Swinging sounds to flood river beach

February 15, 2017

Swinging sounds: Rotary Club of Cobram's Neill Kerr, John Crawford and Trevor Noonan get into the musical spirit ahead of the Rathdowne Street big band performance on Sunday.

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.

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