Listen: Open House presenter and band conductor Stephen O’Doherty with an insider’s view of a significant regional cultural festival. Image: Leeton Town Band Director Ruth Tait with members of the massed band at the Roxy Theatre, Leeton
The City of Leeton lies in the fertile Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. Rice, fruit, beef and wheat thrive in the region.
Leeton is also home to the Outback Band Spectacular, bringing together rural and city bands for a unique weekend – sharing the sheer joy of making music on a grand scale.
What started as a small exchange between local country bands has quickly grown to become a highlight of the region’s cultural calendar.
The Leeton Town Band invites whole bands and individual instrumentalists to join a weekend of music making.
Both the musicians themselves and the town are the beneficiaries of this unique event.
Several years ago, as the Musical Director of the Golden Kangaroos Hornsby Concert Band, I took my own band to the Leeton Outback Band Spectacular, not quite knowing what to expect.
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From the outdoor concerts in Mountford Park and the Gala Concert in the Roxy Theatre through to the warm hospitality of the Leeton Town Band we were hooked and have returned each year.
As a conductor it brings me immense joy each year to work alongside Ruth Tait, Leeton Town band’s Musical Director and a driving force behind the Outback Band Spectacular, to create a unique experience for both country and city musicians alike.
This podcast captures some of the sounds and joy of the Leeton Outback Band Spectacular 2017.
Music in the podcast includes Bring Him Home (Jeanne Hope, trumpet solo) and Let’s Do It (Jane Hill, vocalist).