviser Max Stewart to encourage young people to read musical charts, and now has a library of more than 500 musical scores, ranging from music by Glenn Miller to Maynard Ferguson. More than 60 musicians have passed through the band’s ranks.

The band will play a two-hour concert at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery on Sunday, starting at 2pm. Entry is free.

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