The Dumfries and Galloway big band have reached their first milestone in giving a successful debut performance at the Lockerbie Jazz festival last weekend.
The event took place last Saturday afternoon at Lockerbie Town Hall with every seat taken to watch the band give its first performance since rehearsals began last April. To add to the excitement, BBC big band Lead Trombonist, Gordon Campbell, was at hand to sit in with the trombone section. With a full complement of 17 band members the band went headlong through a 40 minute set that included such classics as On Green Dolphin Street, Stella By Starlight, Jumpin’ at the Woodside. The band was joined by Wigtown-based New Yorker, Hope London who sang, ‘My Funny Valentine’. The set was wrapped up with a funky rendition of the 70’s Starsky and Hutch theme tune during which a few of the players let loose with improvised solos, concluding with a drum solo by young protégé, Euan Leslie from Dumfries.
Andrew Turnbull, the big band founder and director said: “I’m rather pleased with how our Lockerbie performance went. In actual fact, it was the first time that all the players have performed together as it has proved difficult thus far to get everyone together in the same place at the same time to rehearse. But we pulled it off and the sound was terrific. Indeed, the players present were a coming together of the two big bands that have been nurtured since the start; one is a professional big band and the other is a community big band that is open to everyone.”