RAINBOW COAST BIG BAND
“We used Rainbow Coast Big Band for our Albany Chamber of Commerce end of year Christmas function and it was the best decision. It really made the event sparkle. It’s not often you can get this calibre of music in a regional city. We are so lucky to have them right here in the Great Southern. We would recommend them to anyone who want to add a special touch to their event.” - Benita Cattalini (CEO ACCI)
The Rainbow Coast Big Band are a big band for the Great Southern region of Western Australia, playing swing and Latin music for dancing and listening.
If you know big band music, you’ll know it’s the biggest, swing-in’est sound around, and fantastic for dancing. With no big band in the Great Southern region for many years, the ASCBB team got together and decided to swing!
The band is comprised of some members of Albany’s first big band, Will Upson’s Rainbow Coast Big Band, and some other members of the Great Southern’s musical community.
“Will had started a Big Band in Albany in the late 1980’s and it used to play gala balls, dances and openings such as the Albany airport opening.” Said ASCBB organiser and trumpet player David Rastrick. “Will had gathered a lot of great big band music charts together, and we found them in trumpet player Greg Farr’s shed.”
Adrian Kenyon, journalist, pianist and founder of the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra arrived in Albany, bringing even more big band charts.
“We've now got about two-hundred-and-fifty tunes to select from.” said Rastrick. “We’re a bit split for choice, and are practicing up as many tunes as we can, to provide music for swing dances and more.”
Band members and deputies include Alan Burnfield - alto sax’, Jo Lucas - alt sax’, Robbie Bush - tenor sax’, Mike Louwen - tenor sax’, Karin Bush - baritone sax’, Liz Lister - baritone sax’, David Rastrick - trumpet, Greg Farr - trumpet, Alison Steer - trumpet, Matt Cabala - trumpet, Justin Laing - trumpet, Sally Bishop - trombone, Lyndsey Bush - trombone, Ron de Jong - trombone, Patrick Elms - bass trombone, Dan Mijat - guitar, Adrian Kenyon - piano, Grant Moulden - double bass, and Greg Watson - drum-kit, along with vocalists Lou McKenna, Heidi Marques and Gray Williamson.
‘Stay tuned’ to hear the Rainbow Coast Big Band near you soon!