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Rodger Fox Big Band Invited to Celebrated Festival

Rodger Fox Big Band Invited to Celebrated Festival

The Rodger Fox Big Band has received an invitation to perform at the 2017 Monterey 60th Anniversary Jazz Festival in the USA in September of this year.

While in Los Angeles the big band wishes to record all of the material being performed on a tour at the famed United Studios in Los Angeles. This studio has a major history to it having record the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick and Diana Krall.

This invitation was not expected by the big band and has been extended because of our commitment to big band music and the international reputation that the band has achieved and Rodger’s long association with the Monterey Festival, having performed there on three other occasions.

To cut to the chase – we need support to get the band to Monterey hence this approach to you! The Society and our band members are working hard performing at various events to raise the funds to get the band to the USA and our players will contribute personally towards our funding efforts. That said, it is a real challenge for us.

The total cost to the society for the complete band of 21 members is $128,000.00

Wellington Jazz Orchestra Incorporated (the society that organises the affairs of the Rodger Fox Big Band), is a registered charity (CC42057). As such, any donation made to the organisation can be claimed as a tax rebate.

Fundraising has already begun plus a Boosted campaign has been setup. Boosted is operated by the NZ Arts Foundation and can be accessed via www.boosted.org.nz/projects/rfbigband and this campaign will go “live” on May 26.

If you would prefer to support the tour outside of the Boosted campaign let us know and we can arrange an alternative means for you to donate funds.

If there is anything I can do to furnish more information, I would be delighted to discuss it further.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Kind regards,

The Rodger Fox Big Band


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