New musical director for Centre Stage Swing Band

Chris Gutteridge is the new musical director of the Centre Stage Swing Band. Picture by Adam Fairbrother MLNF16AF03091
Chris Gutteridge is the new musical director of the Centre Stage Swing Band. Picture by Adam Fairbrother MLNF16AF03091
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Rehearsals for the West Norfolk-based Centre Stage Swing Band are now held under the baton of new musical director, Chris Gutteridge.

A well-known local musician, Chris also directs the Hunstanton Concert Band.

Formed in 1983 by musician and teacher Roger Lines, Centre Stage has been entertaining audiences around Norfolk, Cambbridgeshire and Lincolnshire by taking them back to the golden age of swing.

After Roger’s death in 2013 the band continued to flourish under temporary conductors.Over the years the band has proved a valuable training ground for musicians both young and old, with 200 players passing through its ranks.

The band has raised many thousands of pounds for charity and has played at many concert venues, local churches and town halls.

Derek Steele said: “We play a great variety of music, mainly instrumentals, along with vocal arrangements.

“The programme includes the standard big band repertoire with arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Glen Miller, plus Latin American numbers.”

Rehearsals are held at Leziate Village Hall on most Monday evenings and Derek added: “We welcome musicians, particularly brass players, at present. If you want to enjoy the thrilling big band sound, and to play jazz, why not drop in to a rehearsal and check us out?”