The Northern Rivers Big Band has been performing swing music on the North Coast for about 60 years. Their music is a re-creation of the big band era (Glenn Miller) and retains all the sonic thrills that only a big band can give you.
The Kyogle and District Arts Council is bringing the Northern Rivers Big Band to the Kyogle Memorial Institute this Sunday, March 28, at 2pm.
The band was formed by Stan Chilcott in the 50s. It was then called the Stan Chilcott Band. He purchased a building near the rowing club in Lismore and put springs under the floor for dancing pleasure. Stan named this dance venue The Riviera.
Every Saturday night dancers and lovers of good music would flock to ‘The Riv’ (as it was affectionately known) for some good music and some hot moves. Unfortunately Stan’s love for flying was to end his career tragically when he died in an aircraft accident. After a memorial concert held for Stan the musicians decided to keep the music going by forming the Northern Rivers Big Band.
It now has 18 members with a few still remaining from the original Stan Chilcott Band.
Tickets for this swing and jazz concert are available at the Roxy Gallery in Kyogle or from Gateway Office Supplies (also in Kyogle).
Tickets are $15/10 and $35 (family).