The Dumfries and Galloway Big Band will be performing a set from mid-day tomorrow (Saturday, September 27) at the The Lockerbie Jazz Festival on the main stage at the Lockerbie Town Hall, and to make it an even more exciting prospect, they are being joined by Gordon Campbell, lead trombonist with the BBC Big Band.
The Dumfries and Galloway Big Band was set up in late 2013 with the aim of attracting musicians of all ages and levels to get involved with weekly rehearsals.
The aim has always been to nurture both a professional big band (with musicians of a professional standard) and a community big band comprising everyone else that is interested in being a part of the venture. Currently, sponsorship from business in the region is being looked at with a view to setting up a scheme that will encourage both beginners to take up an instrument and those that wish to rediscover long forgotten skills to enter the fold.
Big band founder, Andrew Turnbull says: “The Lockerbie Jazz Festival is a great way to get the word out there; to every town and village in the region. The word is: we want you to join us for our regular rehearsals. As well as being educational and providing an opportunity to grow musically, it is meant to be fun and a great way to socialise with others. It isn’t just the professional band that will be given an airing in public; I would hope the community band gets its chance to take part in local events and any other opportunities that may present themselves. Watch this space!”