The young jazz band Kajam at their last performance for Bands in the Rotunda in 2011 (from left) Aiden Hogg, Aiden Patrick, Quentin Chen and Karen Mayfield.
The young jazz band Kajam at their last performance for Bands in the Rotunda in 2011 (from left) Aiden Hogg, Aiden Patrick, Quentin Chen and Karen Mayfield. Contributed

Great music at the rotunda

BANDS in the Rotunda in Memorial Park is back for the 2012 season.

To start the year off, organisers invite everyone to bring their dancing shoes and their enthusiasm along this Sunday to support two of the regions newer jazz bands.

And if the music doesn't move you to get up and dance, then simply relaxing is okay too.

Best of all, it is free.

One of the bands is so new it doesn't have a name yet, so a few suggestions on Sunday may help them out.

Comprising adults who love playing jazz, the band is looking forward to playing different styles on Sunday at its first official performance.

There are 11 musicians in the line-up but members are still looking for a few more to round out the sections.

The unnamed band will play a variety of styles - swing, latin, rock, funk - as well as a selection of well loved melodies, starting at midday.

The next band, Kajam, coming on stage about 12.45pm, were so well liked at their performance in October last year that people want to hear more.

Kajam, playing easy listening jazz is made up of Aiden Patrick on trumpet, Karen Mayfield on drums, Quentin Chen on keyboards and Aiden Hogg on bass guitar.

This young band, all local high school students, has been playing in this arrangement for almost 22 months, although they all play in other bands covering a wide range of styles.

And you may have heard of Aiden's spectacular win at the Tamworth Country Music Festival which gives an idea of the versatility and talent here.

If you need a band for an event, look no further than either of these two bands.

Sounds like a good reason to put this Sunday aside and bring your family and friends down to Memorial Park for an afternoon of free community entertainment.

Grab your lunch, blanket or chair and friends (and don't forget the dancing shoes) and head for historic Memorial Park on Sunday, noon-1.45pm, (weather permitting).

If you are in a local band or know of local bands that may want to be involved in future Bands in the Rotunda programs, phone Joolie Gibbs on 5481 0732.

Gympie Times


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