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TUNING up for their own fundraising concert are members from the Whopping Big Band.
TUNING up for their own fundraising concert are members from the Whopping Big Band.

STUDENT musicians from schools around the Tweed who are part of the community-based Whopping Big Band are raising funds through a musical extravaganza night to cover the cost of public liability insurance.

Whopping Big Band conductor Peter McLaughlin said the rising insurance costs was difficult for the community band to cover.

"Our band is full of students from around the Tweed and we play at community events for free - so we have no funds," he said.

"The band members are predominantly school students with a couple of older professional musicians thrown into the mix."

Mr McLaughlin said to address the problem the band was holding a "Big Band Extravaganza" night on November 20.

"We have many bands coming to play on the night and help us raise funds for the two biggest cost factors for community-based youth bands - the insurance and the cost of music sheets," he said.

"We want to be able to maintain the bands as they provide a lot of groundwork and training in the field for young students - many of whom go on to study at university."

Mr McLaughlin said the Big Band Extravaganza would be held at Murwillumbah High School Elliott Centre from 7pm and include performances from Northern Rivers Conservatorium Big Band, Swing Express, Whopping Big Band and Mt St Patrick's College Jazz Band. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 students and are available through Murwillumbah Primary School on (02) 6672 1467.

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