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Big Band Swinging Back Into Belmont

Big Band Swinging Back Into Belmont

Who: Earthquacke Big Band
Where: Belmont Sportsmans Club
Author: Michael Gadd
When: Saturday June 16, 2001

THE Earthquacke Big Band recreates the big band magic from the swing era like no other on the Central Coast.

Drummer and band leader Mark Milne said the band was the only one of its kind on the Central Coast which performed consistently.

'We are one of the few groups who play more than 40 tunes at each performance - considerably longer than a full CD play length,' he said.

The band has built a rapport with the Belmont Sportsman's Club on previous visits and return there on Saturday, June 16.

The show will start at 7.30pm.

This 18-piece group performs many of the well-known swing era tunes, such as Glenn Miller's String of Pearls, Little Brown Jug and Tuxedo Junction, Artie Shaw's Begin The Beguine, Billy Strayhorn's Take The A Train, Gene Krupa's Drummin' Man, Tommy Dorsey's I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You, Stan Kenton's Peanut Vendor and other popular numbers from Woody Herman, Count Basie and Benny Goodman. The band's Hunter talent includes Warren Shaw on lead alto and clarinet, Gary Kosky on lead trombone and Josh Davis on trombone.

Nearing its first birthday, the band is looking to its fans to decide which direction it continues.

At shows, band members request comments from the audience regarding the performance.

'Ensuring audience satisfaction is an important part of the band's growth and success, guests are asked to lodge their comments on paper to receive an Earthquacke Dance Card, which can be used to obtain free entry to future performances,' Milne said.

'We have a number of dancers and listeners in our audience who regularly attend our performances.

'I believe we should respond to the support shown by these fans.'

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