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West Norfolk swing band seeks new musical director

Centre Stage Swing Band is looking for a new musical director PICTURE: MICHAEL FYSH
Centre Stage Swing Band is looking for a new musical director PICTURE: MICHAEL FYSH

Are you In the Mood to become the new musical director for a popular swing band which delights audiences across the area?

Centre Stage Swing Band is putting out an appeal to find a new director to take charge of the baton.

The current musical director, Chris Kirk, is stepping down after taking over following the death of Roger Lines.

Centre Stage has been entertaining audiences around Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire for more than 30 years by taking them back to the golden age of swing.

Band member Tom Melvin is also hoping to attract new musicians, particularly trumpeters, to the join the ranks.

He said: “Whoever joins will get a blast out of it!

“At Christmas time, we will be losing our musical director.

“Chris took over for an interim period after Roger Lines died last year. He had been the musical director for many years.”

The new director will need a good musical knowledge and be able to conduct the orchestra.

Centre Stage was formed in 1983 by Mr Lines and has had more than 200 players pass through its ranks since then.

Two of the original members continue to perform with the band.

Along with raising thousands of pounds for good causes, the band also provides valuable training for musicians of all ages and abilities.

The band currently has 18 members but are hoping to swell these numbers.

Audiences have been delighted over the years with the band’s renditions of hits from Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman.

Popular songs in the band’s reportoire include Get Happy, String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade, It Don’t Mean a Thing and Tuxedo Junction plus many more.

The band rehearses in Leziate Village Hall on a Monday evening from 7.30pm.

If you are interested in joining up or becoming the new musical director contact Tom Melvin on 01945 465656.

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