SWINGING THROUGH:   Kalamunda Youth Swing Band has already begun rocking the Southern Downs.
SWINGING THROUGH: Kalamunda Youth Swing Band has already begun rocking the Southern Downs. Contributed

Get swinging with inspirational youth band

JUMPERS and Jazz newcomers the Kalamunda Youth Swing Band are already making the case for being the hardest working band on the festival.

The band joined the festival after funding had already been allocated, so it self-funded its travel from Western Australia.

Band members are staying at O'Shanley's Irish Pub in Clifton which is owned by the brother of their manager Marion Shanley.

"My brother Fletcher has subsidised our costs for staying here and we have been playing shows in the pub to pay him back,” she said.

The band has already put on two shows for the pub clientele and run workshops with Pilton State School and Clifton State High School.

Today the band will be at Warwick State High School.

Music director Jon Fernandes said the workshops were the band's way of giving back to the community.

"At the school we had the kids with us while we were playing so they could feel what it is like to be in a Jazz band,” Mr Fernandes said.

He said the band's predominantly female frontline of players delivered a positive message to students at the schools.

"It is good to have equal gender representation as it helps girls at the school to realise they are able to establish a career in music,” he said.

The band will perform at 10am today in front of Warwick Town Hall, 6pm at the Warwick RSL and tomorrow at 6pm during the Jumpin' Jazz Laneway Party at the town hall.

"We love hanging out together but we also work really hard and take every opportunity we can to play,” Mr Fernandes said.

"We are happy to be here and will be playing a variety of music that newcomers and Jazz aficionados can enjoy.”



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