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Creative Northland has an ongoing commitment to making sure that the arts sector in Northland is dynamic, thriving, influential and productive.

Basin City Big Band


Dereck Hopper
Ph: 0278262510
Email: tunefultrumpet@gmail.com
Web: https://www.facebook.com/basincitybigband/

Medium: Music

Bio information: The Basin City Big Band is a 17 piece jazz band playing hits from the 40’s and 50’s (Glen Miller, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald ) to recent times (Michael Buble, Robbie Williams – Swing When You’re Winning). The big band, which was formerly known as the Wards Music Big Band, has been doing gigs around Whangarei and Northland for the last 20 years. Currently they feature two great vocalists, Chris Townshend and Allison McKellar, who cover a wide range of vocal styles including some spectacular duets. Musical director Derek Hopper says the band is available to play at community and co-operate events but also to watch out for a series of evening dances at the Riverbank Theatre which the group is planning for 2017.