Thompsons Beach will come alive with big band sounds this weekend with a large musical ensemble set to delight the region’s ears.
The Rathdowne Street band will be performing at Thompsons Beach on Sunday, as part of a Rotary Club of Cobram fundraiser.
Money raised from the event will go towards improvements and development of Ottrey Lodge.
Rotary’s Neil Kerr said the Rathdowne Street band was an 18-piece group and played professionally around Melbourne.
‘‘The music’s going to be swing-style jazz, soul, modern jazz and rock ’n’ roll and a soul singer,’’ he said.
Mr Kerr said there would be a dance floor for any rock ’n’ roll or jazz enthusiasts who wanted to listen and groove.
‘‘It’s a fantastic setting and a beautiful afternoon listening to a big band and soul music, something you’d rarely get to experience in Cobram,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a beautiful atmosphere at Thompsons Beach and it’s a great chance to spend a lovely afternoon with friends listening to some great music.’’
Mr Kerr said funds raised would go towards development and refurbishment at Ottrey Lodge, a facility instigated by the Rotary club.
‘‘Last year with the funds raised from the big band performance, they were able to purchase a bus,’’ he said.
The event is also supported by a number of local businesses.
●The Rathdowne Street band will be performing from 3pm to 7pm on Sunday, February 19 at Thompsons Beach, with gates open from noon.
Tickets are $30 and people can book tables of 10 at $30 per head. Bring your own food, drink, chairs and rugs.
Bookings can be made through Neil Kerr First National, 44 Punt Rd, Cobram or email [email protected] or phone 58721255.