The Strathcona Big Band, Campbell River’s own 15 piece swing and jazz big band is returning to the Royal Coachman Pub, Sunday, Dec. 17 from 1-4 p.m. to bring some jazzy Christmas cheer to the Campbell River landmark.
This will mark the band’s second public appearance this fall following a sold out performance in November at the River City Players Theater.
Largely comprised of local Campbell River musicians with a sprinkling of saxes from Courtenay, the ensemble is a regular returning favorite to the Pub for the past few years. A program of seasonal selections as well as traditional jazz tunes feature inspired and energetic solos by well known and respected local musicians including Roger Kirk and Jay Havelar on trumpet, Carrie Fowler on tenor sax, Suzie Christensen and Rachel Fuller on alto sax, Tom Tinsley on drums and Dave Johnson on trombone. Rounding out the sets is the simply amazing Amy Lelliot on vocals bringing us some familiar standards and some warm Christmas cheer to boot. Last year’s appearance of the local big band packed the pub so be sure to bring a friend and come early for the lunch and best seats!
Admission is by donation and the chef inspired lunch menu is an added bonus well worth the visit!